Lupus is an inflammatory disease that occurs when your immune system attacks your own healthy tissue and organs. There are more than 200,000 cases of lupus per year in the United States. Lupus can affect many body parts including the joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, and brain. One of the most frustrating symptoms associated with lupus is quite possibly one you’ve never heard of – lupus fog. What exactly is this “lupus fog?”

Lupus fog refers to the fuzzy-headed feeling paired with forgetfulness that those with lupus experience more often than they’d like. Approximately 20 to 50 percent of lupus sufferers deal with this unique feeling of mental haze. More than just a bout of forgetfulness, the lupus fog impacts many aspects of daily life.

The lupus brain fog can make it difficult to concentrate and pay attention. Following directions, reading, or absorbing information can be quite difficult. The ability to multi-task seemingly goes out the window. For students, this can be particularly frustrating. However, those in all walks of life can find themselves negatively affected – from mothers to career professionals to children.

Lupus brain fog also makes it very difficult to remember tasks, appointments, etc. It can also lead to many misplaced items. Car keys, cell phone, bills are all suddenly part of a game of lost and found. Friends and colleagues may grow frustrated if meetings are missed, or conversations cannot be recalled. Relationships may become strained and your career could suffer if it appears your credibility is waning.

While living with lupus brain fog may be less than ideal, staying organized, focusing on one task at a time, and trying to learn new memory techniques may help you to cope.

New England Research Associates is currently enrolling in studies for those seeking new treatment options for Lupus. Study participants who qualify are closely evaluated by board-certified physicians and other medical professionals and may even have access to new medications before they are on the market. Compensation is also available for time and travel expense. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.