July 31, 2013

What Is "Lupus Fog?"

As many as half of all people with lupus describe feelings of confusion, fatigue, memory loss, and difficulty expressing their thoughts.  This collection of symptoms is termed cognitive dysfunction, although many people call it "lupus fog."  It is associated with problems with memory, concentration, speech and logical reasoning.  Currently, it is not understood whether these problems are medication related or a reaction to a chronic illness.

Research is being done to determine the causes of cognitive impairment with lupus.  Staying physically fit and keeping a healthy diet are critically important to good cognitive health.  This means avoidance of nicotine, excessive caffeine, and alcohol, and, equally importantly, it means regular exercise.  Improved organization can also help overcome the difficulties and frustrations associated with worsening memory and concentration.  In addition, separate from lupus fog, people with lupus may be twice as likely to experience migraine-like lupus headaches.  This problem is usually treated by a neurologist, because different types of headaches respond to different types of treatment.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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