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Question: six weeks ago while shopping with m girlfriend I suddenly felt this cloud descend on my head and my brain became foggy and my vision was a bit clouded as if I had a film over my eyes. Since then I have noticed that my short term memory has become really bad. My concentration and word recall have also been affected. My memory used to be excellent and I am really puzzled. Around two weeks after the sudden onset of my brain fog and memory problems I started getting headaches especially behind my eyes I have also developed muscular pain in my arm, neck ,shoulder and lower back (these may be due to the fact that I now remain in bed all the time as I have lost interest in everything due to my sudden and unexpected condition). I have had several blood test all came back normal. My gp has written to a neuro but it could take months before I see one. The sudden onset of my symtoms have got me stumped as I have always thought that only a stroke or a vascular disorder have such rapid onset. Two days before the rapid onset of my brain fog and memory problems I had been to a new years eve party where I consumed a lot of alcohol but I was fine the day after with no hangover. My problems began the second day after my excess alcohol consumption. I am just mentioning the alcohol as I thought it may be relevant. I have now completely stopped drinking with no improvement. For 4 weeks I have also been taking ginko, fish oil, vitamin b complex, b12 tonic, chelated magnesium and calcium and l-glutamine with no improvement. Grateful for any advice. Thank you.
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replied April 4th, 2006
Yea, Me Too...
Ask for a lyme disease test, as that is what ive been diagnosed with. This brain fog, or dream state (as it describes me) has progressed over time for me. Ive noticed it for 3 years now. My depression has also tajen a strong hold on me since then. This was also accompanied by multiple physical symptoms such as extreme chronic fatigue, muscle ache, joint pain.

As I look online through these forums, google searches, and other forums, as well as what my doctors tell me of other patients' symptoms, I am suprised and discouraged by the number of people experiencing such consistent, extreme neurological symptoms. Im yet to see a success story.

This is a shitty way to live . I recommend you ask about a tilt table test, tell a psychiatrist your symptoms, and like I said earlier, ask specifically for lyme disease test, or atleast look up info on symptoms.
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replied April 25th, 2006
Hey Walton
I just found your post. I have been looking for someone for months who was experiencing the same thing as me. My story is exactly like yours. I was drinking with some friends for a few days non-stop and the day after they left, I started getting all of these crazy neurological symptoms. That was in january and I am still having major problems. I have had to quit my job and move back home with my parents. I have been to countless doctors and nobody can seem to figure out what is going on. Have you found anything out about your condition? I am a 24 year old guy who was very active and healthy. This has pretty much destroyed my life for now.

Jade
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replied May 27th, 2012
hey i have the exact problem as u and i was drinking around 3 weeks ago for 3 nights ,now i have this constant brain fog-did u ever get better?what helps and if so please i need help cant study like this and have exams in 5 days:(
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replied May 27th, 2012
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replied May 30th, 2006
Brain Fogg Tunnel Vison
I have had the same thing. I get real foggy just kinda feel out of it. And I get like a tunnel vison where I can only see what I directly look at and everything else is fogged out. Somimes I would get a headace behind my eyes or feel kinda weird faint or qivery . I am 25 male I found that if I go stand in a completly dark room with my eyes open for 20 minutes or so it seem to mellow out to somewhat normal, at least better I was also tested for lymes and it came back ok. I dont drink, if u count maybe 3 or 4 smirnoff ice a year (exspensive soda ) that about it maybe a toast at a wedding thats it
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replied October 18th, 2012
Reply to tunnel vision
That's an aura (without migraine) that ur experiencing. Dark room is often best cure. And caffeine helps for some bc it's a spasm of blood vessels that cause it and the caffeine constricts vessels. But for some caffeine caused it so I dunno if caffeine helps in that case. I get auras sometimes after drinking. So scary first time I got one bc I saw crystal lights blocking my vision. I called my bro, luckily he's a doctor and knew what it was.

For the lead poster, you're describing different symptoms. Did u drink tons of water after the alcohol (in attempt to rehydrate). I've been getting the same symptoms for years. I finally figured out salt helps me. I try to rehydrate with water too quickly. (I do this after a long hot summer run too). That can cause dilutional hyponatremia. After several years of suffering from these symptoms (on random and unexpected occasions) I learned about salt and water balance in med school. The next time it happened I ate a jar of pickles to test my salt theory. I was so amazing. Suddenly the room got brighter and the brain fog lifted right out of my brain. I had all this energy to study again. Previously when I'd tried various foods or sugar I'd feel awful with brain fog for a day or 2. But this lifted it within 20 min. You should rehydrate with G2 (not as much sugar as regular Gatorade) after drinking. Or find better electrolyte drinks (I just get g2 bc it's everywhere). I've tried pedialyte - works even better but tastes awful.
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replied June 7th, 2006
I am so glad that I am not going crazy. I went to the doctor regarding my symptoms. Foggy mind, tingling in my arm and legs, headaches, confusion, memory problems. I wake up some morning and my head just isn't feeling right. Although the only pain I have been getting is the stabbing like headaches, all other symptoms are not painful but aggravating. I am going for blood work on june 21st and back to the doctor on the 22nd. I am very anxious. So if anyone is interested on the outcome, I will post it.

Do you suppose it's just a chemical imbalance in the brain????
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replied June 13th, 2006
Hey Smile 123
Have had just about identical symptoms since last september. Almost identical to yours. Let me know what your tests show and what advice you get. Has anyone who posted here gotten better. I am a 25 y.O. Male. It seems odd that we all fall into that age range and have similar sx. I was a perfectly healthy graduate student before this happened:-(

andy
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replied June 7th, 2007
Hello everyone. Wow you all sound like me which is suuuch a comfort to know I am not alone. I also got hit with the "brain fog" one night out of the blue and I don't drink alchohol unless I am at a wedding and even then I have a coolers. I have had this for a year now and with it I have other symptoms (in order):
- recurrent sinus infection
- extreme tiredness
- BRAIN FOG (NEVER WENT OR GOES AWAY OR GETS BETTER..only worse when I have a new cold which I get a lot of lately)
- lack of interests in anything
- Anxiety attacks
- Depression
- RECURRING OBESSESIVE THOUGHT
- Suicidal thoughts and I used to be very very happy
- Low Blood pressure
- Thyroid problems
- Recurrent fevers
- Earaches and feeling like my ears are clogged 24/7 for a year now
- Doctors said it's a sinus infection but clearly it's not and they pumped me full of different antibiotics (not a good idea, I know now)
- Had many tests and they are all great
- Eventually got recurrent vaginal yeast infections and itchy rectum
- Echsema
- Hot flashes

Now I googled "Brain Fog" intending to find out myself what was going on bc obviously the doctor's were clueless and I think I hit the nail right on the head...I am hoping too!! I came across Candida and was shocked by the history and cause of it and symptoms. In fact, I wouldn;t be at All surprised if we ALL on here had it. I came across three-lac and even if it's not an instant cure, i suffered a year already...what's a few more months or one more year? I want to be better on my wedding day and I am determined to make it happen (February 2008). How effective is threelac with 24/7 brain fog? does anyone else have 24/7 brain fog? Thanks:)

Heather
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replied October 18th, 2012
You have a lot more symptoms than previous posters. Have u read about adrenal fatigue? I've had the salt water balance issues for years (I posted a little above) but I think have progressed to adrenal fatigue bc of stress and pushing myself for too many years. I used to battle with 1-2 day brain fog accompanied by heavy limbs and fatigue. (When it happens it suddenly feels like my brain and arms are drained of blood or at least all energy and all I want to do is stare at the wall. But then I can't take a nap or even fall asleep that night. For me it's usually induced by running further distances a couple days plus fasting, but it happens other times too). Salt helped sometimes but I'm getting worse episodes and a recent one lasted 5 days- I could hardly get out of bed and caffeine did absolutely nothing. I recently learned a bunch about adrenal fatigue - drlam.com has videos and tons of info. I'm a med student and I can tell u they don't teach adrenal fatigue in med school. My parents are in med and never heard of it. They seem to think im a hypochondriac. The doctor I went to 2 days ago (after telling me I have tons of hormone imbalance) told me adrenal fatigue is real but they dont teach in med school bc they mostly only teach "diseases". In other words, I guess we have a ridiculous amount of things to learn and diseases are top of the list bc they can kill, fatigue doesn't usually kill ppl. Also, it's not recognized enuf throughout med community. But I can tell u, all the descriptions I've read on drlam's website check out in my med school books (low adrenal hormones leading to hypothyroid and low progesterone - he has a great video on it). I'm betting they'll be teaching everyone in medicine about adrenal fatigue within the next 20 years. It took awhile for the theory that "stress can cause diabetes" to be accepted. Now it's common knowledge as its been shown in plenty of studies.

I've never had candidiasis overgrowth. But I think that can happen when the female hormones get messed up. With adrenal fatigue you can get hypoadrenal hormones, hypothyroid, high estrogen or low progesterone. All of those make ya miserable. And those hormone imbalances cause salt and water imbalance, sleep issues, fatigue, brain fog, etc...

Do u have digestive issues? I've also read candidiasis overgrowth may be related to digestive issues. Candida lives in our GI tract normally. But if the bacteria in our GI don't keep it in check, it can cause lots of issues like fatigue and brain fog I think.

It's tough for drs bc tons of things can cause brain fog. Just to name some: poor sleep, electrolyte imbalance, hormone imbalance, viruses, bacteria, vitamin deficiencies, liver disease, pancreas disease, neuro diseases, heart disease. But most of us sound to be in 20s (I'm 30). It sounds like some of u are students too. It makes me wonder if several of us have at least subclinical hormone imbalances. Hormones and the brain are very intimately connected - like one big system. Hormones act the same way as neurotransmitters. And neurotransmitters and hormones all communicate like 1 big circuit. But it's tricky bc we dont seem to have a very good understanding of hormones in general. Think if it this way. When u get hormone checked, you're only say hypothyroid if your numbers are outside of what 90% of the population (I'm not sure of their percent for"normal range" cutoff). So say your amount of hormone is within range of 90% of ppl. That doesn't mean it's fine. Look at how many Americans have fatigue, brain fog, sluggish metabolism. Did those ppl make the "normal range" larger in studies bc they thought its totally normal to be tired a lot or didn't realize their brain wasn't working ver well? Just some things I wonder.
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replied June 9th, 2007
Hi
i think.... i have brain fog too..

i'm only 17 still i nhigh school. the year have been horrible for me because i can't conccentrate, and i ahve a poor short term memory( anything happenes during 10:30 - 12:00 am would feel like a dream to me) but sometimes i'll feel fine.

i get about 8-9 hours of sleep everyday, and i still feel tired all the time. i'm quite depressed, and my friends think i'm on drugs or something(this includes some of my teachers). sometimes i just laugh it off and pretend it was a joke. but i also feel that i might be going in sane or something.

i live in canada ontario, i wana know how i can help myself to decrease these symtoms. ever since i've hate brain fogs, i 've been less active, and less social. i've decided if i don't get this fixed, this will bugg me for ever and possibly make me not getting in to university.... Crying or Very sad

my life is pretty horrible right now, because i can't tell if something i did was real or maybe it was a dream..

i really need some help, so please give me a clue on what to do.
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replied June 11th, 2007
Hi there:) I am sorry to hear about your story. It sounds a bit like mine except that you get a break from the brain fog ie it's not always 24/7 for you. I am wondering if all of us who have this or depression or anxiety are either 1. Allergic to Gluton (get a food allergy test from the doctor)
2. Have Candida (which sometimes causes Leaky Gut syndrome which causes brain fog) I recommend you do what I did: I googled "Candida" and you will see many questionairre's ie tests to see if you very likely have candida. I almost positively have candida based on the results of my test. Nevertheless, I am going to the hospital today to rule out more important issues so I am getting an "EKG" to see if I have say a brain tumour. I am not trying to scare you but trying to rule out all the dangerous health issues first will confirm what you don;t have making it easier to find out what you do have. I am a little scared but like I said, I am almost certain I have Candida. Are you on the pill or any acne medication? Have you taken many many antibiotics for say sinus infections or anything? Have you ever had indigestion, bladder infections, tortourous PMS cramps? These are large signs of candida. Do you have any skin problems? I was beside myself when I started all of this and I told myself I would never never get better. I then realized that maybe I never would and that maybe this was a new burden to carry and that I had to accept it and find new ways to live with it. As incredibly hard as that sounds, if you can do it then I promise your depression will be alleviated to some degree as will any anxiety you experience. But please, research Candida. Take care and God bless.

Heather
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replied July 16th, 2007
Hello everyone. I am sorry I haven't been on for a while....still desperately trying to figure out what my 24/7 brain fog is caused from and to get better. Still no luck I am afraid but when I do notice any difference I will post. I am currently waiting to see a Food Allergy Specialist, on Prozac for quite sometime and man did that help with a loot of things so I will be doubling on it and started Oil Pulling..see www.oilpulling.com...I am just praying for a miracle. Please everyone try to keep me posted as well. Thank-you:) God bless:)

Heather
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replied August 22nd, 2007
Brain For, Headaches, Memory, Exzema
Hello Everyone,
Ever since Sprint built the cel site on the roof at my office I have been suffering from brain fog, headaches (sharp pains) and recently echsema.
I got them to move it to the far end of the building (because I was able to prove that it was interfering with the equipment). I purchased a Q-Link transmitter which has helped with the headaches, but the brain fog and depression is still there.
I have had friends also say that their cel phone gives them headaches.
I have to keep my cel phone away from me most of the day, or I also get the fog and headaches.
Isn't the FCC doing anything to protect people from this?
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replied March 15th, 2009
brain fog
it's the water. Drink spring water, if available, out of the CLEAR plastic containers. If you can't do that, at least filter your water through charoal and eat the darkest vegetables you can stand (steamed). Cut out pork in your diet, if you eat it. Get some sun---as much as you can stand. No more sodas and try to cut out canned foods. A little alcohol is fine unless you are allergic. It's environmental on so many levels. All of you guys live in different places but I will venture to guess there are similar environmental issues or similar food intake issues. Maybe start keeping a diary of what you eat, without changing anything for the first couple of weeks. Then post it--everyone--and see if there are any similarities. Also track what liquids go into the body. How much coffee, alcohol, soda, milkshakes, whatever. What type of water--tap, bottled, filtered? Who has animals and what kind? Can anyone test the water for lead levels? Just some thoughts.
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replied March 31st, 2009
Brain fog help?
Has anyone tried Vinpocetine? Or Ginkgo Biloba? Supposedly Vinpocetine is supposed to help clear "brain fog" significantly. I am planning on picking some up because my mental clarity is suffering tremendously. Just like some previous posters basically noted, it feels like my mental clarity has reduced by more than half of what it used to be.

This is definitely not normal... I used to be an A student and now my grades are suffering because I can't focus on anything and my mind feels extremely tired. Some days I will come home and sleep for 3 hours in the day time only to wake up feeling just as bad as before. I've tried taking Provigil and Adderrall, and all they did was give me a rush, they didn't make me feel any smarter at all, or even help me to focus much. I'm currently seeing a neurologist for this and having an EEG, MRI, and blood tests. This will get to the bottom of this terrible situation, I'll fill you in when I get the results.
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replied November 11th, 2011
I'm sorry bud but it's not gonna happen, all the results will come back clean and they will send you to a psychiatrist. And don't worry I know it's not something a psychiatrist can help with. I'm in the process of recovering from brain fog myself. I can help you if you email me. I don't have too much time because I'm in college
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replied February 16th, 2012
brain fog chronic headaches 8 years please help
hi mate if u have any advice please email me directly i have been battling similar symptoms for the last 8 years and its killing me. any advice would be so so so appreciated.

cheers, Richard
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replied April 2nd, 2014
Tell your dentist you want a 'panoramic' x-ray to test for hidden infection.What you`re describing sounds exactly like my dad except he suffered for 20+ years with those symptoms.They found a bad tooth (no pain there however,just migraines),pulled it and whammo.I won`t describe what was under the tooth but it was pretty awful.Chronic inflammation,wherever it may lie,is the cause of brainfog.Turmeric if used in large doses (being a powerful anti-inflammatory agent) can provide temporary relief if taken daily over time,but finding the root cause of the inflammation should be your goal.I`m certainly no expert but the 'dreamy braindead state' as I call it, has to do with the brains reaction to too much histamine (the cause of inflammation),and no,otc anti-histamines don`t work for various reasons.Good luck everyone.
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replied October 18th, 2012
Did the tests prove clean? I mentioned in a previous post (above), fatigue and brain fog aren't a disease. They can be caused by diseases, but they can be caused by tons of other stuff. The EEG, MRI, and blood tests will only pick up a disease (as in a tumor or demyelinating disease like M.S.). I see you posted in 2009. But if you're like me and have been having symptoms for years, maybe you're still looking. Or maybe others are reading this and looking for answers. Most drs don't have answers until you actually reach the point (after years) where labs can pick it up. But it's soooo frustrating, right?! Good luck to everyone who is hunting for answers. In the posts above I don't like the "clean water" advice or the cell towers advice. I've been getting this for years and have lived in 3 different states, I drink filtered water, tried just drinking G2 for awhile (actually, that decreased the episodes b/c electrolytes helped), but it doesn't have to do with the water. Hey, we all might have different reasons for these symptoms, or the same! What a puzzling and frustrating mystery.

If you're searching for answers, maybe try this (it's helped me find a lot of triggers and things that help over the years):
* FOOD: Try Keeping track of what you eat, amount of exercise, and when you feel fatigue. (I hate when they say "keep a journal, who has time?! But I used livestrong.org for awhile to diet for my wedding and it did help me notice trends in my fatigue episodes. And livestrong.org is sooo convenient - they already know every food's nutrition info as I enter it).
* Eliminate triggers: My sister-in-law who's a doctor gave me SUCH a hard time when I mentioned I was avoiding gluten. She acted like that's a band wagon everyone is jumping on and "you don't have celiac disease". I know I don't have celiac disease, but why do so many people assume something can only cause problems in people with fullblown disease? There's clearly a continuum for most things. It's not "non-scientific" to say a fake food additive may be causing uncomfortable symptoms in people who are normally healthy. The celiac disease may just be an extreme version of what many get. I guarantee you other sufferers of "mysterious symptoms" would agree with me!
* SO yeah, I like the gluten idea posted above. I should try that for real (cut out all together for awhile). Check out candida - seems to affect many. Definitely check out "adrenal fatigue" - I believe this is affecting tons of people, especially long-term students. Check out other hormone imbalances such as thyroid hormone, or estrogen dominance, or low testosterone in men? Most the hormone imbalances cause brain fog. Do you get all the vitamins? They figured out the importance of B vitamins when they figured out that some people with Alzheimer's dementia really just had a B12 deficiency! The recommended vitamins are just vitamins we've actually discovered to cause "disease" when you're deficient. But there are tons of micronutrients we haven't discovered yet. Some think lack of these are causing diseases and we haven't found the link yet. And what about sleep habits? Do you go to bed super late? I feel much worse if I go to bed late. But then, this adrenal fatigue is keeping me from falling asleep at night, so it's tough for me. Are you a person who pulls all nighters before exams? Do you have overtraining syndrome from exercise (I believe it's the same thing as adrenal fatigue). Do you have a tendency to drink tons of water - say come in from a workout and pound 2 glasses really fast b/c you feel really thirsty. That causes almost instant brain fog for me! Do you have bloated gut often and many foods that cause your stomach to fill with air or cause other issues? I have that - when your stomach and small intestine are too lazy to digest complex foods, the food passes on to your large intestine. Whatever food reaches the large intestine undigested is left up to the bacteria for digestion (may sound gross, but we ALL have tons of bacteria in gut and we can't function without the "good" bacteria). The bacteria love to breakdown the food that arrives, but when they do, they release gases causing bloat. I've had IBS with constipation for at least 10 years. Essentially what I have is "lazy gut". But the nutrients from food are absorbed in the small intestine. The large instestine's job is to reabsorb water. If you let all that food pass through undigested to large intestine, you may not be absorbing proper nutrients. I've read a little about the "leaky gut syndrome". (Where people with GI issues may have leaky guts that allow food toxins to leak into the bloodstream.) They seem to link this with candida overgrowth. I haven't had time to read much on it, but it as another condition that is "not yet recognized by medical community" it didn't seem as obvious or plausible as adrenal fatigue. Then again, it could be possible! Or maybe the GI issues are keeping people (incl me) from absorbing important (undiscovered) micronutrients?? I definitely believe there could be food triggers for many of us. This country LOVES to make chemicals and add them to our foods b/c it's cheaper. Aspartame, MSG, gluten, many others. All this garbage may be causing autoimmune diseases! Our body doesn't know what to do with it, makes antibodies to it, then the chemical looks kinda like something in our own body and poof! we have antibodies to something in our own body (our immune system fighting ourselves). Sorry, that's long...that's all I can think of off the top of my head (it is foggy right now! Smile ).

One final tip.... Be very careful with this tip. If I fall asleep really late and only have time for 5 or 6 hours of sleep, my brain always feels like a giant fog. Or sometimes if I hardly had much sleep all week then finally get tons of sleep on a weekend, wake up with a bad headache and fog. Caffeine or adderall don't help. I've seen that 1 glass of wine can sometimes clear it! Now don't wake up every morning and start pounding booze - that's alcoholism. And too much alcohol will make your brain much worse. Just 1 glass on the rare occasion when you feel a "poor sleep" brain fog or headache and you really need to get your brain working.
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replied April 21st, 2009
adrenal fatigue
I'm a 23y.o. male and have been going through just about every symptom you all have been with the foggy brain, hard to think, mood swings, poor concentration, memory issues, insomnia, social decline, and the feeling of anxiety for no reason like your going nuts. Now I have always been a pretty clean cut guy no drugs minimal alcohol use, not that athletic or in shape but clear minded and very good sense of reasoning which has also faded tremendously.

I watched a video the other day that seemed pretty promising as to what the cause is and it's called adrenal fatigue. It's where your adrenal glands are tired out. Do some research into it to see if you think it could be your cause. There's some videos around the net of some success stories which gives some sense of relief.
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replied May 16th, 2009
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replied June 8th, 2009
Hi, I see that there is quite a few of us other there, with similar problems but just can't shake this thing. I had this for over 3 yrs now. It changes a bit time to time, but still haven't manage to get to the bottom of it. I would really like to chat with some of you guys on msn or something. Maybe by sharing some info, we can find out the similarity in our lifestyles and possibility find the cause of all this. I had many test, I'm going to assume more than most of you here, and basically all came back normal.

Anyways if anyone here that's been suffering from symptoms of brain fog for long time, feel free to drop me a email with your msn. You can write me.

All the Best
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replied June 24th, 2009
what is your email address? would be great to chat to someone about this illness that takes away so much of all of our lives.
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replied August 20th, 2009
Earaches and feeling like my ears are clogged
msheatherallen

- Low Blood pressure
- Earaches and feeling like my ears are clogged 24/7 for a year now

I don't know if you still check in here, but if so, I have been suffering from these. It seems that when I take (doctor prescribed) stimulants to raise my blood pressure it relieves the earache.

Also, bacteria causing sinus infections can form biofilms, which are then resistant to antibiotics. ALL anitbiotics. There is a cure for this in the form of bacteriophage therapy.
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replied September 1st, 2009
Does anyone face physical symptoms alongside their mental? While my brain fog is my number one priority, I also face weight loss, joint pain, and loose stool issues. I am just trying to put all the pieces togethor. I am a junior in college and while I am suppose to be having the best years of my life, I have to deal with this garbage and have been for the last 4-5 years... I feel pitiful going to the doctor time after time only to get my hopes crushed when test after test comes back negative. However, I will continue to stay proactive about my health and I encourage all of you to do the same.
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replied October 18th, 2012
Those are definitely things that happen with adrenal fatigue. Did you solve it? You'd have to find a doctor who knows about adrenal fatigue - most won't. I googled "Adrenal fatigue" + my city name and found one.
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replied September 6th, 2009
i think mine is caused by anxiety, i was on lexapro for several months and that helped it 100% but then i had to come off cuz it was making me too tired. then like 2mths after being off it, the fog came back.

i think if i mix the lexapro with wellbutrin, it will be me the energy i need that the lexapro took away. but really i think the fog is caused by maybe a lack of (or imbalance of) serotonin or dopamine.
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