Hello, I am 37. Since I was 17 I have had a recurring group of symptoms that includes brain fog, fatigue, mild depression, cattarh, bloating and gas. It usually lasts about 3 weeks and then passes for about the same amount of time before returning. It does not seem to be getting any worse or better with age. I have suspected hypoglycaemia, allergy and/or a food sensitivity and consulting with a nutritionist has suggested the same, however blood-sugar testing (using a self-testing kit) has not shown excessive dips or fluctuations and food-group exclusion experiments have proven similarly inconclusive. Increased responsibilities in my work and family life mean that the condition has become more difficult (and stressful) to live with as the brain fog part, in particular, slows down and impairs my judgement, which is not ideal when looking after my small children or a business and it also causes tension in my marriage (as my wife understandably struggles to deal with the inconsistencies in my mental alertness). Any suggestions or help would be truly appreciated!
I had a head injury when I was 15 - I fell over skiing and the back of my ski struck the lower back of my head, right at the bottom of my skull, where it meets the back of the neck, which bled a lot and I still have a bump today. I did not receive medical attention for it at the time but have always wondered if it could have caused any lasting damage.
Also I am very dependent on caffeine (especially during the bouts of brain fog - it does help to an extent). I only drink 3 cups of tea or coffee per day, as any more than this keeps me awake all night and makes me feel shaky - at the same times every day (first thing in the morning, 10am and after lunch) but I suffer bad slumps if I miss (or delay one of these).