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brain fog and short memory

do other people have those problems?how to deal with them

Also if i take my levo like on 5 am and then go back to sleep will it digest?

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Yes, it will still digest and you take it with one full glass of water.

Some prefer taking it at bedtime. If you were having a blood test the following morning, you'd miss this dose and take next morning and night dose as usual.

in reply to shaws

full glass of water? i just take a sip!

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Full glass of water as tablet can swell in your throat. It also, I assume, takes it into your stomach.

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Maybe you'd prefer this method.

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Brain fog and short memory are clinical symptoms unfortunately. As dose gets to an optimum they should resolve.

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in reply to shaws

thanks for the info:)

Yesterday I locked myself in wet room after my shower. Twenty minutes confused as to how to unlock the door... my husband changed the in handle lock to a simple bolt as I was forever getting stuck in there.... sigh... that was unlocked but still couldn't get out. Husband came back from walking our dogs and as he pulled open the door the light bulb went on in my brain... I had been pulling the door to open it, with all my might, when it opens outwards.

Foggy brain, such fun. I could tell you soooo many stories lol

Sense of humour absolute necessity:) (cry in the shower, I do, but then laugh)

in reply to fibrolinda

that made me laugh:)

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shawsAdministrator in reply to fibrolinda

It can be quite stressful and scary. For instance you may live on your own and you'd not have your mobile with you to phone for assistance :).

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fibrolinda in reply to shaws

Agreed, I used to have a carer alert necklace (husband works full time) but to be honest would rather stay trapped till brain came back... or when fell in garden spend nearly two hours getting back in house, than press the darn thing. Twisted pride. Also often can't remember how to use mobile or turn on tablet. All temporary last for seconds, minutes or hours. I stopped driving when I forgot how to brake, luckily just pulling up in front of house but if it had been a busy junction ? :O It is scary... terrifying, the only way I can cope is to make jokes about it

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shawsAdministrator in reply to fibrolinda

I think you need your Free T3 tested if you are on levo only. You can have both FT4 and FT3 privately if GP hasn't tested.

in reply to fibrolinda

dont stress about it.it happens a lot to me lately.i just block myself from negativity.

I definitely felt better taking levo at bedtime on an empty stomach. What shaws posted explains why. NDT/T3 now though.

Still get the brain fog sometimes but nowhere near as bad as in the beginning, I often come out of work after an 8 hour shift and cant remember where in the car park I left the car lol, everyone finds it funny when they see me looking lost at the end of the shift, gotta laugh with em really or it would be embarrassing....

in reply to DonnyJam

it happens with e too with the car.almost everyday

Hi joangof I often take Levo then go back to sleep, as long as you drink glass of water it should be fine. Brain fog should get better once your meds are at optimal level, don't worry you will feel better but as with anything to do with the thyroid it is a slow job.i wish you well.

in reply to Raventhorpe

thank you

I set alarm and take T3/T4 weekday mornings 5.35, tank on for shower, little snoozy, up 6.20 straight in shower. Weekend mornings any time between 5.30 and 7 before porridge an hour later.

Constantly forget things, have to write notes to myself. I forget things I have just done or should be doing. Thought it was just 'me'. Sometimes I have to text my wife to ask her if I should be doing 'something'. The answer is often 'no'.

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