Having rheumatoid arthritis can be such a pain – literally and figuratively. The physical pain can sometimes be a little too much to bear that you just end up screaming for help in the middle of the night. With the discomfort that it causes, having this disease can be stressful emotionally with all the burdens that one has to bear during such phase.
Not to rain on anyone’s parade (especially those who suffer from such ailment), but there are other health risks that are associated with rheumatoid arthritis. One of these would be having a brain fog. Get to know more about what this condition is all about and what you can do about it below.
Brain fog – Wait, what?
The term “brain fog” may seem new to a lot of people but its manifestations are so common that you almost encounter them on a daily basis. If there are instances in your daily life that you feel like you can’t focus, or too disoriented to have anything done – then that probably is an indication of having a brain fog.
As the name suggests, a person with a brain fog feels like his or her thoughts are clouded with a huge “fog”. However, this condition has been considered as highly subjective by nature as its manifestation could vary from one person to another. Published studies, on the other hand, suggest that brain fog can be a side effect of other health ailments (like diabetes) which is why it is still identified as a medical concern.
How your arthritis could lead to brain fog
Some means of suppressing rheumatoid arthritis have the ability to trigger brain fog incidents. For example, in a study conducted by researcher So Young Shin, it was discovered that patients who uses corticosteroids (a type of medication) for arthritis pain relief tend to have poorer cognitive performance which is an indication of a brain fog.
The emotional burden that comes with handling such condition can also cause brain fog, a research from the University of Windsor in Canada says. To prove this, the team gathered respondents who suffer from chronic pain and were given sample cognitive tasks to answer. It turns out that most of them find it difficult to perform tasks that involve leadership and decision making.
The best way to treat arthritis and brain fog…at the same time
Treatment for arthritis should also come with the consideration for resolving brain fog at the same time. Here are some practical tips that can help you overcome or at least reduce the effects of such conditions:
- Include turmeric in your diet plan as this spice contains curcumin which is known to help ease the inflammation caused by arthritis. Curcumin has also been discovered to be effective in reducing the risks of developing Type 2 and even Type 1 arthritis.
- Avoid foods rich in uric acid such as seafood (scallops, anchovies), nuts, sweet bread and the like
- Practice better sleeping habits to help manage stress and improve your cognitive performance
- Limit your intake of alcoholic drinks
Arthritis and brain fog being linked with each other is a reminder that our body reacts to every single thing that we do with and the accompanying effects can trickle down in more than one aspect. Hence, we should be cautious in our actions and habits to prevent ailments such as those mentioned to avoid further complications.
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