What is chemo brain?

So I have been hearing about chemo brain. When does it usually start and what exactly is it? I think something is wrong with mine. I just had MRI they say it's all clear. But, I have been doing some messed up shit. I have only had one full day of chemo too. Thinking about taking MRI to PC????

Robin Redmond
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You can read all about it online. I don't think 1 chemo would cause it?? I've been done with all treatment for 3 months. I'm still doing stupid shit. Maybe it's having too much on your mind...

Joyce Honeycutt
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Could be, I do have a very full plate, to begin with before this crap showed up. And it just got all messed up with the DX and how my loved are handling it. Thanks.

Robin Redmond 3 years

Will be thinking of you!

Joyce Honeycutt 3 years

Thank you.

Robin Redmond 3 years

What kind of stupid thinks?

Unnur Longoria 3 years

Left my purse at store and drove home with car trunk open. That's just a few!

Joyce Honeycutt 3 years
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I was dumb. Can’t process and solve problems.

Buffy Sylvester
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Since the chemo crosses into the brain, it can happen... My mom takes folate prescription, hugs

Sheila Tate
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I feel like i am just a nut now, TBH, I was a tad nutty before but nothing like this.

Robin Redmond
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Chemo brain is so real ... We laugh and call it the cheesy (as in Swiss cheese) part of my brain. I still forget lotsa stuff, we can forget a whole conversation or even seeing somebody at all, then I can tell you the same shit four times in the same day. God, my family is so patient ... Hahaha, have even had my best friend show up to go somewhere, wasn't at all ready, couldn't remember talking about going anywhere ... The good news is, it does seem to be getting better!

Kim Villegas
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Hate the name, can we give it another?

Mary Boswell
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Like what? I am open to something else.

Robin Redmond 3 years

Not sure but I'll try a think of something maybe with my chemo brain. Lol

Mary Boswell
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You are also under a tremendous amount of stress. Cancer is a huge life shock.

Lee Roth
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How long were you in the hospital? My mom started to get delirium from a longer stay and it took a while to clear up.

Vanessa Groves
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I was in ICU for 11 days, hospital for 13

Robin Redmond 3 years

That could do it for sure.

Vanessa Groves 3 years

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3255198/ Here's some information on it.

Vanessa Groves 3 years

It can vary quite a bit... I think I did notice after first treatment some, but it got worse with subsequent treatments... Losing train of thought/forgetting what I was going to say; not able to multi-task like normal; not able to problem solve; even taking a minute to get a very simple statement out (saying um & repeating parts). I said I felt like I couldn't connect the dots; reduced/not so effective cognitive functioning. One time I literally felt like I was in a "fog".

Jill Massey
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I find myself losing words I am trying to say, I feel like I have AZ sometimes

Robin Redmond
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Same here! Plus, I have lost my filter, as evidenced by the things I say on here....

Patti Talbot 3 years

Haha ... My filter has been broken for ever! But yes, my thought process was so messed up, and mid-sentence I would forget where I was heading. Sometimes typing (and I was a typesetter/graphic designer) I would forget where things were on the keyboard. Good thing is, it doesn't last forever. It does get better!

Kim Villegas 3 years

I swear patti we must be twins lol

Robin Redmond 3 years

I never really had what I would consider "chemo brain" and never had much trouble even when I had my "brain met" once they started treating me. I did have some speech issues and lose of sensation in my right arm/hand, but had massive brain edema. The steroids really helped with that. Sure, there are times that I mix things up, or forget things (I need to write everything down), but I think it's more likely from being "overwhelmed" and/or possible the effects of having had a brain tumor and brain radiation. I also think it's age related to some degree too -- My memory and ability to multi task is not nearly like it once was a few years ago? I used to work in finance and accounting and now balancing my checking account is a major task. My thought process is not the same, for certain. If your MRI was clear and you've only had one chemo, it's not likely chemo brain, and may simply be from anxiety. Anxiety and stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, if it keeps up, talk to your primary care MD. They can do a work up for other possible diagnoses too.

Lisa Navarro
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I think that is a good idea. I did have a severe head injury in the 90's that really had me messed up for about two years. Maybe it has something to do with that as well? I will call my PC after I get a copy of the MRI on my brain. Thanks.

Robin Redmond 3 years

My partner didnt feel safe driving once he sta4ted chemo. He said it was because he couldn't think quick. He never drove again.

Heather Darby
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All I know is my brain isn’t right either.

Geri Cope
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