Dec 2020

Clearing The Clouds: Endometriosis & Brain Fog

  • By: Samantha Denäe

Have you ever been in the middle of a sentence and lost your train of thought? Forgotten a name? Even struggled to complete a simple task? It happens. We all have “brain fart” moments, but when it happens more often than not, you start to wonder if something else is going on. Something deeper. 

Before I was diagnosed with Endometriosis, I could remember everything – literally to the smallest detail and at an instant, but when Endo began to plague my life, it did the same for my memory. It started to fade and became noticeable when my brother would ask me to do something. I would think, searching my brain for answers, and nothing would come. A literal blank mind. 

“You’re smart, Sam. I know you know how to do it”, my brother would continuously say when these situations would arise – and he’s right. I am smart, but things were just not clicking in my brain. This was occurring too often for my liking and I began to do some digging. It was then that I discovered “brain fog”, it’s connection to Endometriosis, and how many people were suffering from it.  

Fatigue, defined by Oxford Languages, is the “extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness”. Before my diagnosis, I had never heard of “brain fog” but out of all of the symptoms associated with Endometriosis, for me, brain fog was the worst. Most link extreme fatigue with brain fog, and as exhausted as my body is especially during a flare-up or my period, my brain is equally exhausted, if not more. Experiencing brain fog threw me off my game. It certainly felt as though I needed things to be “dumbed down”. Work became too much to handle. I became more and more anxious. I couldn’t think and because I couldn’t think, I couldn’t speak. The embarrassment of literally forgetting a thought while in the middle of voicing it was horrid. Doctors had no answers or treatments, so I looked for answers myself. 

I began taking herbal supplements and eating more Omega-3 foods to assist. I upped my daily intake of more vitamin D in the form of the sun and magnesium, which became my best friend. Magnesium is crucial for the production of energy and my brain was lacking that. Magnesium is also great for aiding with period cramps, and since making that small change over a year ago, the fogginess seems to be less frequent. I ensure to get the proper amount of rest to also give my brain what it needs to be at its best.

If you're struggling with brain fog due to Endometriosis, I suggest trying Magnesium to combat with the symptoms. If Endometriosis is having a grand effect on your brain, talk to your doctor to ensure it is not Cerebral Endometriosis.    






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