Increased Mental Fatigue & “Fogginess” Since IPF Diagnosis.
It is likely inevitable that patients living with a chronic lung disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis (PF) will experience cognitive effects in addition to the physical implications of this disease due to the oxygen deprivation PF causes. Without adequate oxygen to the brain, even while using supplemental 02, it is not uncommon for patients to feel mentally “foggy” following the diagnosis or progression of PF.
Unfortunately this is something I fear that I am experiencing as my own diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) gets worse. Lately I am feeling a bit slower mentally as I complete tasks both around the house and at work. Specifically while at work, I feel as though I am forgetting small and tedious, but important and common tasks that I’ve been doing for years (ie. documenting communication with the families I work with in our database). I’ve always done this, and yet the simple task of doing so seems to elude me lately. I also just feel extremely mentally exhausted on a regular basis, even after only a partial day at work. So much so that I sometimes worry about driving myself home safely because I just feel so mentally exhausted.
Have you experienced an increase in mental exhaustion since your IPF/PF diagnosis?
Was there a particular time or indicator for when you started noticing this (ie. when your 02 needs increased, etc)?
Another thing I really noticed today while at work was my lack of ability to understand multi-step or complex processes. I always used to love identifying and establishing processes for efficiencies in my work, and for collaborating with other teams. Today while in a meeting, I had such a hard time following a new process we were establishing that had multiple steps.
Do you have a harder time understanding/processing or following multi-step instructions?
If you’ve experienced or are experiencing the things I am newly noticing in terms of my mental exhaustion or “fogginess”, I’d love to hear from you. Specifically about when you noticed this, how you combated it (maybe quit working?) and/or any insight around how to manage it better.
Thanks in advance!
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