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Brain Fog

Brain fog prevents the retention of newly introduced information to the brain. It literally makes the information foggy and causes it to fade faster than Madonna in London fog. This fading prevents the brain from being able to send the new information into storage.

The hippo of the brain (also know as the hippocampus---does it get a degree there?) is where new memories tend to be stored and it is where Alzheimer’s leaves the most lesions.

Depression may also be attributed to brain fog; you forget too quickly what fun you just had, what happiness you just felt! “I have a loving partner, three wonderful kids, a great job…why am I so sad?”


source: What Does a Hippo Do in the Fog? FMS, MS, Brain Fog from A Stellarlife by Diane J Standiford

This article (and blog in general) is well worth a read! There are also loads of useful links in the side panel there.

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trshtwns01
Oct. 5th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
It says too much when I read that as 'Bain Frog'

That's what I have, I suppose. It isn't recent information I have trouble retaining, but rather random brain freezes. I'll be in the middle of a sentence and forget what in the world I was saying, or I'll completely lose a common word until someone provides it to me. Something simple like 'fork' or 'hinge'. I've become really good at descriptions of things *laugh*

Do you feel that you remember your old information but lose new stuff (like in Alzheimer's or other dementia), or is it more widespread than that?
natf
Oct. 6th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
It says too much when I read that as 'Bain Frog'

I am known to do that!

That's what I have, I suppose. It isn't recent information I have trouble retaining, but rather random brain freezes.

That too.

I'll be in the middle of a sentence and forget what in the world I was saying,

And that.

or I'll completely lose a common word until someone provides it to me. Something simple like 'fork' or 'hinge'. I've become really good at descriptions of things *laugh*

Mmm hmmm - that too!

Do you feel that you remember your old information but lose new stuff (like in Alzheimer's or other dementia), or is it more widespread than that

Both, really. Also, it varies from day to day and even minute to minute. Some days I can remember everything from the last week but others I cannot remember what I was about to say as I start to say it or what I just stood up to do while I am still starting to stand up.

I can often remember (and still understand to the extent that I can apply it) stuff from ages ago, like what I learned at college/uni - Biochemistry BSC and Information Technology MSc, but sometimes I cannot. It is like all that stuff is still in my memory but I have forgotten how to get at it - a bit like a database with a corrupted index. Then, an hour later it all works again.

It is actually pretty similar to Alzheimer's, in fact, which is scary.

Yeah. Feh.

*hugs*

Edited at 2008-10-06 02:03 pm (UTC)
moonlightgryph
Oct. 6th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
That's a great article. Thank you for sharing!
natf
Oct. 6th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading! I am hoping more people will understand my main MS symptom now because that was so well written!
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