For two weeks now I’ve been suffering from what I can only describe as brain fog. It’s a pretty difficult feeling to explain as you will know if you suffer from it. Basically I feel as though I’m in a dreamy state. I wouldn’t say I’m dizzy because things aren’t moving but something just doesn’t feel right, my world is a little hazy. It’s like San Francisco on a foggy day.
I’ve spoken to a number of celiacs about this and the consensus is that a fair amount of celiacs have experienced this foggy feeling. For some it comes and goes whilst for others it hangs over them for a while. Is it related to being celiac or is it caused by something different altogether? I’m currently trying to work this out.
I am super careful about what I eat. Am I somehow being cross contaminated? Am I eating something which has been contaminated by gluten that I am unaware of? I don’t believe this is the culprit. This is why.
- Brain fog has never before been a symptom of glutenation for me
- My brain fog has lasted for over 2 weeks
- I have no other symptoms to suggest I have been glutenated
From my research on the symptom of brain fog I have discovered a variety of different possible causes. The following appear to be the most common.
- Mineral/vitamin deficiency such as magnesium, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, iron
- Not getting enough Omega 3 fatty acids
- A symptom of stress
- Heavy Metal toxicity
Does anyone else out there suffer from brain fog and if so have you discovered what was causing it and manage to get rid of it?
UPDATE: My brain fog went away after a few weeks but I never found out what caused it. I still get brain fog every now and again but it never stays for as long as it did back when I first published this post. I changed my multi-vitamins. I”m now taking Centrum and reintroduced tea into my diet. I’ve been trying to keep a food diary to figure out what brings the fog and what clears it but as yet I’ve not been able to figure it out.
ANOTHER UPDATE: I haven’t experienced brain fog for months now and I’m putting it down to the fact that I sat down and double checked every single thing I was eating to ensure there could be no possible cross contamination getting into my diet. I have stopped using any products I cannot be 100% sure are safe including changed my multi-vitamins and stopping using Listerine. I now take Nature Made multi-vitamins which I have double checked is gluten free and safe for celiacs. Long may clear days continue! At first I was skeptical that cross contamination could cause this symptom because I wasn’t getting any other symptoms of being glutened but now I”m almost certain that this was the cause.
YET ANOTHER UPDATE (April, 2015): I had a really bad bout of brain fog last year and I’m currently experiencing another one. All my bloods came back normal. What on earth causes this horrible sensation? And how can we rid ourselves of it completely? I hope you’re all feeling clearer that I am!