Brain Fog

Many hypothyroid patients complain of brain fog. It’s difficult to know what this is, exactly what symptoms they have. In my case I found my brain seemed ‘fuzzy’. Sometimes I found it very difficult to hold onto a thought, my thinking was cloudy. It was quite stressful trying to function normally and push against this lack of mental clarity

Even with high dose liothyronine treatment or moderate dose liothyronine with olestra my brain function was still impaired. However, simethicone has eliminated my brain fog, my thinking is perfectly clear for the first time in 20 years.

My case was exceptional, most patients will not be affected by PBDEs to such an extent. It is reasonable to expect PBDE burden and susceptibility to the effects of PBDEs to vary throughout the population. It seems likely that a greater number of people will have milder forms of ARTH caused by PBDEs. Many hypothyroid patients are able to recover with thyroid hormone therapy, but their brain fog persists, perhaps because they have a mild form of ARTH. These patients might benefit from simeticone and I would recommend a six-month trial to see if it helps. Ideally a formal placebo-controlled trial will be carried out.

I don’t recommend a particular brand of simeticone, I want to keep this website non-profit and independant. When choosing a brand look at the amount of simeticone in the tablet, some have as little as 25mg and some up to 125mg. This will have a bearing on how much the treatment will cost. Also, look at the other ingredients, they will determine what side effects there might be and how much you can take. Do not exceed the stated dose. In the longer term if more patients respond to this treatment it should generate interest from the medical profession and better formulations of simeticone or other substances will be developed.

Let’s look at some possible proof that simeticone works.