memory problems, how can I help myself?

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   Posted 7/3/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
How can I boost my memory? I forget things to the point that sometimes even carrying on a conversation it's hard to come up with the words. I'm wondering if it's the meds I'm on or if it's something else. Any input would be great. I do not have a dignosis yet but have a doctors appointment later on this month.
I've been diagnosed with anxiety and panic attacks.
My symptoms are......backache, severe headaches that Tylenol and Iboprofen won't touch, problems concentrating and problems remembering stuff, constipation, sleep disturbances, I tire easily, sometimes weakness,sometimes aches and pains,more heart palpitations lately too,  Im sure there is more but it's hard to think. Zyrtec for allergies and sometimes a nasal decongestant.
I take Paxil and sometimes Ativan for my anxiety. Over the counter I take a multivitamin, stool softener, a vitamin B supplement when I remember, AZO yeast when I remember. I think I've given up on Tylenol and Ibuprofen but have turned to Aleve, pain patches, pain creams, and my best friend my heating pad.

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   Posted 7/3/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Some of this can be medication but people with fibro do have cognitive memory problems.  It helps some to keep your mind active.  I like to play bridge on the computer.  You have to remember what cards have been played.    I also work on genealogy.  Do things like that....crossword puzzles, even research on something you always wanted to know about.  Other than that, the best thing you can do for the fibrofog is keep a good sense of humor and don't stress over it.  That just makes things worse.
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   Posted 7/3/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Sudoku is great to keep your brain thinking. I'd actually mention it to the doctor, just to make sure I wasn't forgetting due to the medications personally.
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   Posted 7/3/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Play lots of brain games and trivia type games to keep your brain active. Learn a new skill or a new language - that also stimulates the brain. You may have memory problems from your meds, or from the Fibro, but the more you do to keep mentally fit now, the better off you will be!

ps: I'm glad I'm not the only one going thru this!!! :-)

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   Posted 7/4/2010 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
If you don't want to carry around whole books of crossword puzzles, try the Nintendo DS. It even has some brain training games.

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   Posted 7/4/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
White Chocolate Chip, thanks for reminding me!  LOL  Nintendo DS Lite has a game called Brain Age.  I have that.  I love my Nintendo and carry it in my purse.  I don't get frustrated when waiting in the waiting room at the doctor's office.  I have Clubhouse Games, too, for the Nintendo and they are great!

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   Posted 7/4/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
There is an herb called Ginko Biloba. It takes a little while to help you, but it does help. I would talk to the doctor about taking it though to make sure that it doesn't interfere with any of your meds.

And as was posted above, keep stimulating your brain. As they say "use it or lose it". I play bookworm on the computer and that helps me a lot.

Take care, have a great 4th.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 7/4/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
You are definitely not alone, Blessed. Memory problems are the bain of my life!
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