Why Fibromyalgia Patients Lost in the Fog
I have found myself Lost in the Fog this week.
I know that there really is no way that my non-fibromite friends & family will truly understand how it feels however I still find myself trying to explain it to them.
My daughter almost ended up grounded because I did not remember a conversation that we had last night. I know what you are thinking – but she is a good kid so I knew I could believe her when she told me we had talked and what had been discussed.
There was so many times today that I said the wrong word or went simply BLANK.
When I was describing it to someone today I was trying to remember if I had already told her. If so, she was nice enough to listen to me tell it again.
As I am writing this I can hear others telling me “it happens the older you get”. I get it. Really, I do. No matter how much I lie about my age my body reminds me daily of my real age. BUT IT IS NOT THE SAME!
It could be as simple as losing things or transposing numbers but fibro fog can seriously affect one’s quality of life.
You sit and stutter trying to come up with the word. ‘The thing, you know, the thing that you use for — never mind, the word is gone.”
It can be very disorienting and scary. It can screw up all of your senses.
One of my friends describes it “as if you’re getting startled awake in the middle of the night.”
There are many things that can make your symptoms worse and I have experienced many of them the past couple of days. Thanks to the wonderful summer storms we are experiencing I have had increased pain and less sleep.
Like everything with fibro we can’t predict when we are going to get lost in the fog but there are some things we can do to help alleviate the fibro fog provided you remember them.
- Use planners. PLURAL… more than one.. paper, electronic, post-it notes & alarms
- Stick to a routine. Establishing routines can help you deal with brain fog.
- Go to bed and wake up the same time every day, even on weekends.
- Don’t multi-task. Not easy for a type A, ADD personality.
- Get regular low-impact exercise. Water exercise is the best for me.
- Check on your meds. Medicine can cause the fibro fog feeling. Talk with your medications that can help with attention and concentration.
Fibro Fog sucks. I could use prettier words but I can’t think of any better way to express it. It took a long time but I have finally learned to laugh about a lot of the things that I have done during a foggy day. Please feel free to post a foggy moment that made you laugh.
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