I just recently joined this site… and Wow, am I glad I did! It seems you sometimes forget some of the things you’ve been through during the migraine fight. I’ll be reading someone’s post and think, ‘Oh, yeah.. I’ve had that..” or “whoa.. I’ve felt that exact thing”.. Like so many other things have happened and been focused on since, some of those things are forgotten. Which brings me to my brian fog…
I was reading another ladies post and while I was jabbering on in my reply, I started talking about my brain fogs. My Dr. and I believe it to be from being on amitriptyline as my preventive. Let me share a few examples:
Every one has their routines. Their morning routines, the evening, their shower, etc. I started noticing in my shower routine in particular… you know how when you get in maybe you always wash your body first, then your hair, etc. Everyone has their routine. I started noticing that there were times I’d get out of the shower and I’d forgotten to wash my hair, or rinse the shampoo. There were even times I’d get out and be like.. wait.. I didn’t even wash at all. Another example of my brain fogs were not being able to come up with a word… I’d be in mid conversation, and a word would just escape me. I could do the motions – like trying to come up with golf course country club.. I was talking to my boss about one of my insured, happen to be our country club. For the life of me, I couldn’t not come up with the word gold course. So there I was, fumbling like an idiot, making these gold club swinging motions hoping he’d pick up and provide the word for me. Brain fog.
Another time and this is the one that scared me to make med change – I was driving home from work, coming up to a stop light. The light was red, the car in front of me came to a stop. I could see the red light, the taillights. Could hear my brain telling me “red light. red light”. But I could not get my foot to move off the gas. I even think I said out loud “Red Light!”. It was like there was a short between my brain and my foot listening to what it was suppose to be doing. I was finally able to hit the brakes. And it seemed like minutes, but it was only a few seconds. I had plenyt of time to stop and didn’t have to even slam on my brakes once my foot reacted.. But what if I hadn’t been able to? Man, it scared the daylights out of me. So I went back to Dr. and she took me off the amitriptyline. I refuse to take something , even if it helps my migraines that’s not only going to cause me to lose who I am sort of speak, but def put others at risk – especially if I’m driving. The last thing I need is to lose driving privileges because of my migraine meds! Talk about a frustrating cycle!
Can anyone relate to any of this?