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Brain Fog - is this a real thing?

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baringan Fri 02-Sep-16 09:33:40

I've been quite worried about my mental health over the last 6 months. My memory is terrible, I am finding it hard to keep track of appointments, I am anxious that I am not on top of things. Yesterday I dyed my hair and mixed the conditioner into the bottle instead of the colour - didn't realise until I went to wash it off and realised it hadn't changed colour confused. I'm not sleeping and feel slightly on edge most of the time.

A friend said to me that this type of brain fog - and that's exactly what it feels like, a fog - is common with the menopause. I'll be 50 in a month or so.

OhNoNotMyBaby Fri 02-Sep-16 09:39:29

yes, I'm afraid it is a real thing. If you google it you will find lots of research papers and commentary about it.

I find it horrible and worrying too tbh. I'm older than you but it's still happening. I couldn't remember the word for scarecrow the other day, and came up with 'stuffed people'. I don't believe it's early dementia (I sincerely hope not shock - it is brain fog. I don't remember what the DCs tell me about what they're doing when and where - though there are 3 of them and I work FT, so not entirely abnormal on that one.

No suggestions - just accept it is normal.

wigglybeezer Fri 02-Sep-16 09:45:02

I am 48 and don't feel mentally sharp these days, however, on the rare occasion when I sleep well for a couple of days my faculties seem to return, so I reckon tiredness is the main factor.

baringan Fri 02-Sep-16 09:54:06

OhNoNotMyBaby sad

I have had a couple of episodes when I have been driving somewhere and momentarily I don't recognise where I am. It lasts seconds but its a horrible feeling sad

I don't drink enough water so I will try drinking more and seeing if that helps.

I have been so concerned. Does it go (too scared to google hmm)?

googlepoodle Fri 02-Sep-16 10:22:56

HRT helped really quickly with this for me

OhNoNotMyBaby Fri 02-Sep-16 10:27:58

It does go apparently. Don't be afraid!

baringan Fri 02-Sep-16 10:43:51

not sure i am 'eligible' for hrt as am still having periods, albeit a bit more randomly than before?

right, its plenty of water, an omega supplement and fresh air every day!!

PollyPerky Fri 02-Sep-16 16:14:16

HRT is for women with symptoms whether they are having periods or not.

SarfEast1cated Sat 03-Sep-16 09:29:00

*googlepoodle Fri 02-Sep-16 10:22:56

HRT helped really quickly with this for me*

Really? I need this then. Am about to start college course and feel like I can't remember a thing! What's the process? Do you need blood tests etc?

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