Martin’s Story of Chronic Brain Fog and Fatigue
Martin’s first email to me about his chronic brain fog and fatigue started quite dramatically:
“I now have chronic brain fog and fatigue, but where to start……….I’m 58 now and up to my diagnosis of Coeliac Disease aged 8 I had chronic diarrhoea and stomach pain”
It’s fair to say he was setting the scene! But his health and wellbeing benefitted greatly from this early diagnostic and action:
“It took the next 8 years to recover and improve. Through my teens, 20s and 30s I was very fit and active – walking, climbing and running. I have Asperger’s Syndrome and when physically fit the impact of this was very mild. But as my physical functioning, brain fog and fatigue has deteriorated, so the Asperger’s traits have become more pronounced.
Martin went on to describe (briefly) what occurred in the next few decades to his current situation:
I had a nasty back injury sustained at work in my mid-thirties over 20 years ago. Following time off work, a diagnosis of depression and medications my health felt like it was deteriorating. Its about 13 years since I was last in good health and I eventually had to quit my job.
I experienced the beginning of a ‘Total Collapse’ about 9 years ago. I was in a completely zoned-out state. Intense physical pain and unable to function with chronic brain fog and fatigue. There have been 6 of these collapses since and each with it’s visit to Hospital and each with all the tests coming back normal! The ups and downs have been a rollercoaster.
The medics have put various labels on the situation. Which I do not think get to the nub of the issue at all. Diagnosed and treated for Depression (antidepressants and painkillers), Psoriatic Arthritis (NSAIDs), Rheumatoid Arthritis (Methotrexate, Tramadol, Naproxin, Morphine).
Still declining – I finally decided that none of this heavy medicine was improving my symptoms. So I weaned myself off them all about a couple of years ago.”