• 6 months after chemo finished, I have been left with the inability to drive. Fog/concentration loss due to chemo brain. Seeking advice.

    Asked by juliec3 on Saturday, September 8, 2012

    6 months after chemo finished, I have been left with the inability to drive. Fog/concentration loss due to chemo brain. Seeking advice.

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    • ruthieq's Avatar
      ruthieq (Best Answer!)

      Hi Julie. That fog is so frustrating I know. It took me awhile to get over that, but was able to drive at the time, just never considered not driving. To combat the fog though, I took vitamin B complex and that also helped the tingling in ahnds and feet. Then I made myself do easy crosswords, wordfind and other concentration games to retrain my brain so to speak, to pay attention! lol Are you also doing radiation because that can cause fatigue and tends to reduce the concentration levels as well as replacement hormones (or anti-hormones too). hugs it can be maddening but it probably won't be forever. I am 6 yrs out and I am still distracted more easily than I like, but concentration is much better. hope this helps.

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I haven't had that serious of a problem, but mine is progressively getting worse. 24 years out and I can say it's worse now than it was then. I still work every day, run a business, but extremely forgetful. More than just absent minded. Makes me extremely mad to forget things that I work with everyday, and then cant remember what it's called.
      Hope your doing better.
      greg

      about 5 years ago
    • debrajo9's Avatar
      debrajo9

      Ruthieg is right about the crosswords and such. You must exercise your brain. Don't just blame it on chemo brain...everything we have to face and deal with , the drama and trauma of having cancer makes our brains shut down to protect ourselves from more bad news. Think of it like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There is a site that exercises your brain called Luminosity.com that seems to be helping a lot of people. Hope this helps some! Best, Debra

      almost 5 years ago

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