The 12th Invest in ME Conference, Part 1
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What Fixed/Aided Your Brain Fog?

Discussion in 'Cognition' started by MAF14, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. Timaca

    Timaca Senior Member

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    I will also state that cutting out high histamine foods (including animal protein....for me there was just too much histamine in it) also helped a lot with the brain fog.
     
  2. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    My dietician wants me to eat a few seeds and nuts with each meal (I think for the omega-3s). I have also seen recommendations to eat less meat and more fish and shellfish. No one can seem to agree on what foods are and are not good for you. :confused:
     
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    Timaca Senior Member

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    It's individual what foods are good (or not) for a person. In general, nuts and seeds are great foods if you aren't allergic or intolerant to them. If you do have a problem with nuts and seeds they can cause headaches and other minor issues or they can kill you. Usually a person knows if they have a major problem with a food because it is life threatening and you end up in the ER. The intolerance symptoms can be less easy to discern......that's where I'm at right now. Even 1 ounce of corn (I've learned to test small amounts) seemed to give me problems. I will retest it again in a couple of weeks. I will test just 1/2 ounce of nuts when I get around to testing them. Sunflower seeds did not seem to go well for me when I tested them......
     
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  4. Jimbo39

    Jimbo39 Senior Member

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    Alpha-GPC
    PS
    Curcumin
    Resveratrol
    Colostrum
    Oxaloaloate (glutamate pump)
     
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  5. place

    place Be Strong!

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    Not eating gluten/dairy
    If I have an important meeting the night before I Take anti viral, difulcan and fish oil

    The day of, if I have any , lovonox. I'm right as rain and my Irish wit is in full force
     
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    Jimbo39 Senior Member

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    Jimbo39 Senior Member

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    Oh, wait it worked.
     
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    Lovonox... heparin?!
     
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    Interestingly, a lot of us can't do fish oil. There's a discussion somewhere about it; I'm one of them. It makes my exhaustion noticeably worse.
     
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    For me... cooling down is the key... more-so than most people... I pretty much require a cooling towel. I also need white noise... (and occasionally melatonin) and light therapy in the morning. Medication will start to cause memory retention issues... so I avoid it like the plague.
     
  11. hamsterman

    hamsterman Senior Member

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    Sorry about the Parkinsons.

    Based upon how you reacted to anesthesia (I responded the exact same way). You might benefit from LDN. I am not an expert or anything... I just noticed this pattern with others.
     
  12. antherder

    antherder a.k.a. Princess Dauer, Nematode Nation

    Is your tap water chlorinated? If so, that might affect you too. I have a chlorine sensitivity, and tap water makes me wheezy, sneezy, and queasy. Not fun.
     
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  13. arewenearlythereyet

    arewenearlythereyet Senior Member

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    The only thing that has significantly helped with brain fog in my case is vitamin b12. At work I used to have to take a break every 2 hrs and have a lie down in my car for 20 min. Since I took the b12 I don't need those breaks anymore. When I take the b12 away, the brain fog comes back. Pretty conclusive for me. Pacing and sleep obviously key as well as others have mentioned.
     
  14. Timaca

    Timaca Senior Member

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    Yes, our tap water is chlorinated. That does concern me. I now use a Brita filter....don't know how much that helps. I'd love to get it tested before and after filtering......................

    Thanks for the thought....
     
  15. antherder

    antherder a.k.a. Princess Dauer, Nematode Nation

    @Timaca,

    Forgot to add that when I ran my 23andme results through Promethease, it came up with this snp which apparently means I'm a slow metabolizer of chlorinated swimming pool water, and the drug, DCA. Also of protein. Not sure how accurate it is, but found it interesting. Just mentioning in case you did the 23andme thing too;

    https://www.snpedia.com/index.php/Gs311

    I did experiment with various water filters, including a jug, but they didn't remove 100% of the chlorine. Of course, I still get a dose of chlorine in the shower, unfortunately.
     
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  16. lnester7

    lnester7 Seven

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    I just wanted to say if I can get better from brain fog anybody can. Mine was so extreme that I was afraid the damage was permanent.
    I am not sure if my BF was cured by the antiviral (FAMVIR) or the OI meds (florinef+midodrine+propanalol) but I have most of my brain back. The speed processing is still faulty I used to be very snappy, That is not back yet (or might be that I now live on my second language) not sure.
     
  17. Basilico

    Basilico Florida

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    I'm a little confused, maybe someone with more BioChem understanding than me can explain something. The pH of the small intestine is supposed to go from 6 to 7.4 (from slightly acidic to neutral). So just because Candida can raise the pH from 4 to 7, why would that at all matter? That part of the GI tract shouldn't be acidic anyway.

    The intestines are already at the pH level that Candida can produce. The quote says that Candida produces an "alkaline environment" by raising pH from 4 to 7, but 7 isn't alkaline, it's neutral, meaning that Candida actually can't produce an alkaline environment, at best it can neutralize acidity. What am I missing here?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10421978
     
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    Late to the thread, but I'll add that apigenin has a slight but noticeable and reliable reduction in brain fog for me. I'm presently not taking it for a few days to see if the effect is still noticeable, but so far I've considered it worth the cost (it's cheap). I've tried lots of supplements and foods, but apigenin is the only one I've found worth taking daily. I'll repeat that it's only a slight reduction, but enough to make a difference in trying to think.
     
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  19. SueJohnPat

    SueJohnPat Sue

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    Late to thread- I discovered I was reactive to mold 2 years ago.

    My cfs lasted about 6 years. I had the usual pem confirmed diagnosis by 2 exercise studies consistent with cfs.

    About year 1 into my illness I was diagnosed with add; I had mouth diarrhea and my personality was “ hyper” ;
    My brain felt inflamed. This continued and then started getting emotional meltdowns by year 4-5.
    At year 6 thought mold might be in play and took a sabbatical in Death Valley. I did an air B and B in Tecopa . Felt too ill to tent camp.
    Had a dramatic improvement after Death Valley and cholestyramine.

    After selling our home and putting possessions in storage and tent camping for a week I finally feel like myself
    again. I have my physical strength and stamina back but the cognition is finally normal again if I remain free of exposures.

    My son was diagnosed with add and depression at age 12 . After moving to our apartment after 3 months he went off all of his medications and his grades have improved greatly. He is now 17. His psychiatrist was taking notes from me at his last appointment. He had rages and meltdowns almost had to put him in a psyche ward. He had been a happy loving intelligent child and it seemed to come from nowhere. I am glad I was ill in a way because we never would have though mold exposure would have caused mental illlness symptoms.

    This took about a year after my trip to Death Valley. Still get “ hits” but I am slowly moving forward.

    Husband was affected too. Took him a year to believe finally believes after seeing the health of me and my son improve after getting away from whatever was contaminating our old home. .
     
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  20. Wonko

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    The other side.
    Predictable I know but I've found CoQ10 helps. It takes a while, initially it reduces the sensations of brain fog, but doesn't increase mental capacity. A few weeks later capacity increased, nowhere near old normal but enough to help.

    Downside I found rapidly, it's possible to crash really fast (about an hour of low grade stuff, still stuff I couldn't do previously but low grade/trivial stuff) when my brain isn't limited by all the fog. Full on PEM occurred the next day and lasted for a few days.

    So getting rid of all the fog, may not be wise, unless you have to have just a little more brain for a short period.
     

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