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Brain-fog and Focus Problems

Posted by FecalBrain on October 28, 2002 at 23:03:53:

For the past 6 years, my brain has resembled a shapeless, formless fecal deposit. My attention span is extremely short. My mind is incapable of remaining on task for even 5 seconds. I even have to start and stop repeatedly just to write this post. I get frequent dizzy spells and my hands and feet are always cold. My diet is healthy, consisting mainly of spinach and green leafy vegetables. However, my bowels are constantly liquid-like and my sphincter is almost always very sore and red. I do take Vitamin C tablets but this seems to make even more diarrhea (it actually makes my sphincter itch...go figure!) I drink a LOT of carrot juice and vegetable juice. I don't eat much fiber because I read that that could cause my stools to darken in color. Topical creams do alleviate the soreness and painful itch in my sphincter BUT don't do anything for the "spacey" feeling in my brain. I'm too embarassed to mention the sphincter problem to my doctor and the last thing I want is him sticking something in my anus. It's sore and red enough as it is. The mental problems are the brain-fog and focus disorders but, truthfully, the anus infection is actually worse for me. About the only time that I find comfort is when I take a bath in terribly cold water. Last night I fell asleep with an electric blanket on and I woke up in the middle of the night with my rectum terribly inflamed and feeling as if it were on fire. A friend suggested apple cider mixed with apple juice. He thinks it would discharge the remaining stool. I think that might make things even worse. A nurse I met said that apples are good for diarrhea but I didn't tell her how red and irritated the itching has made it. The brain problem is bad enough and I need that help too. But until I can stop my sphincter from chafing and burning, I'd much rather treat the anus disorder first. Any suggestions? Please, anyone?



Re: Brain-fog and Focus Problems

Posted by
Cheezi on October 28, 2002 at 23:22:17:

In Reply to: Brain-fog and Focus Problems posted by FecalBrain on October 28, 2002 at 23:03:53:

Have you had your thyroid levels checked? That often presents as 'brain fog.' Personal experience, here. It also sounds like you might have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I've got a friend who has that; horrible way to live. Nutritional supplements can help with both of these problems. My friend is so much better now and my brain fog has cleared considerably.

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Re: Brain-fog and Focus Problems

Posted by Jan S. on October 29, 2002 at 00:15:47:

In Reply to: Brain-fog and Focus Problems posted by FecalBrain on October 28, 2002 at 23:03:53:

You've come to the right place to get educated about this and find help.

Heh. "FecalBrain" is not just a funny moniker, I'm sure there's more than a bit of truth in it. A disordered gut is often reflected in brain symptoms, and vice versa. Been there and am still there - to a lesser extent. Do you know that the lining of the gut and the blood-brain barrier are virtually the same structure? Gut and brain are intimately connected - as you will find if you peruse the materials and references on this site, particularly the archives and the glossary on such concepts as altered brain chemistry and leaky gut syndrome.

I see some issues with your diet. You don't mention protein in your diet. Do you tolerate it in any form? Properly absorbed protein is essential to provide the amino acids that are the building blocks of neurotransmitters for healthy brain function.

Then again, it sounds as though you are not absorbing your foods very well. Therefore, it goes beyond an issue of "what should I eat" but bringing your whole inner ecosystem into balance. There are specific protocols for doing this which you can learn, with help, based on your situation. My sense from what you say though, is that your instincts are right - the advice to purge your stools is not going to help. Until the imbalances are corrected, there will always be "more" to purge. It's not the stool itself or the food itself that is your problem but the conditions inside of you that are creating the situation - which I'd lay odds are responsible for your brain symptoms too.

Well I hope this helped, in a general "conceptual" sort of way. You can heal from this.

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Re: Brain-fog and Focus Problems

Posted by Dahlimama on October 29, 2002 at 07:57:10:

In Reply to: Brain-fog and Focus Problems posted by FecalBrain on October 28, 2002 at 23:03:53:


Have you considered a yeast problem? Brain fog and itching are a huge part of Candidia. Try dropping the carrot juice for a while, too much sugar. Sometimes even green juices are not tolerated until the yeast is under control.

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Re: Brain-fog and Focus Problems (Archive in LGS.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 29, 2002 at 09:45:29:

In Reply to: Brain-fog and Focus Problems posted by FecalBrain on October 28, 2002 at 23:03:53:

Hi, FecalBrain.

Listen to Dahlimama, Jan, S. & Cheezi. You are a perfect esample of the book "The Second Brain" by Michael Gershon, MD; Harper/Collins 1999. Your library can get you a copy. You HAVE to ask your doc for a colonoscopic exam since we cannot recommend what you need without knowing that you do not have cancer or some other conventionally treatable condition.

With as sore as you already are I think you would have no trouble getting a general anesthetic for the procedure.

Let us know what you learn so you can start getting over having your life be run by your anus :o). You are going to have to change your moniker, you know.

Walt

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