Reducing Endometriosis Brain Fog and Memory Problems
I'm going to admit something I don't talk about too much, last year I went through a period of months, perhaps half a year, where I spiralled cognitively and energetically due to endometriosis. By the end of this period, I was signed off work with anxiety and had no job. I'm not quite ready to go into all the details, and it was my choice to walk away and into my long-term goal of being self-employed (it just came a lot faster than I anticipated!), but the impact of living with fatigue and the resulting brain fog and anxiety was 100% the cause of that job coming to an end. I was managing my pain well, and all my other symptoms, but trying to stay on top of those and hold down a job with fatigue lingering in the background suddenly took its toll. I just couldn't get a grip on my energy levels and the way they affected my cognitive abilities. Changing my lifestyle was one of the biggest factors to recovering from brain fog, but there are also other natural ways I've learnt to reduce endometriosis brain fog and memory problems over the years. Going self-employed seemed to be the key thing that pulled it altogether, but of course, not everyone wants to do that, so I've written a list of more accessible and affordable ways to reduce your endo brain fog.
I know I'm not the only one who struggles with this, I've read countless articles by endometriosis warriors who can't think clearly and are seriously worried about their memory. So today I'm sharing two of my Endometriosis News articles, all about things to try that may help you battle endometriosis brain fog and improve your memory. See a snippet of one below or click to read Part 1 and Part 2.
Have you ever found yourself struggling to remember words? Names? Or even what you were about to say mid-sentence? Me, too. In fact, yesterday, I was at an all-day business and networking event and found myself continuously stalling as I talked in groups about my business, while everyone sat around waiting for me to find my next word. Given that these people didn’t know me or all the symptoms of endometriosis, I felt so humiliated that I was ready to leave the room in tears.
Everyone can forget things from time to time or just not feel as sharp as normal, but for many with endometriosis, this happens regularly, if not daily. This is generally known as “endo brain fog,” and is linked to the chronic fatigue many of us suffer with, as well as the distractions and stress that can come with chronic pain, depression, and anxiety — all common traits of endometriosis.
Chronic fatigue and brain fog are probably two of my biggest battles with endometriosis. My diet and lifestyle choices have enabled me to live relatively pain-free, except during my period, but the endo brain fog and fatigue still are works in progress. And yet, I have created lifestyle changes that have really enabled me to live a far more normal life and improve my cognitive function in the past couple of years. There was a time when I couldn’t stay at a job because endo brain fog was so severely affecting my ability to think straight and remember tasks that I was actually called into a disciplinary meeting. You can imagine how horrifying, humiliating, and painful that was.
Thankfully, I no longer find myself in situations like this unless I’ve overdone it (three busy days in a row led to yesterday’s brain meltdown) or have slipped with a few of the routines I’ve created that help me. Over the years, with trial and error, the following steps and tips have helped me to reduce brain fog and see clearly again