Beginners Guide to MS

Multiple Sclerosis: Brain Fog

"It seemed like the harder I tried to think, the worse it got. As if my mind was surrounded by a thick mist that wouldn't lift."

This may seem an odd way to begin this Guide: Brain fog? "What?" "Huh?"

"What about the serious stuff for goodness sake? My mind is fine, so get on with it!"

"I can't see properly! What about that?"

"I'm so exhausted, I can hardly move!"

"I keep tripping over my own feet; well, foot!"

"My legs feel like they are on fire!"

"I keep dropping things!" ...

This could easily be a very long list so I'll shut up and get to the point. You get the idea, I'm sure. This Beginners Guide is about introducing you to multiple sclerosis, in all its colors.

What is brain fog?

I'm glad you asked!

Brain fog is the name given by the MS Community at large; to a common complaint by people who have multiple sclerosis, that they cannot think clearly. It may even be why you went to your doctor.

More than likely however, is that brain fog has crept up on you slowly over the years. You are probably aware of 'something'; you just don't know what, making it difficult to think clearly. Some people describe it as 'like having cotton wool in your head'.

Over time, the 'cotton wool' feeling that prevents you from thinking clearly, gets worse and you must exert increasing amounts of energy to fight through the 'brain fog' barrier to accomplish, well, just about everything.

Before diagnosis, or a 'possible' multiple sclerosis diagnosis; 'brain fog' was just 'how it was' and was probably something you were never quite fully consciously aware of. You may even have thought everyone else is the same.

They're not.

Brain fog is generally lumped into the term, 'cognitive difficulties' or 'cognitive dysfunction'.

Cognitive dysfunction actually covers a whole range of different things, one of which is 'brain fog'. There are other things but I'll leave them for now. This is a Beginners Guide, remember?

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