Just wondering if anyone else has had extreme cognitive dysfunction as to having to be told what to do?

It seems like I was very susceptible to influence. If someone would tell me I should do something, I did it without thinking. Has anyone else had this happen to them??


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  • Kim Dolce moderator
    6 months ago

    DawnW, I have had several versions of this happen. Being very suggestible is a frame of mind I’ve fallen into from time to time. As if I’ve been hypnotized and suddenly some auto-suggestion kicks in. And, I still have to resist walking past strangers who are talking on the phone and answering them as if they are talking to me. Inexplicable, not to mention embarrassing.

    I once had one heck of a time at the beginning of a flare while driving. I had to keep reminding myself of the difference between a stop sign and a stop light–and what I should do in each case. I started prednisone and got over it quickly.

    Another time my short-term memory all but disappeared. Mentioned it to my neuro and she immediately took me off Lyrica, which I’d started just prior to the problems. Cognitive function was restored immediately.

    It makes me work even harder to keep my guard up. Please know you’re not alone, Dawn.

    –Kim, moderator

  • Erin Rush moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi DawnW! Thank you for posing this question! I have not read of any of our other members experiencing this particular issue, but that doesn’t mean that others haven’t dealt with it. I think it stands to reason that with cog fog, there could be some other temporary impairments in cognitive function, like a lessening of discernment. I will be interested to see if any other community members chime in here! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

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