What to Do about the Brain Fog of Psoriatic Arthritis
Fatigue, swollen fingers, and painful joints are some of the well-known symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. But this chronic, inflammatory disease can affect the mind, as well. Many people with psoriatic arthritis report experiencing brain fog, which can manifest in different ways, including mental confusion, memory issues, or difficulty concentrating.
It’s difficult to pin down a brain-fog definition, because it’s not actually a recognized medical condition. “Brain fog is not a term a neurologist would ever use—it’s an ethereal condition that’s hard to diagnose and treat,” says Clifford Segil, D.O., a neurologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
“Usually, what people refer to when they say ‘brain fog’ is difficulty thinking and the inability to remember simple things and perform tasks that are seemingly easy,” says Mithila Fadia, M.D., a neurologist at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Illinois.