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What Is MS Brain Fog?

By Daryl H. Bryant (380 words)
Posted in Living with MS on October 27, 2016

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What Is MS Brain Fog?

Each person experiences MS differently, but there are a few symptoms we can all relate to. One of the most pervasive (and troubling) is MS brain fog. But what exactly is MS brain fog anyway? Read on to learn more about MS brain fog and how to combat it on your journey to live MS symptom free.

What is MS Brain Fog?

Brain fog is one of the first symptoms that people with MS notice, and it usually affects people long before their diagnosis. It can be difficult to pinpoint because it affects all cognitive functioning, but isn’t easy to see physically. It may present as difficulty remembering names and appointments, trouble concentrating, or constantly losing track of conversations. MS brain fog can make you feel like you are going crazy because it literally feels like you are in a fog or dreaming. Things that were once simple tasks may require increased concentration and effort leading to frustration and stress.

What Are the Challenges of MS Brain Fog?

The most obvious challenge of MS brain fog is personal. You may become depressed that you are not as productive as you would like or feel less self-confident. But MS brain fog doesn’t just affect you personally; it can also affect you socially and professionally. Family members and friends may get frustrated when you forget important conversations or events, and employers may be less than forgiving if you miss deadlines or appear sluggish. When brain fog hits, it’s important to be upfront with those around you about how it affects you so that they understand.

What Can I Do To Combat MS Brain Fog?

Thankfully, there are many things you can do to combat MS brain fog. The most important is to eat a well-balanced diet and stay away from foods that cause inflammation. Also, try not to get too down about your brain fog as depression can make things worse. If you are dealing with MS brain fog, check out our list of 5 common memory problems and how to deal with them.

MS brain fog is an all-encompassing symptom, but there are many things you can do to combat its challenges. Click here for more information about reducing your brain fog and other MS symptoms.

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