fatigue and brain failure

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boo32
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   Posted 7/8/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
hi all,
I hope everybody is ok. Just a quick question. Can anyone tell me how bad they get with regards to fatigue and fibro fog. I feel like i'm shutting down. I get pangs of fatigue so bad i could fall asleep on the spot yet i managed to walk the dog earlier this eve. Painful, but i did it.
I feel like i'm wading through water.
 
The brain failure is worse, i can't remamber collegues names, the day, the date is near impossible and i keep misplacing things and despite a diary just can't remember my work rota.
I almost feel like leaving a sign on my bedside locker telling me the day, date and what time i'm working on it.
 
It has taken me ages to type this as nearly every word is a typo, i keep correcting.
Does everyone feel like this at some point, i know it'll subside, i hope! Just wondering, i don't take any meds that would cause this.
I left my mobile phone in the fridge and my husband finally found it after supper. Did you know there's no singal in there, you do now....... Plaese tell me i'm not cracking up.
Boo
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


boo32
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   Posted 7/8/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
ps, is it normal to forget ehat your saying mid sentence, this has been a prob since a teenager. Words coming out all jumbled and not able to explain myself clearly, even just ordering food. I made an ass of myself today in the pet shop trying to describe a cable chain.
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 7/8/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I experience all of these things. Sometimes I do such stupid absent-minded stuff... and then have no memory of doing it. It's so frustrating. I also stumble over words and often have trouble retrieving the word I want to say. Names? Forgettaboutit. All this stuff ebbs and wanes with the fatigue, mostly.
Donna


AustenFan
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   Posted 7/8/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been in complete "la-la land" lately.  I'm really having a bout with fog, and I'm having heightened anxiety which can also add to the spacey feeling.
 
Yesterday, I tried to leave the self check-out at the grocery store without paying (unintentionally, of course devil ).  I had scanned my coupons, and somewhere in my brain it registered that I had also paid.  The automated voice kept yelling at me to put the groceries back, and it took me a minute to figure out what was wrong.  People were looking at me like I was nuts, and my daughter keeps asking me what is wrong with me because I keep doing weird stuff like that.  I just love the fog.
 
I also get really, really fatigued, like I'm just going to collapse if I don't lie down.  It doesn't happen all of the time, and it seems kind of random.  One day I can work really hard and be fine, and then the next week I can do the same thing and feel exhausted.  Such is the nature of fibro, I guess.
 
Hugs - Austen
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gonuts
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   Posted 7/8/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I thought i was losing it too!!! This has been going on for so long now. I stumble over words, forget what word to say, lose track of what the heck i am doing. It is so frustrating, I was getting scared... I lost a job due to my forgetfulness and stuttering when i was stressed out. Thank you for this post. I feel better knowing I'm not the only one.. My mom looks at me in such concern, She also has fibro, but she said she thinks I am worse off. I will let her know it is normal. Laura
Cervical spine surgery 2004, C-section 1986, Cholecystectomy 1999, Thoracic and Lumbar injury 2000. Anxiety/depression 2008. Fibromyalgia 2009, Thyroidectomy 2008. Degenerative disc disease. IBS. Asthma


Littleneck
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   Posted 7/8/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
When I first entered this huge flare back in January, I would suddenly fall asleep at my desk at work - when I got out to my car I would be shaking and crying from the fatigue. I remember collapsing onto my driver's seat and then bursting into tears because I felt so awful. Since I started meds in february it's been a little better, but the fog definitely has a mind of its own. I often can't remember things in mid-sentence, and it is really troublesome. Or I know on "foggy days" to think before I speak. Self censorship!

Statgeek
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, boo, it happens to me too.  Pain and fatique make the fog worse.  I cannot think of words and lose my train of thought in the middle of a sentence.  I have moments of clarity like my response to a suspicious post on here, then poof, it goes again.  My mom asked me about the fibro and I couldn't think of the word "unpredictable."   A few weeks ago, I had fog while writing, but for some reason, could think of the word circuitous.  What a crack up.  Later that day when hubby asked me where I wanted to go eat, all I could think was "circuitous!"  
 
Oh! and yesterday was my daughter and son in laws bday.  I went to Ikea with friends and kept thinking all day, "is there someone who needs a gift?"  When I got home, I had to go out again to get them something because I couldn't remember earlier.
 
Now we have a joke which makes it easier.  Whenever I have a hard time, I just stop and say, "fog."  Everyone giggles and we go on our way.
 
Sue

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 7/9/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
lol ...
I have forgotten my own name while answering the phone at work.
It's bad for me cause I have light brown/blondish hair so now I'm like a walking blonde joke!

anstar
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   Posted 7/9/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I was at the doctor's office this morning. She introduced herself to me and we spoke for a while. She sent me across the hall for a blood draw and once there, someone asked me which doctor I'd seen. :( I couldn't remember her name. I still can't.

boo32
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   Posted 7/9/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   

hi guys,

thanks for the replies. It makes me feel so much better to know it's normal in a fibro way.

I was just at a wake adn couldn't say the persons name i was paying respects to as i knew i'd say the wrong one. I was shaking Jim's hand and while his brother Peter was 2 feet away in the coffin, all i could think of was getting the name right. In the end i said nothing.

I work in a chemist and constantly call out the price of the prescription instead of the nacme of the patient.

Also, i've gotten my husband and friend to look at some of the posts on the board so they can better understand that i'm not trying to wind them up. It is actually this hard to function.

Has anyone ever been asked by thier gp or rhuematologist about fog, i don't think they use it as a diagnostic synptom. You'd think they'd consider it if it's that prevailent.

Thanks again, boo

 


BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


Carnissa
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   Posted 7/9/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
the fatigue is bad for me too.. But i hate more the fog... forgetting things mid sentence or forgetting the word i wanted to say ...

I felt like such an idiot when i out to dinner and couldn't say i wanted a bacon cheeseburger.... took me 5 minutes to remember then had to point and get the boyfriend to order for me...

its even worse when i am at work ... and i forget to give a message from a huge contractor about an order to the guys at the order desk...

thank god i have good understanding bosses.. and i can make fun of myself...
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neeters
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   Posted 7/13/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I told the nurse today that I was 33. She told me my paperwork said I was 34. I wasn't sure which wwas right, me or the paperwork I had done previously. I had to ask my hubby.

I hate bad days when this happens cuz I don't like feeling like I don't have it all together.
Diagnosed with Fibro in 09.

Lexapro, Xanax, Ambien, Prevacid

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boo32
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   Posted 7/14/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   

hi all,

I had an app with an occupational therapist/counsellor today.

After much questions and form filling/assessmants, she spoke to me at length about the fibro fog and the extent it has had on my daily life. As an adult it has been hard but when talking i just realised it goes back to my childhood.

I always did badly in school, long story short version......she says she wants to do two more tests next week as she's pretty sure i have Dyspraxia, something that can be linked and likened to fibro.

I got all worked up as i said i didn't want to go down the road of another dx and had just accepted the fm. She said she wasn't contradicting my gp or rhuemy, and that this is a positive step forward. It'll help me cope better with the cognitive problems and learning difficulties i had/still have.

It would explain an awful lot though, i looked up the net when i got home and i see the simlarities. I just don't want to take it on board right now.

I don't know what to think rolleyes

boo


BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


nurse2
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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   

I was at physical theraphy with my mother when I looked down and noticed that I had lost the diamond out of my wedding ring. I was too sick that day to get overly upset because it just would have taken up too much energy. I did look around and reported it t the right people but it never turned up...of course. Luckily we had it insured so all I had to do was call the insurance company. I took my ring to the jewlers where we bought it. The insurance company sent me a check, which I deposited into my checking account. When I went to pick up my ring I was just amazed at how pretty it was and how it shined! I just kept bragging on the ring and then said "Thanks for doing such a good job" and started to walk out without paying.  The girl started looking at me funny so I stopped and gave her a puzzled look and then finally my brain kicked in. I HAD NOT PAID FOR THE RING! I was just luckey enough that I knew the owner and they didn't try to have me arrested. I was totally embarassed to say the least. shocked  

Nurse2 


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Statgeek
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   Posted 7/16/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Today I met with someone about some research we did.  We were talking about the statistical analysis and a basic statistical test called regression analysis. I am pretty good with statistics - hence the name statgeek, right?  We were doing fine with our conversation and then right in the middle of my sentence I couldn't remember the word regression anymore.  I was trying to say: The regression showed that such and such did not predict such and such and couldn't think.  It came out "The, the the uh umm...... Test ..... showed . . ." I felt really dumb and the people were looking at me funny.   It is times like this that make me wonder if I am fit for a PhD program.  Tomorrow is a dr. appt. and I want to ask him about it.
Sue

boo32
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   Posted 7/17/2009 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
hi all,
The verdict is in, while dyspraxia can be linked to fibro i certainly don't have it as the physically tests, walking in straight line, matching things up, left/right hand selection were as they should be for someone with fibro.
The even better news is that the OT is going to liase with the GP. I laughed cuz there's not much either can do for it. I guess it just makes me feel better knowing we all have it and i'm not being pigeoned holed with another label.
boo
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


Jhemi
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
idea   Hi...I'm new to this..and as you can see by my little helper there I also have brain fog..
 
I've just recently been told by my doctor that I have Fibromyalgia.  Everything so far that I've read here in some way or another describes just what I've been going through for quite some time now.  Although I would NEVER wish this on anyone, it is so good to know I'm not alone. 
 
Brain fog, intense pain, and fatique are just a few of the symptoms I can relate to. 
 
The fatique is never ending.  Although it might have something to do with the fact that I can't sleep for more than a few hours at a time on a good day. 
 
Brain fog ... Geez... I can't walk into a room without wondering what I'm doing there most of the time.  And if I remember right... scool .. at one time I had a vocabulary that would readily produce any word I needed.  Not so anymore.  IF this does get better with time PLEASE someone let me know!
 
Guess all I really had to say was...yes...someone else out here understands yeah

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Jhemi, and welcome!  I know...fibro is no fun but we will help you learn to enjoy life to the fullest with it. 
 
Have you checked out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum?  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia in there.  You will learn a lot.
 
I'm so glad that you found us and joined in!  We do have wonderful members that love to help one another.  So, read back post and ask questions.  We are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from you soon.
 
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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I couldn't think of the word "skin" last night. I have a problem with my stomach that I can't digest fibrous foods. So at the restaurant where we ate dinner I wanted to ask the waitress whether their mashed potatoes have the skins in them (cuz I can't eat the skins). Couldn't come up with the word. I was just about to try to play charades with the young lady. But I looked at my husband with that "Help me!" stare and he said "skin" for me.

Fog.
Donna


Corinne44
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel like that too sometimes. The fatigue can come on all of a sudden and I have to lay down for a little and take a nap. I hate when it happens! I also forget the words for what I'm trying to say. I was talking to my husband the other day about our pond and could not for the life of me remember what the lily pads were called. It can be very frustrating at times! Most days by the end of the night I have so much pain in my feet that I can hardly walk up the stairs to bed. I guess it could be worse though.

Corinne

boo32
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   Posted 7/18/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

hi guys,

i jsut made toasted garlic bread and left it on the plastic tray when putting it in the oven, big mess, no toasties, destroyed oven. I need to move at a snails pace lately to avoid these mishaps. \i'm so annoyed with myself.

boo


BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD

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