My husband and I were on our way to see a movie and for him, Milk Duds are an essential part of the movie-going experience. So I suggested that we stop at a convenience store on our way that sold super sized cartons. I knew that my guy would be a happy camper with a box (or two) stashed in my purse for later consumption! “I’ll be right back – no need for us to both get out, you can just stay in the car.” I chimed.
It was easy to find the rack of candy that spanned a full aisle in the small store. I scanned the shelves and perused all the different shapes, sizes, colors and names looking for the familiar golden-colored box.
Normally I am able to easily scan shelves quickly and find the product I am looking for – no problem. In fact it is so automatic, that I just do it without having to think at all. However this time things were different! I simply could not find what I was looking for no matter how hard I tried. I was really confused. “Focus”, I thought to myself. I couldn’t help but wonder though what was wrong with me! Why was it SO difficult to distinguish one type of candy from another? I felt like I couldn’t “see”. Like something heavy was hanging over my eyes.
It wasn’t that I couldn’t see though. My vision was perfectly clear. The thought crossed my mind that I must be reacting to the fluorescent lights in the store. “Yes, that must be the problem” I concluded, trying to soothe my ever-increasing anxiety. I looked up to check out the lights. I shook my head to try to “see” straight. I had to remind myself to relax, that there was no need to panic. I was just picking out candy for God’s sake. I can do this. Get a grip!
After what seemed like eternity, I finally spotted what I was looking for and made my way to the cash register to pay and quickly escape, happy to once again be outside in the fresh air, sunlight and away from those cluttered, confusing shelves and bright lights.
This experience left me feeling a bit frightened. Little did I know that this was only the first of many uncomfortable and strange physical sensations that I would experience as a result of having high blood calcium from one of my four parathyroid glands becoming a non-cancerous adenoma ( you can learn more about the function of the parathyroid glands HERE and about how calcium affects the brain on parathyroid.com’s blog post HERE.
After multiple episodes similar to this one, I realized that it had nothing to do with my eye-site or the bright lights, but rather it was my inability to process the details of what I was seeing. If you read our website you will learn that brain fog is just one of many symptoms caused by primary hyperparathyroid disease and according to experts, it is one commonly reported by patients who suffer from the disease.
Do you suffer from brain fog or any of the other debilitating symptoms associated with primary hyperparathyroid disease? Learn more on this website to help ensure that you, or someone you love, does not go undiagnosed and suffer needlessly. If you have questions about our experiences, please feel free to contact us.