i think i am getting dumber by the minute

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   Posted 1/8/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
hi all:-)

so for past week or so my fibro fog has been absolutely, positively horrible. i keep forgetting things, getting my words all mixed up, keep staring blankly into space. my family thinks i'm losing it, and i'm starting to wonder, too! i keep seeing all of these very interesting threads on here, and i want to reply, but it's litteraly like my brain can't put a thought together cohesively. when i do try to post, after i re-read it i realize that's not what i wanted to say! (i'm sure i'll do that with this post, too)

also, things i used to know-facts, concepts, grammar rules, capitols of countries, even simple words!-are just totally escaping me. my head is jus..woop! off in outer space somewhere. it's totally terrible timing, too since i am due to start my new semester of college next week!

i know there have been lots of fibro fog threads here and i'm sorry for clogging things up with another one, but this is really driving me crazy right now. to make matters worse, physically i've been feeling pretty good. why can't i have my body and my brain working right at the same time??!!?? cry
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   Posted 1/8/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dannielle,

I think we all wonder that. Why can't the body and mind be working at the same time. It just seems like when one gets better, the other one acts up. That is life with fibromyalgia I guess. I, for the life of me, can't understand it when I can't find the right word. It is always a 'thingy' or a 'you know'. And I forget the other person can't read my mind. Though often it should be simple enough because there doesn't seem to be much to read.

So I think a lot of us can understand how you are feeling, you aren't gettting dumber, you are just experiencing more fibro fog. I often meditate and try to keep things in life simple. It helps some to clear the mind.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

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   Posted 1/8/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, I am new here and in the process of being diagnosed. I have this forgetfulness/fog alot and have wondered what the heck it was. I too thought I was just lossing it. Sometimes it takes all I have to get through the day, and my speech becomes more jumbled day by day. This is hard for me because I have always been the keeper of the schedule for my family. I completely understand how you are feeling. Hang in there and know your not the only one.

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   Posted 1/8/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey danielle...I had to call Geico this morning because we are in the midst of a terrible blizzard and I couldn't make the appointment to have the dent removed from last weeks accident...Anyway, I could not for the life of me remember the word mini-van!  Or the make of the stupid thing!  The best I could come up with was that it was a 'big gray car'...the adjuster must have thought I was nuts.  Besides that, the husband brought the garage door opener inside(before we decided not to keep the appointment) because he didn't want to leave it in the 'big gray car' while at the shop and I tried to turn off the t.v. with it.  I have done that with the phone...but a garage door opener??? The other day I said 'recepticle' instead of 'respectible'.  And just forget the spelling.  I just give up on that and use phonetics.

You surely ain't alone, my dear!





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   Posted 1/8/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Donna made me laugh! I've done similar things!

Once I dropped off my baby at my mothers's house, and when I got to work I panicked because I had forgotten dropping him off and thought he was still at my house. Forget speaking. I can't think of words and I sure can't spell them. This is embarrassing as I am an English tutor. Most of the time I do ok by joking that while others have bad hair days, I have bad brain days.

I'm sorry you are having a hard time. Hopefully it will pass soon. smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 1/8/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh dear!!!...lol If it wasn't so funny it would be sad. Does that make sense?...Probably not but I know all of us fibromites understand! If knowing there are others doing the same helps, then you sure must feel better.

I found a jar of "something" in my pantry last week that I couldn't identify. I can remember back last summer, I think, when I bought a jar of baby corn. I was it a beautiful 6 sided, stubby jar so I planned to keep the jar and reuse it for jams or something. Well, I found that jar with the lid on tight...thank goodness...and it was 3/4 full of some dark liquidy gunk. I figure if you can't begin to identify it then it's likely not edible...lol I don't know if it's the rest of the corn that rotted or was something else I stored in it...that was obviously supposed to be refrigerated! No way was I taking a chance on opening that sucker...into the garbage it went. I'm sure it will ward off all the raccoons in the neighborhood even with the lid on!

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   Posted 1/8/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Lol yes, Donna! I too have done the same kind of things!
Nice to meet you Jliven. You'll learn a lot just from talking to everyone on here! Hope you stick around!! :-)
And I hear yah, Danielle.. my fog gets awful sometimes.. yesterday I was way "off" and trying to play Battleship (one of my fave games!!) with the husband and the first game I did well but then the second time around, I just kept staring out into space instead of calling a row and number! And kept asking "is it my turn or yours?" It was awful.
And my phrase when I forget words from the fog is "whatchacallit?" LOL And yes, sometimes I throw a couple curse words in too cause I get soo annoyed!!
I totally understand, and from the looks of things, so does everyone else. You are not alone.
Hope your mind starts treating you better!! smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 1/8/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes, not always, if I get active to revup the adrenaline it clears my brain some so you might want to go for a nice brisk walk Danielle. Not if it is slick out though or you will end up with worse problems.
Yesterday I get ready to leave to get my hair trimmed and Ken says "be carefull out there". He is always telling me to drive slow be careful or something. The way I went out is private drive the city doesn't take care of and when I went to put the brakes on and the car kept going I realized he was telling me to be careful cause it was slick out. I didn't have a clue it was slick out and you could see the ice on the payment. I was running a little late and my brain didn't make the connection. Thankfully I stopped before I hit the curb. It is scary sometimes especially when driving that your brain does not connect things.
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   

The brain fog can be so frustrating but funny at the same time.  I have been so foggy this week from being out of my regular routine.  I started back to work on Monday and the fog has been extra bad.  Just an hour ago I was sitting with my 13 year old watching the news.  They have a question of the week and I always try to answer it.  Well aparently I did today and then when I heard the answer (aparently I was right) I said "Oh, I would have never guessed that"  well it didn't take long for my kid to point out that I had made the right guess, I don't even remember guessing.  We had a short arguement about it.  As usual (because I question everything now) I gave in and said "I'm must have been fogging again". 

It helps so much to know that others experience the same symptoms.  It's reassuring because I think all of us think we are losing it.  I think one of the things that doesn't get better for me and as gradually gotten worse is my ability to spell.  I used to be a good speller and now when I type or write a word, it's like it's a foriegn word or something.  I can't even come close to spelling it right and they are not hard words.  Is this typical of fibro and will this continue to get worse?  I hope not because my words are starting to get limited.  We should start our own language, one with symbols. I suppose we would just forget what the symbols meant, so never mind turn .

I hope your fog lifts soon!

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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I know exactly how you feel! I now have the Merriam-Webster Dictionary saved in my favorites on my computer and I use it alot! I also say the wrong things when talking. The crazy thing is, the words that come out have nothing to do with what I wanted to say.

My hubby is getting sick of me repeating myself. I get really frustrated sometimes, but can't help it. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to write up a reply, and even then I still have words spelled wrong or things I didn't mean to say.

So you are not alone. I'm still waiting for the day that I feel good mentally and physically.

Hugs!!   Margie

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   Posted 1/8/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you all so much for your replies. i hate to know that you all go through the same thing, but it is also nice to know that i'm not alone! to me, the most frustrating thing is feeling pretty good physically like i said. it just seems like it's always something, huh?

this week has been so bad that i've forgotten where i've put my wallet 4 times on the same day, called my sister twice on the same day and then totally forgotten why, completely forgotten simple words like "fabric" (the best i could come up with was "clothe") and "electric" (had to use "power" after a very long pause), and put hair de-frizzing cream on my face! (it is looking rather smooth, though) i even had to forgo watching jeopardy, my favorite game show, because i was blanking out on absolutely every question. (not that i get too many right anyway, but i always get at least 3 or 4!) bah! so frustrating!!!!
love and hugs

this being human is a guest house.
every morning a new arrival-a joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awarenewss comes as an unexpected visitor.
welcome and entertain them all!
even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably
he may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

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