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    Honestly I would up my nutrients through a whole foods vitamin and foods. If it's not gone within a week to two go see a holistic health practitioner to help you out. You might actually want to go see one right now because brain fog for that long is waiting too long. Get on it!

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    Brain fog and fatigue can also be indicators for depression or SAD. Living in London puts you at especially high risk for SAD. I'd get checked for those.
    If you're on any psychotropic meds (antidpressants, antipsychotics, Adderal, etc.), those can cause brain fog. Looking at the ones I was on, I think that's how they work: your brain's so "stuffed full of cotton" that you can't process enough to "see" the depression, etc.

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    I developed spells of brain fog, dizziness, blurred vision, extreme tiredness, etc out of the blue around age 31 (two years ago). After lots and lots of reading online, I was able to finally diagnose myself with hypoglycemia. Basically, eating three big, carb-filled meals a day was sending my blood sugar levels through the roof and back down through the ground. My family doctor was very little help (he wanted to subscribe scripts and nothing else) so I searched around for a specialist. I started seeing a doctor in a diabetes clinic and he set me on the path to healthy eating and living. At first, I did try a few of the medications on the market, but none seemed to make much difference and I was never comfortable with the idea of taking a drug everyday for the rest of my life. I've found that through eating/exercise I can control the spells about 95% of the time now. I eat very few carbs, lots of protein/fat and space out my meals throughout the day (I eat about six times a day).

    Find a doctor you can trust, have your thyroid checked. Get checked for sleep apnea and depression. All of these things can cause what you are feeling. If none of those turn up any answers, start looking at blood sugar control. You can get a 5-hour glucose tolerance test to see how your body reacts to glucose.

    I know you have been eating primal for a few months now, but I was eating (semi) low-carb after I first starting getting spells as well. I really had to ratchet down my routine, find foods that my body agreed with and get on a set eating schedule before I started seeing real, consistent results.

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    I've just been to see my GP about my acne. I've had it for years and have been taking different types of medication for the acne for 10 months in total. It's unlikely that my medication is causing my symptoms, as I've had it for years and have had it regardless of whether I was on medication or not.

    As I was attempting to explain my brain fog symptoms to him, he looked somewhat dumbfounded and blank, as if everything I was telling him was bogus. I mentioned how I wanted a blood test done as well as a thyroid check to see whether I have hypothyroidism or a nutrient deficiency, and we'll discuss this next week thursday during the next appointment. I told him, as an example, that a magnesium deficiency is one possible cause of brain fog, and he merely stated that there is too many possible answers on the internet that can be from a "dubious source", and is much better off in tracking down the issue through discussing it one-on-one. I agree with him to an extent, although he also stated that diet has no effect on acne, which I believe is just an outright lie.

    Honestly I would up my nutrients through a whole foods vitamin and foods. If it's not gone within a week to two go see a holistic health practitioner to help you out. You might actually want to go see one right now because brain fog for that long is waiting too long. Get on it!
    I'll try visiting the nearest superdrug store soon and see what they have available, my mother's been getting multivitamins and cod liver oil capsules from there so it's worth having a look! Not sure where I could find a holistic health practitioner but I'll keep that in mind.

    Brain fog and fatigue can also be indicators for depression or SAD. Living in London puts you at especially high risk for SAD. I'd get checked for those.
    If you're on any psychotropic meds (antidpressants, antipsychotics, Adderal, etc.), those can cause brain fog. Looking at the ones I was on, I think that's how they work: your brain's so "stuffed full of cotton" that you can't process enough to "see" the depression, etc.
    I think the brain fog causes my depression if anything. As for SAD, I've got an Apollo GoLite product that's used to correct circadian rhythm disorders and imbalances. I used it for a good few months, and didn't recognise any noticeable benefits, but I may try using it again soon in the morning.

    I developed spells of brain fog, dizziness, blurred vision, extreme tiredness, etc out of the blue around age 31 (two years ago). After lots and lots of reading online, I was able to finally diagnose myself with hypoglycemia. Basically, eating three big, carb-filled meals a day was sending my blood sugar levels through the roof and back down through the ground. My family doctor was very little help (he wanted to subscribe scripts and nothing else) so I searched around for a specialist. I started seeing a doctor in a diabetes clinic and he set me on the path to healthy eating and living. At first, I did try a few of the medications on the market, but none seemed to make much difference and I was never comfortable with the idea of taking a drug everyday for the rest of my life. I've found that through eating/exercise I can control the spells about 95% of the time now. I eat very few carbs, lots of protein/fat and space out my meals throughout the day (I eat about six times a day).

    Find a doctor you can trust, have your thyroid checked. Get checked for sleep apnea and depression. All of these things can cause what you are feeling. If none of those turn up any answers, start looking at blood sugar control. You can get a 5-hour glucose tolerance test to see how your body reacts to glucose.

    I know you have been eating primal for a few months now, but I was eating (semi) low-carb after I first starting getting spells as well. I really had to ratchet down my routine, find foods that my body agreed with and get on a set eating schedule before I started seeing real, consistent results.
    I understand what you mean by the hypoglycemic episodes, although I don't think that I have those anymore, especially considering how I'm eating proper, whole foods now. I would know if I had an episode, because my head begins to pulse and feel really fuzzy, and I'd get pretty dizzy to an extent. Haven't had those symptoms in a long time, thanks to the PB. Thanks for pointing it out as a cause though, because it definitely can cause serious issues.

    Thanks again, everyone!

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