Have you had those days when your brain just doesn’t function and your energy levels hit the floor? Join the club. I’m struggling with this problem today as I’m writing this article. So, I thought I would just address the issue since it does seem to follow after cancer treatment, even years later, obviously.
We identify this condition as ‘Brain Fog’ or ‘Chemo Brain’. In fact, at our Wellspring Calgary center, we run a course entitled ‘Brain Fog’, developed by Dr. Heather Palmer. When I engage in conversations with our members, this usually comes up as a topic when the brain fuzzes over and you can’t find that word or thought in your head that would normally show up.
It’s annoying, frustrating and can be very embarrassing. It seems to show up at the oddest times and in the most inappropriate circumstances. Today, it’s frustrating because I have so much to share and the thoughts are jumbled inside of me taking a Herculean effort to sort them out in a meaningful way. So, here goes. I’ll do my best.
What Are The Symptoms?
|Difficulty in focusing on a task (i.e. this article) or concentration
|Memory Gaps – it’s as though the brain has swallowed up that information or misfiled it somewhere you can’t find.
|Trouble multi-tasking – getting distracted happens often
|Drifting off somewhere during a conversation – you suddenly can’t remember what you were talking about or trying to say
|Distracted thinking – going to get something and then can’t remember what it was.|
|Wrong words pop out – there is one word in your head and another comes out your mouth. Go figure.|
|Hazy thinking – it just takes so much energy to try and work through the fuzz that seems to be in your head|