MS brain fog is a term used for certain symptoms that can affect your ability to think. It can make you feel confused or disorganised, or it can make it hard to focus or put your thoughts into words. Brain fog can also affect your memory, your use of language or your ability to understand it, your ability to process and understand information, your ability to recognise shapes and navigate spaces, your ability to calculate, organise, solve problems and your ability to plan. This can be frustrating and can make daily tasks like finding the keys or shopping for groceries difficult.
Just like any other muscle in your body, your brain needs activity and rest:
- Activity – Keeping your brain active can involve simple or complex activities; games are a great way to exercise the brain (e.g. sudoku, jigsaw puzzles), as is learning a new skill or language, or learning to sing, draw or dance
- Rest – Try to recognise when you are getting cognitive fatigue and let your brain rest by turning off any screens, including your phone, and doing nothing for a little while. A good night’s sleep is also very important so that your brain can get a proper rest
The Staying Smart site from the MS Trust in the UK has some great information and advice for managing cognitive challenges.Take me there
In this video by MS Australia, Dr Hamish Campbell very quickly explains what brain fog is.
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- MS Australia. Brain health: A guide for people with multiple sclerosis. https://www.msaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/Brain%20health%20-%20guide%20for%20people%20with%20multiple%20sclerosis.pdf (date of last update not specified).