I have ME/ CFS and Fibromyalgia as well as Hypothyroidism. Basically, in terms of cognitive function I’m under fire from all sides!
I’ve struggled with all of these for over 20 years. I’m now 41. I’ve been on Levothyroxine for 15 years with increasing inefficiency, so started T3 a few months back. I wish I’d started sooner: without exaggeration it’s been an absolute life-saver!
When my brainfog was at its worst, I couldn’t figure out how a teabag, kettle, milk and mug went together, even though I *felt* they were connected. That was 15 years ago now, and although I have my moments they’re nowhere near as bad so consistently (continuous days, weeks, months, etc).
A very low dose of Sertraline (an SSRI anti-depressant) helped add a little clarity, as have all the relevant ‘brain function’ Vitamin and mineral supplements.
Similarly, a SAD light in the winter months helps me feel less foggy - literally brighter of mind - and using sinus flushes and antihistamines to fight my allergies also adds a bit of clarity. I also had an initial day or two when starting to take T3 a few months back where my brain actually felt fresh and new. Amazing!
However, I am still slurring my words at times and have little or no deliberate mental connection between what goes in one ear and goes out the other, and what actually stays put and is memorised. I now listen to audio books instead of reading.
I do however regularly try to read out loud to the kids, and am absolutely worn out by the end of the first page. I recorded myself reading to them, and at times I sound like someone who’s just had a stroke (I’m pretty sure I haven’t). I actually do sound as bad as I think I do!
Essentially, after years of being undermedicated and suffering from terrible-to-middling brain fog, I think some neural pathways have been lost or worn away.
My question is (and I’m sure this issue will pertain to many of us); what exercises can I do to improve my brain circuitry?
Should I seek speech and language therapy?
Are there any good apps or classes online to help with speech or other mental faculties?
Should I try doing crosswords? It’s a bit like climbing Everest at my stage of brainfog!
Does anyone know if there are any physical exercises that can help the brain work better? I’m training to be a remedial yoga teacher so I am aware of the yogic side of things, but how about other disciplines or therapies?
Any practical (and especially medically proven!) tips gratefully received.