Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide

Problems with thinking ("brain fog")

Some people experience what is often called "brain fog". Brain fog is how people describe being forgetful or unable to concentrate. The medical terms for a problem in the process of thinking are cognitive deficit or cognitive impairment.

About one-third of people living with Hep C have cognitive deficits, most commonly difficulty concentrating and slowed thinking. This can interfere with your ability to learn, focus on a task for a long time or do more than one task at the same time. It can easily chip away at your confidence in being able to finish tasks on time, as they take longer and are more likely to have errors.

About one-third of people living with Hep C have cognitive deficits, most commonly difficulty concentrating and slowed thinking.

Cause

Brain fog may have a direct link to Hep C, although its possible causes are unknown.

Treatment

  • When your head is clearer, try and keep your mind active by doing activities that require you to concentrate, such as doing crossword puzzles or reading.
  • Along with exercising your brain, exercise your body. Physical exercise increases blood flow to the brain. Extra blood will nourish your brain cells and help reduce the build-up of plaque (fatty deposits) in the blood vessels including those in the brain.

Along with exercising your brain, exercise your body.

Tips

Try and keep track of the time of day when you feel most confused. Plan to rest during this time period.

Buy a daily or weekly pill container to hold medications such as ribavirin. Keep a record to track when you have to take your medication. Make a check mark at the time you take your medication.

Use Post-It notes to remind you of important appointments.

Find a permanent place to put your keys and other important items.

Start to-do lists with titles like Must Be Done and Nice to Get Done. Focus on one task at a time and cross it off when you finish. Make your lists in the evening for the following day.