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How can brain fog dismissal result in malpractice?

On Behalf of | Jul 18, 2022 | Failure To Diagnose

When you go to the doctor, you expect the physicians to take your symptoms seriously and to provide you with top-notch care. Unfortunately, some doctors blow off symptoms or do not perform adequate testing to determine the underlying cause.

According to the U.S. News, experiencing brain fog normally indicates an underlying condition.

What does brain fog feel like?

Brain fog is a mild neurocognitive impairment that can have consequences when the underlying cause goes undiagnosed. Brain fog may make you confused, scattered or disorganized. You may find it more difficult to work through complex situations. If you suddenly have a more challenging time processing information or making sense of the world, you may have brain fog.

What conditions can brain fog indicate?

Brain fog can indicate various ailments, including mild problems such as poor sleep, anxiety or depression. However, there are also significant illnesses that can cause brain fog. For instance, people with Alzheimer’s disease may initially suffer from brain fog. Likewise, people with chronic high blood pressure tend to have fogginess. When your blood pressure rises, it can damage the blood vessels, which have more difficulties carrying blood and oxygen to the brain.

Your brain feeds on glucose, so if you have low blood sugar or undiagnosed diabetes, you might experience fogginess without recognizing that diabetes is a possible issue. It can also indicate an autoimmune disorder like lupus or multiple sclerosis.

To determine the underlying cause of brain fog, doctors should perform various diagnostic tests. For instance, blood tests and CT scans can indicate abnormalities. Additionally, doctors should check your medical history to find the onset of the symptoms.