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LUPUS Fog

Posted Sep 05 2009 10:07pm

Lately I have been noticing some changes with myself. I don’t want to be alarm but somehow it gets my attention and I can’t get it off my mind. You see I have a sharp thinking memory. I am systematic and I am really proud of my brain. But lately I end up confused. During conversation I got tongue tied that I end up mixing my statement. Then I always end up with forgetting dates.

Here are my experiences :

  • I read my little girl’s notebook about her assesment week. Even if I saw the date I still got it all wrong. Good thing, I checked twice
  • I forgot I issued a payment through check for the husband’s insurance. I end up paying over the counter. So that made a double payment. Again, it’s a good thing I check our account or else the check I issued for our housing loan would bounce.
  • I thought I need to pay the tuition fee of the little girl this coming September 15. As it turned out the paper I saw on her envelope which serves as reminder was date August and I have paid that already. Urgh!
  • And yesterday I went to my little girl’s school because I thought it was the Parent’s Teacher Conference only to be greeted by an empty school. The PTC is not yesterday but rather on Sept 12.

Though I attribute all this to me not paying attention to the dates but I am also considering that my brain is being affected by my LUPUS. So today I search for the correlation of the brain and lupus and found a great article in the LFA website.

Actually the article discusses about LUPUS and the NERVOUS SYSTEM. Here are some information that have help me :

When lupus affects your central nervous system, many symptoms may occur, including:

  • headaches
  • confusion
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • seizures
  • strokes
  • vision problems
  • mood swings
  • difficulty concentrating

And here is another one.

As many as half of all people with lupus describe feelings of confusion, fatigue, memory loss, and difficulty expressing their thoughts. This collection of symptoms is termed cognitive dysfunction, although many people call it “lupus fog.”

Cognitive dysfunction most often affects people with mild to moderately active lupus. The causes of these symptoms, and the reasons that the symptoms tend to come and go, are not known. Living with cognitive dysfunction can be very frustrating. However, you can learn to improve your concentration and lessen confusion and memory loss with a variety of coping skills, including puzzles, games, biofeedback, using a daily appointment calendar, and balancing daily activities to reduce stress.

Now I know that I really need to tell this to my doctor. There are things that I have been experiencing that somehow this article from LFA have help me find a clue.

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