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   Posted 3/3/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
um yeah well I am really behind in my school work because I am having a hard time concentrating and staying focused.... i start doing an assignment and then my brain is off somewhere else and I can't get it to come back to where I need to it be.
Anyone know any tricks to get my brain to stayin one spot so I can get through my school work?

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   Posted 3/3/2010 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Melisana, Brain fog is common with fibro. I have horrible fog when I'm flaring and when
I'm not getting enough sleep. My rheumy suggested that I start taking B12 5000 mcgs
daily for my fatigue and have found it to help some with the fog too. Eating healthier has
also helped and I find it is easier to do mental tasks after I excercise. Check with your
doc before trying any supplements. Cutting back on caffeine and sugar helps me.

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   Posted 3/3/2010 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Melisana!

I'm sure glad you posted this! I'm a retired college teacher and would be happy to give you any ideas I can come up with...if I can remember I also have a grandson who's in first year college and he has Aspergers...that's a difficult one for being organized and remembering also.

Can you share what level of school you are in? If high school there should be classes or after hours times where you can get great help. You will find topics there like how to keep organized and not forget things, now to study for tests, test anxiety, you get the idea. Just ask your counselor and they should be able to help. Also, if you are not in college yet you can get what is normally referred to as an EIP. It basically puts in writing any problems you may have that get in the way of you learning and achieving to your best potential. A lot of kids hate getting the 'label' but that's not what it's for. It makes available programs and resources that will help you do your best. My grandson was afforded things like a tutor if he wanted one, a laptop, extra study time and access to resources other students don't have. It's something you may want to consider. Even if you are at college and have a diagnosis that shows you have problems in some areas, you can get assistance and often extra time to get work done.

If you are in college they also have free study classes for the same things as above. Get together with study groups if that would help. If what you need is personal ideas for how to keep it together then those might not be your thing. On campus there are lots of types of counselors who can help.

Try looking online for study groups, making sure they are a true help site and not just another chat room. If you would like any more ideas and if other members have more, please speak up! I have a passion for helping young adults make the most of their education and lives.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
:) I am started on my masters degree in career and technical education with a emphasis in training and development. My professor has been really lenient(even without paper work LOL) with handing in papers and stuff. My classes are online so I do the assignments as I do them type thing. My dianoses is very new so not so sure doctors would write a thing for me. Also not sure if it is the fibro or if it is just me it is hard to know when to blame it on the fibro and when to blame it on myself. Even the pain now I am not sure when i should be worried about the pain or if I can just chaulk it up to the fibro. this whole thing is just so confusing. I just know that I really need to get my brain to focus so that i can catch up on my work and just can't seem to get it to focus. It is so frustrating.

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   Posted 3/8/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a flare that lasted for very long... I could not concentrate or remember things, i could barely read and make sense of it. I researched meds online, read about it, i had to have a quick fix due to my job. I found adderall very helpful, you just have to be careful, and make sure your heart is healthy. My rheumatologist also suggested provigil and savella. You can find some info online. But so far im doing ok on adderall.
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   Posted 3/8/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I am very visual. When I was in college I would make flash cards so each thing I was memorizing, etc was isolated. When you take the test and see the word or whatever, you can visualize it on the notecard in your mind. Worked for me. I think they now have computer programs that make the cards for you so you don't have to hand write them, except the actual writing of each card (though time-consuming) also helps with memory. Hope this helps. Good luck. Both of my sons are in college as well and soon to be graduating with one working on his masters. Good luck!!

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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a huge, tough time with focus. These are some of my tricks. I chew gum while trying to get stuff done. I also sit on a Swiss ball (fitness ball) instead of a chair while at my desk. For some reason that bit of bouncy bouncy helps me to stay on task. If I have to memorize something rote, then I do better while moving. Flash cards or even reading go better while pedaling a stationary bike. Take small breaks with a timer to remind to get back to it. Don't eat a bunch of simple carbs; you will slip into a carb zombie state. Good luck!!! I hope one or more of these strategies help.
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   Posted 3/10/2010 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Melisana,
I just finished my Master's degree and am starting a PhD program in the fall.  I also had trouble concentrating.  Sometimes the simplest things just would not make any sense.  I If something does not make sense, it is important not to stress about it.  Stressing about it makes it worse.  Try not to overload yourself - that is hard to do in grad school.  Also, take frequent breaks.  It is good to pace yourself - do a sitting and reading/writing task for a little while, then switch to a moving around task.  The student disability center might also be a good source for you.
Good luck!
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