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What causes brain fog and how can it be managed?

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Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale

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Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 in Alzheimer's
Question: Hello. My husband has recently started feeling , what he describes as "brain fog". His thyroid test was fine. He is otherwise very healthy. I've noticed increased aggitattion or feeling as if his life is worthless (mainly money issues),but only towards me. He says in the beginning it started with his body feeling weak, as well. Now just his head fogginess. He feels as he is at 60%. He is not one to seek out medical help..one of those guys that doesn't admit pain or anything wrong, but he is NOT shy about it now. Any suggestions?
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Answered by Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale 2 hours later
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Hi!

I have read it & understand your concern.

As you did not mention about any health problem he has. Your description of your husband's problem points to Depression. May be due to chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety or tension or sleeplessness.( which is common in these days of tough competition ).

Wife being a near & dear person in life most of the times the problem is shared with her / she can judge it from changed attitude or behaviour of her husband.

All of these are mostly linked to lack of energy or motivation. These symptoms can be easily handled / treated, so don't be stressed.
Management-
1. have an exclusive physical check up to exclude any illness that is giving him weakness, physical & psychological stress. Consult your physician & get investigations ( what so ever advised by him ) done/ diagnose possible health issue followed by specific treatment advised.

2. Have a balanced diet - avoiding processed food, ex to exclude extensive dieting & less sugar in diet, having excessive sweets with high blood sugar, having lot of fried things to catch high cholesterol level in blood .

3. Exercises- Daily exercises for 45 minutes with respiratory exercises(Pranayama) & meditation for freshness & alertness with sereneness of brain & mind , It also helps in self assessment & solution of personal problem. helps in good circulation & overall health.

4. Adequate sleep- sound sleep for 8 hours. ( can use YOGANIDRA - audio cassette as a help)

5. Psychotherapy- Expert professional advise-self study, discussion with his field expert or counsellor would give him confidence & enthusiasm to solve his personal problem.
Your co operation & needful support, encouragement would be of utmost importance.

6. Consultation of a neurophysician for treatment of depression, if needful would assist in personal efforts.

I hope, that answers your query.

Regards,

Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale,
General & Family Physician
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