Rheumatoid Arthritis And Brain Fog

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Brain Fog

Have you ever noticed that sometimes some things just slips your mind, or perhaps you walk into a room to get something and just about when you walk over the threshold you have forgotten what it is that you were going to get or maybe you just have issues thinking in the first place. This is something I have experienced a lot and it can actually be caused by your Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Info

Let´s start off with some basics about Rheumatoid Arthritis. R.A. as it is also known as is an auto immune disease that causes chronic inflammation in your body. Swollen joints is one of the more obvious symptoms of R.A. Rheumatoid Arthritis can and most likely is fairly painful, especially left untreated. Common treatments are TNF inhibitors such as humira or enbrel which basically works as an immuneosuppressant, more uncommon treatments are that of the natural kind such as what you eat or what you do. Please read Anti inflammatory foods.

Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect The Brain

Research has found that Rheumatoid Arthritis does indeed affect the brain. R.A. can affect your brain in different ways such as memory, concentration and also thinking clearly – brain fog. Many people who suffers from not just R.A. but other types of auto immune disease have noticed issues with these kinds of things. There seems to be a link between chronic inflammation and brain fog.

Does Chronic Inflammation Affect The Brain – In what way?

People who has R.A. or other forms of chronic illness seems to have changes in their brain patterns as well as a lower volume of gray matter, according to studies. The affect areas seem to be same as the ones where we experience pain and fatigue, perhaps this is the reason why we can experience brain fog. Another reason might be that people with Rheumatoid Arthritis are so distracted from the pain that we merely do not pay attention. In some cases, especially when you are eating cortisone, medications might be a contributor to brain fog.

How To Fix Brain Fog

I don’t know about you but speaking for myself, I can get very annoyed with my inability to remember certain things or even just be able to finish a thought, because it has happened that I know what I am thinking about but I just can’t remember it. It is very hard to explain but if you suffer from brain fog caused by chronic illness I am fairly sure you know what I am talking about.

If your brain fog is actually caused by you not paying attention due to focusing on your pain then the easiest thing is to get the pain under control. Either visit your doctor or try to heal rheumatoid arthritis naturally.

Another thing that has proven to help is exercise. When you exercise you do not only stimulate your muscles but you also stimulate blood flow which can lead to a decrease in pain but also a gain in overall health and mood. It has also proven to be a great way to feel happier and more motivated.

Other things you can do is to actually help yourself by getting more organized. Perhaps created to do lists to help you remember, keep a journal or even use your smartphone.

I think I have well over 100 notes on my phone. Sometimes I cannot remember why I put the note in or what it means but it is there. I email myself things to help me remember, I use post it notes or I create several reminders in my phone.


I know it is not fun to admit that perhaps you need to add reminders or send yourself email, believe me I know. I hate it but at least I remember almost everything that I need to remember. Somethings are just gone and I wish that I would have kept a journal. My family is fairly understanding but it has not been until recently where I have actually noticed the extent to how much my R.A. is actually affecting me. Being able to finish a thought is probably something that seems fairly normal to people, in my case I have issues finishing a thought because I cannot remember what it was I was going to think about. I know that it sounds strange, I cannot explain it in any other way. At least I know what the cause is and I can try to adapt to the best of my abilities with what I have been given.

Thank you for reading, I hope this has been helpful, please leave any questions or comments below. If there is anything in particular you would like me to write about leave it in a comment.

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  1. Hello, thank you for your very interesting post on rheumatoid arthritis and brain fog. My friend has rheumatoid arthritis and as you write it I could see several times that he is about to forget some daily things more en more. You have given some solutions to what could be his problem of brain fog. I’ll be glad to tell hem that there are some treatments like TNF and exercise.
    I’ll refer him to your post and tell him about to do lists he could write on his phone.
    Thank you very much for help

    1. Hi Jacob,

      Thank  you for reading, I hope this will be helpful to your friend. There are things he can do, he just needs to try and he will figure it out. 

  2. Thank you for this informative post.

    I had never considered RA to affect the brain.  Other than the annoyance of the pain which can affect concentration as you think about it, I didn’t see any connection.

    I suppose if you’re not concentrating, you may not commit some things to memory and then there’s the medication side of things….who knows what effects they really have on the whole process.

    Now that I think about it, I can see how various factors play a role in all of this.  I already set calendar and daily reminders on my devices but I still forget from time to time.

    Again, thank you for this post.  It gives me a lot to think about.


    1. Hi Scott,

      I do agree with you on that. Little things such as reminders are of great benefit to at least my daily life. 

      Thank you for reading. 

  3. This post brings back memories of a very dear Great Aunt who suffered with RA in a really dreadful way, a friend’s wife is now also suffering.

    Was totally unaware of the brain fog connection that you mention, this I found to be very informative, the only problem is I wonder if I too have brain fog, as often I cannot remember things, could it be that this is connected to something else as well I wonder.

    The sad thing is that unless you know someone who is suffering from RA, or has suffered then you are not aware of the dreadful pain that people are in. Thank you so much for bringing this to people’s attention.

    1. Hi Stuart,

      I am sad to hear, yes the pain caused by R. A. Can be extensive. 

      I do believe that people in general can suffer from the same symptoms from just not paying attention or in other ways being distracted but if you notice these symptoms more frequently it might be worth to get checked to be on the safe side. 

      Thank you for reading

  4. Hi; I have read your honest post on Rheumatoid Arthritis. Truth is, I am not sure if that was my case. But the symptoms you described are familiar to those I used to have. It can be disgusting when you are holding something in your hand and searching for it.

     It warrants people to laugh at you. Brain fag and inflammation of the brain are some occurrences that are affecting people globally these days. Do you believe that Rheumatoid Arthritis can be reversed?


    1. Hi,

      It could well be. Sometimes it might just be that we are distracted that we miss these little things but if it happens frequently or you feel that it just isn’t right then perhaps it is caused by the illness. 

      The damage caused by Rheumatoid arthritis cannot be reversed but you can however prevent further damage being caused. 

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