Long term memory loss

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saintsfan
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   Posted 8/28/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
My mom and I were talking about a trip we had went on a few years ago to San Antonio and she was talking about the shops we went to and the restaraunts and the hotel we stayed at-I had to confess that I didn't remember any of it-except actually going on the trip--can anyone tell me if long term memory loss is part of fibro or not? The more I thought about it the more upset I became! How could I forget these things?  I wasn't on any medicine at that time so I can't blame it on that; maybe I'm a 37 yr old alzheimer pt?! shocked

Sherrine
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   Posted 8/28/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
When I started with the fog really bad after my husband passed on, I really thought I had Alzheimer's too!  I cried so many times over my forgetfulness, because I used to have a wonderful mind, but my kids laughed and thought I was being funny.  And, yes, there was one time my kids were talking about something that we did and I had absolutely NO recollection of it and still don't!  It only happened that one time but is was frightening.
 
The more you worry about the fog, the worse it seems to get.  I just laugh now at my lousy memory and not being able to come up with the right word.  It's far better than stressing over and, besides, stress makes the pain worse.  You most likely are fine.  You have fibro after all!
 
Sherrine
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 8/28/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have long term and short term memory loss. It is scarey but like Sherrine said it is better to just laugh it off. When you have the choice to laugh or cry its always best to choose the laughter. It is the better medicine.
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Shirley
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Acheybody
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   Posted 8/28/2010 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it happens to me too, and I hate it!! I don't know how to combat it, either, except maybe writing more stuff down. I keep telling myself I'm going to start doing this - (as soon as I get my act together, that is!)

I agree with Sherrine, though, the more upset we get, the more we (or at least, I) start spiraling downward, mentally, physically, and spiritually. It's almost like a gravitational pull that I have to constantly work against.

Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

MT Lady
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   Posted 8/28/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are really concerned, you can go to the www.alz.org website (for Alzheimer's) and see the section where it says something like "10 ways to tell if you have Alz"...something like that. NOW PLEASE DO NOT PANIC....I am NOT saying you have it. My mom does, she was diagnosed 7 years ago and I've been worried about it ever since then. There is a huge difference between the things we forget and what an Alz patient forgets. If it will ease your mind, you might just want to do some research.
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Miriam

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puppylover
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   Posted 8/28/2010 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
My 2 sisters are always talking about stuff we did together when we were younger. My kids will bring up stuff we did when they were younger. I honestly don't remember a lot of the stuff they are all talking about. I don't worry anymore. I did before I knew about the 'fog'. I do work hard at trying to use my mind though. You know, with games, reading, learning new things.

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saintsfan
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   Posted 8/28/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not worried in the sense I"m making myself ill about it - I was just curious if it was part of this fibro fog-then I'll have a reason to say it's the fog and I'm not losing it you know? It did upset me at the time of our conversion and for a few days after. I don't remember alot of my childrens growing up stuff either. Funny how this fibro affects our minds so much
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Acheybody
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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
It sure is! To me, it seems like there's just too much coming in all the time as far as bodily sensations (usually unpleasant) and that takes up most of the room in the old brain. Or something like that.

Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

vestabula
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   Posted 8/28/2010 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   

There isn't a time in any given week when I'll turn on a movie and the hubby will say 'we saw that already at least three times.'  I saw Avitar this past Christmas, saw a commercial that they are bringing it back to theatres and the clips they showed looked foreign.  My kids, who are now in their 40's, also bring up events that happened while growing up that I don't remember and should!

Donna


puppylover
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   Posted 8/28/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna, 2 of my sons are in their forties. I recently explained my 'fog' to one of them. He brought up different things that I would forget, the worse being the time I forgot that preschool was only going to be half day one day. Of course I go there to pick him up in the late afternoon like always. The teacher is not happy and the kid was upset. To this day he brings up "The time Mom forgot to pick me up from preschool. It was the worse day of my life"! Geez, I still feel bad about it. shakehead

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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/28/2010 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it just me, or does this sort of wax and wane? Like right now, I'm terrible - and have been for about a month or so, since I've been so sick with whatever that was.

You wanna hear pathetic? (I might have told you this already - but hey, I actually am not sure.) This week, I thought of something and said, "I better jot that down before I forget, that's a great idea!" In the time it took me to click on the software to write in my journal I totally lost it. I have no idea what it was. *sigh* Probably was the key to world peace, or maybe it was where I left my recipe card - I'll never know!
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

saintsfan
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   Posted 8/28/2010 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Lol, princess, I will walk into a room to get something and completely forget what it was for hours then suddenly I'll think I need to do this; wait didn't I already do it? Nope completely forgot. My kids just roll their eyes and tell me I'm getting senile again.
Dx: Fibro, HTN, Depression, IBS, Lupus like symptoms

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" Psalm 34:18

Sherrine
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   Posted 8/28/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
This happens to me all the time...forget within moments!  I always write lists.  I had a very short grocery list but stuffed it in my pocket and then ran errands.  I got to the store and the list wasn't in my pocket so I tried to remember what I needed.  Of course I remembered what I needed when I got back home.  I had forgotten three things.  I went to the store the next day for the three things and could ony remember two of them by the time I got there.  I still need birdseed.  mad
 
Sherrine
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Acheybody
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   Posted 8/28/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Boy, does that sound familiar!
 
My family teases me all the time that I am like the mom in "Just Friends," ..... the one who starts calling up her friend Joyce when her son is on the other line.  He says, "Mom, it's me!!"  and she says, in a ditzy voice, "Chris, what are you doing at Joyce's??"  tongue
 
My bad hearing loss doesn't help.  When I repeat what I THOUGHT someone said, my hubby will say, "What? Monkeys have big noses?"   Of course, there are times when Mom is NOT in the mood for this, and then they'll back off.  Most of the time I just try to roll with it.
 
Debbie    

LIVNLEARN
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   Posted 8/29/2010 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
about six years ago I was having very bad short term memory loss. For example, I would be at my church or at my bank but for several minutes I would not "know" where I was.....couldn't recognize my surroundings. My Rheumie told me that this is b/c fibro patients never reach stage 4 of sleep and he prescribed lunesta and sure enough those episodes went away. Sleep is the way the body restores itself and unfortunately with fibro that is a constant challenge.
LIVNLEARN

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