Brain-fog (Part 1)

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

I can relate a lot to this, though I’m not as extreme.

Dead Men Don't Snore

One of the most frustrating symptoms of ME is a pervasive form of cognitive dysfunction known commonly as ‘brain-fog’. In its milder form, brain-fog is comparable to the poor concentration and foggy-headedness a healthy person might experience during a cold; its severe form however is utterly debilitating.

Brain-fog typically affects memory, concentration, word-finding abilities and language-comprehension. This makes it more difficult for sufferers to learn new skills or retain information, and severely restricts their ability to study or work. The form and severity of cognitive dysfunction varies from person to person and from day to day. On a good day, I am able to concentrate in twenty minute bursts and this allows me to read, write, chat or watch TV spread out through the day; however short these sessions I am immeasurably grateful to be doing these things as many patients with severe ME cannot do them at all.


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