Causes and Treatment for Brain Fog Syndrome

Senior citizens complain about forgetfulness. It takes a long to recall the information as people grow old. However, overworking, lack of sleep and depression can root brain fog. There are many other reasons you may have brain fog. It is a frustrating situation but can be treated. So, never ignore the symptoms because if overlooked your life quality can get affected and it can cause other health conditions like Alzheimer’s, memory loss, and Parkinson’s.

The board-certified neurologists at South Valley Neurology have established themselves as a reputable care center for patients from age six to seniors. If you are struggling with the following symptoms then approach the neurologists immediately.

Symptoms of brain fog

  • Headaches
  • Sleeping issues or insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Impaired cognitive functions
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mild depression
  • Low motivation

What’s brain fog syndrome?

It can be characterized by forgetfulness, confusion, and lack of mental clarity. It can be caused because of many things. Brain fog on a cellular level is caused by high inflammation levels and hormonal changes that determine focus, energy, and mood. It’s important to not mistake brain fog with degenerative brain diseases, such as dementia.

Hormonal level imbalance can throw the entire endocannabinoid system off balance. Brain fog syndrome even causes diabetes, obesity, and abnormal menstruation.

Brain fog syndrome causes

  • During pregnancy, a women’s body undergoes a lot of changes. Chemicals are released for the protection and nourishment of the fetus, which may cause memory issues.
  • Multiple Sclerosis is a disease affecting CNS [central nervous system]. It can alter the way the brain interacts with your body. In MS condition, people struggle with language, attention, memory, and planning.
  • Some prescribed and OTC medications can cause fogginess in thinking. If you feel there is no mental clarity or you suddenly cannot remember things visit the doctor. You may be sensitive to some chemicals!
  • Chemotherapy uses strong drugs, which can cause ‘Chemo brain’. The patients find it hard to remember dates and names. They find multi-tasking hard and doing tasks take longer than usual. Even if cancer has affected the brain, it can cause brain fog.
  • During menopause, women find it hard to remember or learn things. It occurs after their last menstrual cycle around the age of 45 to 50. She may even encounter sudden sweating or hot flashes with high body temperature and heart rate. 
  • CFS or chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition, where the body and mind stay tired for long. 
  • Depression makes you feel less energetic and less motivated. Depression when impacts the brain causes a fog.
  • Sleep helps the mind and body to recover. Good rest at night is essential because lying in the bed awake can cause brain fog.
  • Lupus disease attacks the immune system and symptoms can differ. However, more than 50% of patients with lupus struggle with concentration issues, memory loss, and confusion. 
  • Exposure to pollution, toxins, insecticides, and chemical substances can promote hormonal imbalance causing forgetfulness. 

Brain fog treatment

There are certainly ways to beat brain fog. Modification in lifestyle can help like –

  • Positive thinking will reduce stress.
  • Less screen time.
  • Balanced diet.
  • Sufficient sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoking in the evening.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Find activities to enjoy and stay happy. 

Mental decline is normal as well as a concerned consequence of aging. So, take care of brain function maintenance right from a young age!