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

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… Samantha Davis - November 29, 2022
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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