Has anybody come across a solution to the brain fog that you get when taking Gleevec? It's very frustrating!
Gleevec and Brain Fog
Posted 24 January 2012 - 03:01 PM
My brain fog was so bad I actually got tested at the brain injury clinic at the local university. It is real. Not my imagination. There are large holes in my thinking.
I have found that playing puzzle games or word games on the internet helps. I play a game called word twist (it is just playing boggle against the computer) and that has helped a great deal. Also lots of different card games on the internet, not just regular solitaire, fancy kinds where you have to learn new rules to play.
I think this is kind of what the university was going to suggest if I went back for the therapy they recommended. So I just did it on my own. I do believe it has helped. I play them for about an hour a day (not all at once) in little spurts to pick up the brain power a bit.
I also find that the fog is worse the more I push past where I should have just gone and sat on the couch for 20 minutes watching mindless tv. If I remember not to push myself too hard, I can get through the day with maybe only 2 or 3 20 minute breaks.
But that is the best I can offer. Games to perk you up and rest to allow you to catch up.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:49 PM
Hi: I have been on Gleevec for so many years, and I think I just got use to the Brain Fog. I usually go do something else,and then I will remember what is was I forgot. Sometimes I just think I am ditzy as they say, or just getting older.
I actually have stopped trying to figure it out anymore. I have good days and bad days, and I find a lot of times its just brain overload and maybe not related to my Gleevec at all. When you have a active life, or things just seem to be in turmoil all the time its hard to remember everything. I think the best thing is not to dwell on it, or you make it worse.
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