Treating Brain Fog in People With Hashimotos Thyroiditis
Brain fog is one of the most mysterious symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It can make you feel like you’ve detached yourself from common sense. Patients often describe struggling with lapses in concentration, difficulty thinking of simple words, and performing routine tasks out of sequence.
A thyroid specialist can help you narrow down possible triggers of this symptom and fellow patients can offer encouragement, insight, and support.
Clearing Away that “Foggy Feeling”
A doctor will tell you that brain fog can be caused by:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Hormone imbalances
Considering that Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is directly related to a hormone deficiency in your thyroid, these diagnostic factors may not seem that surprising.
What is surprising to many patients is that there is a path to managing and minimizing your episodes of brain fog. The path is often clearer than the one used to diagnose your underlying thyroid condition. It starts with finding the symptom triggers.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis comes with some telltale signs, but for some of those signs the triggers may be external as well as internal. Brain fog is a good example of this influence-based onset.
The Diagnostic Value of Record-Keeping
Even after your thyroid condition has been successfully diagnosed and is relatively stable, you can still experience some of the same old symptoms that occurred before you were diagnosed. Brain fog happens to be one of the symptoms because internal conditions aren’t the only thing that can cause it.
Research has found that:
- Preservatives, MSG, and other dietary additives
- Sleep deprivation and disruption
These are all factors that can set off brain fog episodes.
The episodes can even take place weeks after the initial trigger has been introduced. The nature of the symptoms can frustrate patients at first. The best thing you can do is to keep a journal that lists all of your daily habits and dietary choices.
Keep this journal diligently for about a month and then review its contents with your doctor or specialist. Take note of what precipitated your episodes of fogginess then make lifestyle changes accordingly. The changes you make will help control your symptoms and support your thyroid treatment from the outside in.
Many patients find their quality of life is greatly improved after adjusting their medication and lifestyle.
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