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Cognitive impairment is not only a very common symptom in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis, it affects patients with Lyme disease, Gulf War Illness, hypothyroidism, and all neuroimmune illnesses. The range of cognitive problems associated with these illnesses may include such things as forgetfulness, memory lapses, an inability to concentrate, easy distractibility, confusion, transposing numbers or words, getting lost in familiar places and difficulty communicating effectively.
These symptoms are collectively referred to as “brain fog,” because trying to focus the cognitively impaired brain feels much like trying to see what's around you in a dense fog.
The degrees of impairment can range from mild to severe, and in come cases can result in the loss of employment.
ProHealth would like to have your input on this frustrating symptom. What types of cognitive impairment do you experience? What remedies have you tried? What has or has not worked for you? Have you developed any coping methods to help you function more effectively?
Results will be posted next month on the ProHealth site and in our HealthWatch newsletters.
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