I had a Q-EEG done Thursday, July 19th, at Cognitive Solutions Learning Center in Lincoln Park. I’ll talk about this more in the future after I get my test results back in a couple of weeks, but a Quantitative Electroencephalographic is basically a method for evaluating brain function based on your brain’s electrical activity. From what I understand, wave-forms of varying frequency, shape, location and amplitude are measured against what is considered “normal” and could possibly help pinpoint areas of weakness for use in targeted cognition therapy.
I’m not expecting any smoking guns or “A-Ha!!!” moments with regard to M.S. (after all, there was no “before” EEG taken, for comparison), but considering that a majority of my present and most debilitating symptoms are not physical, but cognitive; i’m curious as to what this could reveal.
I first read about EEGs in Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis by Jeffrey Gingold; a book I recommend if you suffer from problems with cognition. But it was actually my personal trainer that introduced me to another client of his – a clinical psychologist – that happens to administer Q-EEGs and actually has a couple of other multiple sclerosis patients undergoing identical therapy. I’m not positive of what my therapy will entail, but i’m assuming that it will be similar to the therapy I received after being diagnosed with dyslexia as a child: cookies, Tang and completely demoralizing brain teasers.
More about my Cognition Issues:
From unusual at the start to just a downright fucking catastrphe in early 2012. They began to surface around early 2009 but were tremendously magnified after my Jun/2011 relapse. Before D/X, I naturally just blamed it on lack of sleep, exercise, stress, diet… the typical catalysts. After D/X, I’m stuck contemplating what exactly it is that I’m going to do with the rest of my life…