Brain Fog / noun / Brain – fog \ˈbrān fog fäg\
A cognitive symptom associated with the conditions Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease
– the absence of mental energy, the sensation of having no thoughts, difficulty in focus, difficulty in concentrating, feeling mentally adrift, untethered, grasping at nothing, inner mental blankness
– making cognitive errors, errors of processing, errors of calculation, errors of memory, saying one thing when you mean another, untrustworthy mental processing, mouth not following mind, errors-of-speech, errors in writing, temporary dyslexia, inability to recognise errors prior to them occurring, inability to recognise errors after they have occurred
– the sensation of mental strain during cognition, post-cognition physical and mental exhaustion
– mental exhaustion, mental fatigue, mental burn-out.
At the present time there is no targeted treatment for Brain Fog. The NICE Guidelines for CFSME suggest that treatment for those with mild to moderate CFSME should aim to sustain and extend cognitive functioning, if possible.
The extension of rest periods in response to an increase in symptoms is not to be advised.
If a setback occurs the healthcare professional should advise the person with CFSME that; it will improve, they should return to their baseline of activity and to introduce regular relaxation and rest periods.
Mentally away, hope to be back soon.
© Lindy 2015