‘I Really feel Like I Have Dementia’: How Mind Fog Plagues Covid-19 Survivors

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‘I Feel Like I Have Dementia’: How Brain Fog Plagues Covid-19 Survivors

Tiny strokes can cause some symptoms, said Dr. Dona Kim Murphey, a neurologist and neuroscientist who has had post-covid neurological problems, including "alien hand syndrome," where she felt a "super bizarre feel for my left hand," as if I didn't understand why was positioned the way it was and I was really fascinated by it. "

Other possible causes include autoimmune reactions, "when antibodies accidentally attack nerve cells," said Dr. Spudich.

Symptoms like tingling or numbness can occur when damaged nerves send incorrect signals, said Dr. Allison Navis, a neuroinfective disease specialist at Mount Sinai Health System. Some people with brain fog still have lung or heart problems that can worsen neurological symptoms.

So far, according to neurologists, MRI examinations have not found any damage to brain regions.

Dr. Murphey, scientific director for a brainwave technology company, who failed to conjure up the word "work" in a recent meeting, said research is critical to getting symptoms serious.

"People say derogatory," It's all in their head, "she said." In this case, it's literally in our heads, and it's very real. "

That summer, Mr. Reagan, the vascular medicine specialist, turned on the stove to boil eggs and then absently went for a walk with the dog, Wolff-Parkinson-White, named after a cardiac arrhythmia. When he returned to find a dangerously hot empty pan, he panicked and has not cooked since.

He forgot the past Christmas, New Years and the Paris holidays in March, which he arranged for the 40th birthday of his partner Mustafa Al Niama.

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