Yes, Angie. And it is scary. I find that I get nervous about it in public, and that just makes it worse. Yesterday, we had a spaghetti dinner after church. All I had to do was sit there in a chair and take money for the dinner which was 8.00 per dinner and 4.00 per child's dinner. I had 3 adults and two kids, and I had trouble telling them how much. It took me longer than it should have. I was SO embarassed! You are not alone, sweetie.
Angie, not sure I understand your question entirely but if you mean memory issues, the answer is yes. I chalk it up to the multitude of meds I am now on. Since at least half of them suggest that you shoudn't drive or opperate machinery I can see how that might happen. I understand that MTX does have that effect - fogginess - sometimes. Add fatigue to that and I think forgetfulness might be understandable. There are days when I feel like I have early onset Alzhiemers, lol!
Very much so.. to the point where I was scared something else might be going on with me medically. I don't remember things very well, I have more problems with concentrating and get anxiety and panic attacks freuqently.
The good news is that my doctor says its very common with RA and other chronic illnesses or chronic pain conditions. Apparently inflammation in the body can affect the brain and make it harder to think and concetrate. In addition, our brains are so overloaded with stimuli from pain signals that it has a hard time processing it's normal load - so that's usually when ADD, anxiety and concentration problems come into play. Then when you add in medications, particularly pain meds, you have even more loss of function.
I was so relieved when I got brave enough to talk to my doctor about my concerns and she told me how common it was and to not worry about it so much. I have to take medications now to help with anxiety and panic attacks, but at least now I know I'm not going crazy, nor do I have something else seriously wrong with me causing the problems.
The good news is that if you are able to get your health issues in control and get your pain levels down, the cognitive impairments should decrease as well.
all the time, angie - check out my new post about cognitive issues and RA.
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