Brain Fog Symptoms: When To Seek Medical Assistance

Everyone at some point in their life feels confused or has a foggy brain, but there is usually a temporary cause, and you quickly feel better. Head pressure or brain fog affects concentration, makes you mentally sluggish, and prevents clear thinking. However, having such an ailment over an extended period is not normal, and can indicate a major health problem that should be addressed. 

If the condition persists, seek medical advice to prevent deterioration and conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia. Your doctor may be able to pinpoint possible causes such as stress, hormonal imbalances, poor circulation or, in some cases, even hot weather.

Let’s take a look at the symptoms and causes of this condition.

Young women suffering from brain fog

Symptoms Of Brain Fog

  • Clouding of consciousness
  • Feeling fatigued or confused
  • Getting distracted
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of concentration

Clouding of consciousness is a symptom of a problem rather than a medical diagnosis, so different people will experience it differently. People who claim to have this symptom say they feel fatigued, “spacy”, or confused.

They say their thinking is affected and that they take longer to complete tasks, whether easy or difficult ones.

People with brain fog also get distracted more easily and are less able to concentrate. Forgetfulness and failing to find the right words to express a thought, are further signs of this condition. Frequently losing a train of thought is another symptom. All these things, taken together, can affect your work, personal relationships, and quality of life.

What causes brain fog?

Mental fog can be caused by mental health issues or physical illnesses, but an important underlying factor is usually anxiety. Anxiety adversely affects a person’s thought processes and any tasks they may need to perform. This, in turn, may trigger a vicious circle of further anxious thoughts.

Certain mental health conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder may cause brain fog symptoms. Chronic fatigue syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be further causes.

Other things that can cause a foggy haze in your head are dental problems, dementia, or head injuries. Dehydration, sinus infections, vitamin deficiencies, or chronic illnesses such as lupus, are further possible causes.  

Do something about it

Many people ask if there is anything that can be done to counteract a thick head. The answer often lies in lifestyle changes, including things like engaging in fun activities, which are great for relieving stress. Alcohol, drugs and smoking are obvious things to avoid if you have brain fog.

Another, perhaps surprising, thing is that exercise often helps. Aerobic exercises get the heart and lungs working and can help clear your head. Follow the advice of your doctor to ensure any exercises you do are done safely.

Recreation therapy is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety and releases endorphins which make you feel good.

Many doctors also recommend yoga, which combines stretching exercises with breathing exercises. Depending on the patient, there may be instances where IV therapy helps people with brain fog.

Fairview Rehab and Nursing Home offers outpatient and inpatient rehab including IV therapy, in Queens, New York. The top priority of our superb staff is the physical and mental well-being of our patients, and their speedy recovery.