Wednesday, December 30, 2009 julesinpain, Community Member, asks

Q: Brain fog anyone?

Does anyone else experience brain fog with RA? Do not know if fog is from meds or pain.

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mkmac4, Community Member
1/17/10 6:43pm

I'm not on any drugs for RA because of no health insurance and I have brain fog. I would have to say mine is just from the pain. You need to remember also that RA can affect the brain as it can affect ALL your organs.

bridgett meng, Community Member
11/30/11 11:39am

I just read this and was wondering how you are making it without drugs? 

andrew, Community Member
1/ 2/10 3:50pm

RA can cause brain fog via the release of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. And meds can also do this. I recently wrote a blog post explaining how scientists think brain fog may be caused in RA.



mysticmtnblue, Community Member
1/17/10 7:52pm

Oh my goodness! I think that is my middle name.  I constantly have brain fog extremely annoying.  I think it is can be caused by meds.  However, sometimes I just think it is part of RA.


marksavoid, Community Member
12/23/13 10:29am

My father had RA. It affected his eyes and fingers. He also had brain fog. He took no meds and he rarely experienced physical pain. The reason for his brain fog became apparent years later when he was diagnosed with brain lesions. It is now believed that RA can cause this type of lesion. 

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By julesinpain, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/23/13, First Published: 12/30/09