Coffee with Esther (February 2024)

I Think We All Get These

Well, January is now behind us and I think we’ve all had a “blue mood” to the start of the year. Iwan and myself have classed it the “brain fart” month!

Have you ever experienced a moment where you couldn’t remember a simple word, or had trouble focusing on a task? We’ve all had those brain fart moments, but did you know that there could be a connection between myelopathy and these lapses in cognitive function? In this blog, we’ll explore the link between myelopathy and brain farts, and how understanding this connection can help improve your overall wellbeing.

We all know what myelopathy is. So what about the impact on cognitive function?
While myelopathy primarily affects motor function, recent studies have shown that it can also have an impact on cognitive function. Researchers have found that nearly 60% of people with DCM state their cognitive function is impaired. Individuals with myelopathy may experience difficulties with attention, memory, and executive functions. These cognitive impairments can manifest as brain farts, where individuals have trouble recalling information or struggle to stay focused on tasks.

The Why Behind Brain Farts

So, why does myelopathy lead to brain farts? The exact mechanisms are not fully understood, but it is believed that the disruption of normal neural pathways caused by myelopathy plays a significant role. When the spinal cord is compressed or damaged, communication between the brain and the rest of the body is compromised. This can result in decreased blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain, leading to cognitive deficits.

woman holding head in confusion and frustration

Does this all sound familiar? Why not try a few of these ideas to help manage your myelopathy brain farts:

  1. Take a Deep Breath and Relax

    When you experience a brain fart, it’s important not to panic. Stress and anxiety can further cloud your thinking, making it even harder to regain your clarity. Instead, take a deep breath and relax. Close your eyes if you can and focus on your breath. This simple act of deep breathing helps to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calm and relaxation.

  2. Practice Mindfulness Meditation

    Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool that can help you cultivate mental clarity and focus. By training your mind to stay present in the moment, you can minimize distractions and improve your ability to think clearly. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and focus on your breath. Whenever your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to your breath. Consistent practice of mindfulness meditation can enhance your cognitive abilities and reduce the frequency of brain farts.

  3. Get Moving and Exercise

    Physical activity is not only beneficial for your body but also your brain. Engaging in regular exercise increases blood flow to the brain, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen that enhance cognitive function. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a yoga session, or a gym workout, find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your daily routine

If you’re experiencing myelopathy-related brain farts, it’s essential to seek medical attention and work with a healthcare professional if they become a problem.

So don’t worry if you have few of these; we all get them. In fact, I had a whopper of one last month. I was asked to give dates for the Coffee Breaks for January and February and I could have sworn I typed the right dates but alas I didn’t, so please make sure your calendars have the correct dates.

If you want to join us for our next Virtual Coffee Break on the Support Group on Facebook, please log in and click on the post with the links to the coffee break. I hope to see you there.

  • 15th February at 2pm GMT
  • 22nd February at 6pm GMT
  • 7th March at 11am GMT
  • 14th March at 2pm GMT
  • 21st March at 6pm GMT

Esther