Can't find a light in the fog

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   Posted 12/19/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't get out of this fog. I've only been having it bad for a few days now but these few days to me have felt endless. I haven't been able to talk right, think of certain words, or even finish my sentences!! Reading is getting hard for me too (reading's my fave thing to do!!) and my eyes will burn from me trying to concentrate on the sentences. I can't find any comfort during this frustrating time and I "can't find a light in the fog."

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   Posted 12/19/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
When this happens to me I take it as a signal to relax. I swim every day (when it is not icy and snowing outside lol) and this helps relieve a lot of tension.

In addition, I make myself rest, no matter what needs to be done around the house. I learned to rest when I had active young children. They would just play on the floor around me while I tried to stay awake.

Beating up on myself because I do not recall words is futile. Oh, I spent about 2 years being unable to read. It was very hard. I joined the Talking Books for the Blind and ordered lots of book tapes. It turned out to be a lot of fun. YOu do not have to be blind to do this, just have a disability like brain fog.

Your reading skills will come back as you figure out how to live with the Fibro and fatigue.

Be well and welcome to this board.


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   Posted 12/19/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your reply and welcoming, Donnaeil. I have not been diagnosed with this illness for long, so you're right, things probably will get better once I learn how to cope and live with it. It's just been very hard for me since this is the beginning of this experience. I thank you again!

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   Posted 12/19/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   


Sorry you are going thru this. Reading is also my favorite thing to do, although I haven't been doing much lately. Hopefully things will settle down for you & you will get back to normal or at least close to normal!

You'll find that you will have good days and bad & who knows how long it will last. I sometimes get stuck in a fog for a few days and sometimes a few weeks.

I've found (as Donnaeil said) that finding something relaxing to do helps. It helps my mind to slow down and things don't seem so bad.

Good luck, hope you get to feeling better soon.

Hugs!!   Margie

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   Posted 12/20/2008 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome it is nice to meet you.  Fog is something that fluctuates like every thing else in this illness.  I have days & weeks where I live in the fog & then days & weeks where it has lifted some & I can think more clearly.  Stress seems to be one of my triggers for the fog to decend.  Living with as much peace as I can is very important & also, I live a very simple life. 

I love to read & have only been able to read again starting a few months ago.  For some reason the eye strain lifted & my eyes quit blurring.  I have been catching up on books I have missed.  One of the benefits of being unable to work is I can sit down & read with no guilt.   I hope you find the comfort you are looking for.  You will probably find it here with these wonderful people.  Hugs, Denise

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   Posted 12/20/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, JCgurl, and welcome!  When I first started getting the fog, I thought I was coming down with Alzheimer's!  It can be frightening.  I have found that laughing at myself helps a lot.  I used to have a great memory but I don't anymore so I can't worry and beat myself up over something I have no control over.  The more you stress over it, the worse it is.  So have a chuckle and share the goofy things you do.  A sense of humor helps a lot with this illness.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There is a lot of good info about fibromyalgia in it.  Also, ask questions and read back posts.  There is a world of information in them.
I'm so glad  you found us.  You have come to a good place.  We have wonderful people here with good ideas to help you live a full and enjoyable life with fibro.  So ask what is on your mind and we will all jump in to help you.  Hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 12/20/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much everyone for your replies and love<3

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   Posted 12/20/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi JCgirl,

I just wanted also to welcome you to the forum. I think you will like it here.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/20/2008 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with everyone. Take time to meditate and do visual imagery. Just sit or lie down and breathe slowly. That might help alleviate your stress which is probably exacerbating the fog. Then be ok with it. Try to laugh at yourself and tell yourself it is ok. Also, maybe you should get your eyes checked.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
the fibro fog has been the hardest adjustment- more so than the physical pain, and the ignorance of others who dont believe in illnesses that you cant see. the fog messes with me big time- im a high school english teacher and i will be writing on the board, then BAM! i forget my train of thought, students think im dumb etc. when i type, i keep putting the wrong letters in the wrong places and have to go back and fix it up. when i read, the words become scrambled. i am now very forgetful, which i never was in the past.
Maz XX
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   Posted 12/22/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear all of that, Mazfire. I completely understand what you are going through and I thank you for sharing your experiences with me! I must say, it is just getting worse as the days go on for me... this past week was so rough... and I do just try to sit and meditate and breathe in and out slowly... but the fibrofog is still there, and it doesn't seem like it wants to go away...
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