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Clearing Away MS Brain Fog

Tips for Managing Brain Fog continued...

Have a family calendar. Hang it in the kitchen or another central place where you and the rest of your family will see it many times a day. "Everyone in the family from age 6 or 7 and up should be responsible for adding to it," Kalb says.

Use tech. Your smartphone can be an ally. Try out MS-specific apps as well as alarms to keep you on track. You can set reminders to go off right where you need them -- like the supermarket or drugstore.

Cut down on distractions. Brain fog can make it harder to filter out background noise and other things that can take your attention. So if you need to concentrate on a task or conversation, turn off the TV or go to a quiet space.

Go step by step. Do you get muddled doing tasks -- like cleaning, or a project at work -- and lose track of what you need to do next? Break down each task into steps, and check them off. "You'll give yourself a road map to help you as you go," Kalb says.

Timing is everything. What time of day do you feel best? Morning? After lunch? Tackle your more demanding tasks then. Save the less important stuff for other times.

Get help. If you can’t seem to clear the fog, work with an expert -- like a neuropsychologist, occupational therapist, or speech pathologist. Special computer programs can help you work on your attention and memory. "It's like physical therapy, but for your brain," Kalb says.

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Reviewed on December 24, 2013

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