Fibromyalgia produces a number of conditions that are part of living with an invisible illness.
One of these is cognitive dysfunction or Fibro fog. Due to sufferers feeling confused, experiencing short term loss of memory and mixing up words.
Before I was aware I had fibromyalgia I was often told;
‘Your a scatter brain…’
‘Why do I have to keep repeating this to you…You should be able to remember…’
Usually because I’d had forgotten the time I’m meeting someone or instructions about completing a task.
I used to feel frustrated that others had fantastic memories but I had no ability to retain information.
Now I know why, I’ve been suffering from fibro fog.
It’s true most people at some time in their lives have difficulty recalling things but with fibro fog it can suddenly hit you out of the blue.
At it’s worst I’ve found myself standing in front of someone I know and chatting to them as they look familiar but I cannot remember there name or anything else about them!
That’s really embarrassing!!
Or perhaps even worse than this I’ve forgotten to take tablets I need to help me feel better.
I end up remembering to take them days afterwards and feel annoying with myself for forgetting something so obvious.
What’s causing these symptoms?
Probably the most likely explanation of this is due to poor sleep quality. Added to this fatigue and the daily routine of living with pain all contribute to the severity of Fibro fog.
How can I cope better with these symptoms?
It’s been documented that fibromyalgia restricts the blood flow to the brain. Managing pain levels by practicing some simple relaxation exercises or meditation and mindfulness can help.
When l was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia I had great difficulty relaxing. Learning some simple relaxation exercises helped me to cope better with the pain, and gradually I’ve found my symptoms have improved. I’ve worked out ways to lower my stress levels and experimented with different techniques for improving the quality of my sleep.
Other ways to remember important information
Making a list of tasks you must do, perhaps keeping a diary or getting a calendar to make a note of important dates.
The most important of all is to not worry about getting things wrong it’s inevitable that we will forget something important. I think we tend to overcompensate for our short comings. Better to get what we can right and accept what we cannot and move on.