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Brain Fog: When It’s Normal and When to See a Doctor

See a Doctor if Other People Notice Your Brain Fog One of the problems with brain fog is that it isn’t always easily noticed in milder… Samantha Davis - November 29, 2022
The people around you might notice symptoms before you- listen. Shutterstock.

See a Doctor if Other People Notice Your Brain Fog

One of the problems with brain fog is that it isn’t always easily noticed in milder cases. It’s also easy to brush forgetfulness off as something that just “happens” when we’re a little sleepy. However, if brain fog is impacting your life or its effects are severe enough that other people notice, it might be time to see a doctor. Often, the people we are closest to might notice symptoms before we do. It’s not always easy to hear that your brain isn’t doing what it should, but recognizing the problem earlier means finding a solution sooner.

Take note of any symptoms occurring with brain fog so you can bring them up to your doctor. Shutterstock.

Brain Fog and Other Symptoms

Being aware of other symptoms that present with brain fog also helps with determining the cause of brain fog and the best course of treatment. The way brain fog is treated changes based on the cause. In some cases medication is beneficial. For others, it’s best to manage symptoms by making dietary changes or reducing stress. There are also apps to create reminders to help manage your symptoms. Since brain fog comes and goes, track when you feel foggy and other symptoms. Your doctor will use this information and other diagnostic tests to help you find a solution.

Being aware of your family history of disease helps you watch for certain symptoms. Shutterstock.

Talk to Your Doctor if You Have a Family History of Neurological Problems

While people develop neurological conditions for many different reasons, family genetics plays a big role in what conditions you are more likely to end up with. This is especially true with conditions like multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s disease. They aren’t necessarily passed down through families, but they have certain genetic markers that are passed down. There is no guarantee that you’ll end up with a condition because you are genetically predisposed. However, it does mean that if you have neurological symptoms like persistent brain fog, it is worth discussing with your doctor.

Medicine is always advancing, so ask your doctor about new ways to manage symptoms at your annual checkup. Shutterstock.

Chronic Conditions and Annual Checkups

For people with chronic conditions, it’s easy to push off brain fog as “just another symptom” that you have to learn to deal with. However, brain fog that doesn’t seem to go away or that has gotten worse could be a sign that you need to take different steps to manage your condition. The best thing to do is to keep a journal of symptoms and document when you are experiencing brain fog. Your doctor may be able to use this information at your annual checkup to help you come up with a plan for treating it.

 

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