Fibromyalgia Fog

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   Posted 7/21/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   

At first it was kinda funny, I would have something in my hands, put it someplace go to find it and could not remember where I put it.
All most daily I use my son's cell phone to call my cell phone because I don't remember where it was.
And keys....we won't go there.

I was on adderall xr for add but had to go off it because of really bad headaches. How do you all handle the fibro fog?

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   


Fog is difficult alright. I always hang my keys on the same hook beside the door, the minute i walk in the house. I write down all my work rotas in a diary, or your cell fone if it has that option(my old one did) I keep my cell fone in my pocket all the time, and i box out my vitamins once a week so i wont forget to take them.

I have second supplies in my work locker of things i usually forget, pain meds, heat patches, make up, hair gel, energy bar, vitamins etc as sometimes i'm up too late to have myself presentable for work so pull myself together on break.

I try to keep things in routine, i put the foods in  the same place, I've separate laundry bins so clothes are sorted before they get to the washer and  organise everything as best i can and try not to stress.

Hope that helps.


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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish I could be like Boo, honestly. Today I lost my face cloth. Had to wash my face with a towel.

I am determined to get rid of a lot of stuff around here and simplify my life. I hope this will make things easier.


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   Posted 7/21/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
It took me forever to even remember I had a hook by the door but once it became routine, it made things easier. I am always calling my cell phone to find it, half the time it's in my pocket! I've spent hours looking for my glasses when they were hanging from my shirt collar. The microwave and crock pot are my best friends because they don't set the food on fire when you forget about it. If it weren't for automatic online bill pay, I'd be sitting in the dark with no internet. Some days, I can do trigonometry and other days, I can't do 4th grade math.

For me, the fog is the worst symptom. It gets me crazy sometimes. It amazes me that I can remember the craziest trivia yet can't remember why I walked into a room.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh man, I forget everything. Sometimes I'll be talking to someone and I can't even remember a word that should go next in the sentence. And I misplace things ALL the time. And of course, most people don't understand. Sometimes I don't know if its fibro fog or just my bad memory, but I always blame it on the fibro!

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   Posted 7/21/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Routines and lists. Also, I rotate between tasks: for instance, make a phone call, do some mindless tidying, sit and have a rest, and only make another phone call when my brain has recovered.
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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh the fog!  I do some of the things mentioned by others.  My biggest help is lists and post it notes.  Sometimes I have to sit down and combine my lists and cross things off, and I go nuts when I can't find a list!  And my blackberry is a lifesaver to remember to do certain things!
My biggest problem is going from one room to the next and not remembering why.  Usually if I go back to where I started I can remember, but not always!
Routines, keeping things in the same place all the time, and trying not to stress too much about it seem to me the best thing to do.  Yes, it's frustrating.
What really bugs me is people who don't get it...they'll say something like "we all lose our memory when we get older".  Yeah...not like this.  It's along the same line as "oh my back hurts too, we all fall apart when we get older".  I am not old.  I am 48.  My grandmother lived to 111 - now that is old!
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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies to the post. I got a good laugh from them. Nice to have company in the fog.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
    Check into detox pads for your feet. It pulls the toxins out of your  body and helps a lot with the brain fog. I talked to a woman at the state fair and they have a foot soak detox but it cost a lot of money. Her kids thought she had alzchimers.
They would ask her something and 5 minutes later she wouldn't remember. She did the detox and is now a normal functioning woman. Can't hurt to check into it.
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   Posted 7/21/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I read a study by someone who tried the foot detox pads.  He first put them on his feet and the pads turned all black and gross.  He then just left them out in on the table all night and they did the same thing.  Further investigation showed that the ingedients in the pads interact with the air and that is what turns them gross and black.  They apparently do no detoxing.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I try to remember to put my keys on the key rack but occcasionally that don't happen.

I am forever losing my sunglasses. Heck I even sometimes think that I have lost my phone and I'm freaking out looking for it only to look down and realize it has been in my hand the whole time.

Some days I'm lucky if I remember to make sure that my head is attached to my shoulders.
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   Posted 7/22/2009 4:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Yup the detox pads are snake oil.


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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with that simplifying thing Donnaeil. I started that this spring but didn't get very far, actually I think I created a bigger mess. I can't even get the pictures on my computer organized so I can get them off of here and on disk.
I make a lot of to do list. I keep my calendar right by my computer along with my bill paying card for the month so I can look at them everyday. I pay a lot of bills online too. Sadly there are still a lot of things I forget to do. I wonder around the house all the time trying to remember what I am doing.
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
A good sense of humor helps me with the fog.  I can't change things and I can't let myself get frustrated over it because of the stress that causes, so I just laugh at myself and keep on going.
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