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Unread 01-23-2012, 10:47 PM
Brain fog

I am 14 days post-op (DvH) for endometrial cancer. Everything was taken out plus a bunch of lymph nodes (all clean!). I am several years post-menopause so I certainly didn't expect any menopause like symptoms when they took my ovaries. But I have been having brain fog big-time. I seem to forget things, can't focus, lose my train of thought, etc. - just like when I was going thru menopause! Could this still be something from the anesthesia? I was in the OR for a good 7 hours. Or maybe I'm just finally losing it!
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Unread 01-23-2012, 11:40 PM
Re: Brain fog

I would say it is just a response to the surgery/anesthesia. I wouldn't say I had brain fog exactly, but I was totally unable to concentrate on anything. Normally I am an avid reader and thought that I would have a great time reading during recovery. Well, I was wrong, I could not even be bothered with a magazine. I ended up just watching TV. I feel my brain is back to normal now, but it took a good 2 months! Just give yourself time.
Unread 01-24-2012, 07:20 AM
Re: Brain fog

I had brain fog for about 3 solid months. I went back to work at 8 weeks and I struggled to remember things.

It will get better.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 07:26 AM
Re: Brain fog

At 2 weeks post-op I didn't worry too much about the brain fog, but at 10 weeks, it's driving me crazy. Here's to both of us feeling better soon!
Unread 01-24-2012, 09:17 AM
Re: Brain fog

I didn't have an improvement in my brain fog until I started on HRT, then it was miraculously gone. I, too was post menopausal but I got new symptoms with my ovaries gone, brain fog was the worst. I waited about 3 months but it didn't improve. However, the GYN doesn't believe brain fog is a menopause symptom, but was from the insomnia that was a symptom. Either way, it was a problem. But if you have insomnia, maybe that is a factor. I had endometrial cancer, too, but not all GYN oncs will give HRT after that, so my story may not be helpful. I could barely function with brain fog, so I hope yours goes away soon.
Unread 01-24-2012, 09:59 AM
Re: Brain fog

Thank you for all your replies. It is so reassuring that I'm not alone and that it resolves on its own with time or with a little help with HRT. I will try to be patient and will tell my husband also to be patient with me. I'm starting to get some funny looks after asking the same questions over and over. . . I think it has been scaring us both a little.
Unread 01-24-2012, 11:08 AM
Re: Brain fog

I am 12 days postop slept all day/night yesterday..I was cold this morning (in FL) and went to turn the ac up....I turned it down (as in to get colder)..I was thinking 'why am I so cold?"
I just have to laugh at it!! So I think brain fog/check for me too!!

But I seriously feel really "out of it today". I hope this passes soon for all of us!
Unread 01-24-2012, 08:51 PM
Re: Brain fog

I was suffering with this, too. I started on multivitamin for women 50+ bc even though I am not 50 yet, it has the ingredients for post hyster women. I added an additional dose of magnesium and am on low dose HRT. All of the above have helped brain fog.
Unread 01-24-2012, 11:06 PM
Re: Brain fog

I'm in my 4th week of recovery and just this week I feel like my brain is clearing up.. I think it's a combination of all the meds and being under. Don't beat yourself up it's natural. I couldn't concentrate at all, couldn't carry on an intelligent conversation and found myself not wanting to talk on the phone or even read and I normally love doing both... Hang in there it will get better once you get off the pain meds and such which can takes weeks!!

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