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I am new to any forum or chat group, but I feel I need support. I've had scleroderma for 10 years. Does anyone else have a brain cloud, fuzzy thinking, or think their IQ has dropped 20 points? Does scleroderma itself cause this, or is it the medication?

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Labratory,

Welcome to this wonderful forum. Several people in our group have the fuzzy thinking and thought process feels dulled and they can't come up with the right words or think quickly anymore. Medication could be the cause of many of those symptoms. Others will respond when time allows. This is a busy weekend for many. Search around the medical section of the forum and learn and ask whatever questions that you need clarified or more details on, from others with those type conditions.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

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Hello Laboratory

 

Welcome to the forums! There have been many discussions about what's usually termed as brain fog aka fuzzy thinking. We also have a section on scleroderma brain involvement you may find helpful.

 

In addition as Sheryl's already said medication can muddy the waters as well and also, in my case, no longer working. I am certainly less sharp and "with it" than when I was at work because I'm not interacting with others, problem solving and the like.

 

Take care and keep posting


Amanda Thorpe

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I can't determine whether it only happens when I am really worried, which seems to be side effect of this condition, or it is real, but there are times when I do have problems. The worst was being unable to taken in what a rather simple minded mystery novel was saying. I kept reading it but it would not make literal sense. Had no problem the next morning.

Luckily for me, I don't have huge expectations about my intellect so it doesn't bother me too much. :)

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Thank you for sharing your problems about fuzzy thinking. Sometimes it's even difficult to type, as I forget where the letters are. Last night my husband said he noticed a decline in cognitive ability some time ago. :blink: Signed Labratory

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Hmmm, you know, that kind of problem can be caused by many other things than scleroderma and/or the medications we take. I think if I were you, I'd get it checked out. Some of the other causes are fairly trivial, some can be very serious. It's worth knowing for sure. If a cause can be pinpointed, there may be effective treatment for it that will either fix the problem or at the very least keep it from getting worse.

 

My first husband was having memory problems for years, but he was extremely good at covering his lapses and no one really gave it too much thought. We didn't know until far too late that he was suffering from vascular dementia caused by uncontrolled diabetes (which we also didn't know about). Towards the end he was having almost constant mini-strokes. What a waste~ Had we known sooner, the diabetes could have been treated and the whole horrible downward spiral prevented.

 

Best wishes,


Jeannie McClelland

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