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Menopausal brain fog

I hate even typing this out loud, lol, but I am 47 and starting to go through menopause.  The rest of me still thinks I am 23 :)  I remember my mother-in-law years ago talking about her menopausal "brain fog."  I don't remember my mom talking about it but she had a hysterectomy at my age and also I was away at college at the time.  anyways I don't really understand what it is or if there is anything I can do to prevent it or make it not as bad.  I just don't want to seem like I am losing my mind over the next few years if I can help it.  I would like to save that for later, lol.  

I'm sorry if this is the wrong site but I was googling stuff and this site came up and it was the only one I found where i could ask questions instead of just read.
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Hi NotLosingItYet,

I just finished reading your post. You say you're 47 and starting to go through menopause. It's not so bad. I'm already in menopause and have
been for about two years, I'm in my late fifties. I don't think you can prevent
it. It happens to everyone whether they admit it or not. I also call it a mind
blank sometimes, a brain freeze. Take your pick. LOL  For me, this is what
happens. Let's say I'm talking to my husband. We're chatting away and
suddenly I stop talking temporarily because I can't remember the name of
someone, the name of a particular object, the name of a certain medicine,
etc. etc. I guess what I'm saying is that the brain freeze lasts for me usually less than 2 minutes.  It's really funny what my mom who is in her early eighties and myself are having a conversation and we're chatting and
we take turns having a mind blank. We just laugh. My mom usually tells
me , don't worry you'll remember, or I  tell her don't worry you'll remember.
That's what you do. You don't worry about it. These brain freezes don't last long. We all take medication of some sort and this contributes to these memory lapses. My husband who just turned 65 has brain freezes too.
It's all part of the fun of getting older and everybody does sooner or later.
So don't worry if you have the occasional "brain fog". Everyone has them
to some extent or another. Eve :)  Thank goodness smiles are free.
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OMG.  This is the SAME thing that happens to me... maybe different, but the same.  I will be in the middle of a story that relates to something that was said a minute ago,  and halfway through the story, I forget what point I was trying to make. No clue.  I mean, I don't even know why I tagged on to the conversation in the first place, Thank you, wisewoman, for at least not making me feel like I was alone and, well, had become stupid. :)  I hope I learn more from you.
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Hi NotLosingitYet,

I'm glad I made you feel better. What you are describing happens to me too. It also seems to depend how tired I am. My friends who are also around my age are used to this. I just admit I forgot what I was saying
and ask them to remind me of the last things I said. This will usually
put me back on track and then my mind remembers where I left off in my
story. I was talking to a good friend of mine that I've known since highschool. We actually met in grade 8 and we  have remained friends for
over thirty years. We're also both primary  teachers and both recently retired. Anywaym my friend's name is Lynne. Last night she was
sharing some stories with me and we both started laughing because
I totally identified with what she was saying because the same things
are happening to me, including getting side tracked in a story. Lynne is 8 months younger than I am. I actually just had my birthday earlier on this month. It's really nice having friends that are around the same age as oneself, especially women friends. We're all experiencing the joys of being middle aged, but so what.  When I was trying to think of a nickname for this site, I wanted to choose a name that didn't seem too all knowing , if you know what I mean.  I actually have a lovely sweat shirt I purchased a number of years ago. On the back of the sweat shirt is says the words " knowing woman". The front of the sweat shirt there is a really interesting picture of a woman who is supposed to be a story teller. Well, I enjoy sharing stories so it seemed a natural. As far as learning more from me, that's kind of you to say, but I suggest that we learn from each other. Hope to talk with you again. Eve :)
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