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Concentration Issues
« on: September 28, 2008, 01:12:16 pm »
I'm not sure if my lack of concentration is from the meds I take for headache and depression (Neurontin, Topamax, Celexa) or they are a result of my mid-fossa surgery 5 years ago. I'm thinking both. It is so bad that it is one of the issues that lead to my qualifying for Disability Benefits and thank God, Medicare. I used to be able to crank out a large landcape painting in 2 weeks and now a medium sized one takes months.

You should see me clean house. I start in the bathroom, and then I go to the kitchen to get something and get sidetracked doing something there and forget about the bathroom, and on and on........... and the house stays a wreck!

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008, 04:58:53 pm »
hehe Capt Deb, I do the same...get side tracked and I havent had any treatment as of yet!!!!...I believe its called multi tasking...lol...but then nothing ever gets done... ;)

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 06:41:11 pm »
Darn, I wondered why I never get my house done!  Now I know and I can tell my husband it isn't my fault!!

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2008, 07:50:18 pm »
Captain Deb,

Medications can absolutely cause concentration problems. I was on Carbatrol (an anti-seizure medication) to try to control my hemifacial spasm. It made me forget words in mid-sentence -- not good for a writer. I told my neurologist about it and he insisted it was not caused by the medication. I told my friends about it and they just laughed at me and told me I was getting older. I KNEW it was the medication, and after my surgery when I discontinued the Carbatrol, the problem went away. Turns out I was right after all! Imagine that.

Before the Carbatrol I was on a series of other medications, including both Neurontin and Topamax. Each of them caused me some brain fog, but Carbatrol was definitely the worst.

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 03:59:56 am »
In my opinion, and it is only that, I went off all of my meds for three months, a really dumb move, but I was tired of being tied to the bottled, so to speak.  My brain was still foggy and confused and I couldn't remember things that are a little easier with the meds.  I take 120 mg Cymbalta, 120 mg Straterra, 200 Topomax, 2.5 Premarin, and a host of other things for lymph edema and of course my Lipitor.  I started back on the junk a couple of weeks ago and slowly eased back into it, slowly upping the dosage under the doc's supervision and am doing much better.  Brain is still in a fog, but at least it is a semi happy fog!
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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2008, 09:54:07 pm »
Before a head ache gets here I lose concentration ... reading a book I can read the words but sometimes
they don't stay in my head to be processed into thoughts...I even tried reading out loud to the kids when
this was happening and they said I read fine and they followed the story ... but I could remember only bits and
peices... if I am rested I can pick up a book and read it fast and get every word... but on bad days they
seem to be written in a foreign language...listening to TV or someone talking to me can be the same way at
times ...I here but don't process... this may be cognitive rather than concentration ...fine lines

aside from the headaches that come on from a sneeze ,bending over startling etc I can gage when I am
going to get  headache by watching if I am functioning as far as concentration

I start with my bathroom and may not make it to kitchen because I get distracted by a basket of clotes... put
wash on washer and go look in the dryer for it and it will still be in the washer even though I think I put it in dryer ...
sweep the house and go back to the bathroom which is already clean and the only room  that is done and try
to figure out when it got that way
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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2008, 01:43:21 pm »
Soundy, you and I have the same syndrome.  I'll be watching the news and my husband will get a phone call for 2 minutes and he'll come back in and ask me "what did I miss," and if I have an inkling of a headache, I'll answer, "I have no idea!" The problem is that when I'm cleaning the house or doing any activity, I always have a low grade headache no matter what, and that always blows my concentration.  I got my nerve block on Thursday and it hurt like hell for 2 days and then on Monday I cleaned like a banshee!

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2008, 08:19:49 pm »
The only time since surgery I have been headache free is the couple days at the beginning of
August when I fell and was doped up with Demerol ...

This will sound strange ...or here maybe not ... I am getting so used to always having a headache that
for most part I work through it ...just slower than I used to be ... but when it gets worse , a part of my brain
shuts down to deal with ignoring or maybe just pushing back head pain and in the process I lose
concentration as my brain is busy keeping my head from completely over taking my day... this is my theory
anyway... I have lots of theories to explain weird life after AN stuff... like surgically induced tourettes that makes
me say S**T and D**N several times a day ... :)

since I was maybe 5 or 6 I have dealt with pain by ohming... concentrating on the pain and imagining a hand
rubbing it away... head and tooth ache pain were two I could never master... don't know where I learned this ..
I think mainly because I was not so much neglected just not paid overly much attention even as a young child
and I learned to comfort myself...I think my brain goes back to this and does shut down to some extent to
cope and in doing so I get foggy... when I used to ohm away belly aches or pain of a bruised knee I got foggy...

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2008, 05:50:37 am »
Bloke claims that once I start a topic of discussion with others... then the conversations continue, I will (once in a while) go completely off-topic and start a new conversation when the first one hasn't ended... for those of you I have spoken to on the phone or face to face.... you see that in me too?

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2008, 07:47:02 am »
Jeez, Phyll, ya think?

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2008, 09:58:50 pm »
Bloke claims that once I start a topic of discussion with others... then the conversations continue, I will (once in a while) go completely off-topic and start a new conversation when the first one hasn't ended... for those of you I have spoken to on the phone or face to face.... you see that in me too?

Phyl


I do that and it confuses people ...I lose them in conversations ... people I am around alot are kinda used to it
now and fix things I screw up ... my kids tell me ... "Mom you're having a duh moment "

Gets funny when I return to a subject that  me and Joe were talking about this morning  only now I am talking to Tom and
poor Tom has no idea why we were discussing how many pounds of BBQ we need for Fall Festival Dinner and
suddenly he is told about the Tennessee Bean Bag chair and check that need to be picked up this afternoon
when he thought Joe  was in charge of that ... and Joe is headed off across the county to do what George
was gonna do because I had talked to George the night before and then picked up the conversation with Joe today
and he thinks he is now George ... and we ain't seen Harry in months  :o

Lets just say I can muddle up things ...  :)


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Translab July 2 ,2007
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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2008, 05:03:33 pm »
yup-yup!Toady i am signing papers & my sis calls so i talk for about 10 min than i go to look for papers.....Gone.....took me an hour of looking every where.Last week i lose my reading glasses look everywhere....they are on top of entertainment center in the middle of the living room... 3 days looked everywhere but every time i started looking for them i would forget i was looking for them& do something else...hmm
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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2008, 07:58:49 pm »
So glad I'm not alone ;D  My sons are ready to commit me some days.  Got to laugh ladies and gents, its the nature of the beast I'm afraid ;)

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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2008, 04:19:25 pm »
UGHHH....THIS IS SOOO ME.
I CANNOT HOLD A THOUGHT....OR REMEMBER WHAT I DID 10 MINUTES AGO...
SOMETIMES MY SPEECH...WELL ITS LIKE I CANT GET THE RIGHT WORD OUT....I DONT KNOW....ITS HAPPENED FOR OVER A YEAR NOW....?
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Re: Concentration Issues
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2008, 04:46:45 pm »
I just want to say. DonnaLynn has a great website listed below. It was so helpful for me. I do have the concentration issues and many others this article EXPLAINS! I think it is great for family members also to help understand the REASON you are dealing with the many physical and emotional symptoms.

Take care all!

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