Fibro Fog. Brain Fog. Senior Moments.
People who live with Fibromyalgia (FMS) refer to their Brain Fog moments as “Fibro Fog.” This common symptom is characterized by short-term memory loss, cognitive issues, difficulties concentrating or retaining information, transposing letters/numbers, just to name a few.
I find my symptoms growing worse as I get older. I am transposing numbers all of the time. It takes me longer to do simple tasks sometimes as a result. And it is definitely harder for me to remember something someone told me a few minutes ago. Just ask my family. (That’s why at work I take notes in a searchable online notebook (OneNote) if I will have to remember something later.)
I don’t think those with FMS have this symptom cornered, however. It can be attributed to an inability to sleep or a response to medications for those with other chronic pain or conditions as well. But unlike the temporary fog you feel from taking an allergy medication, memory loss and disorientation are two common symptoms that plague us. Take a minute to watch this video from Chronic Illness on the Mighty describe Fibro Fog. Some of these are pretty accurate and will give you a sense of what it’s like!
I appreciate reading the thoughts and stories of others who share my sometimes debilitating condition. We all have different responses and ways of coping with our chronic conditions. Here are some ways to Beat Fibro Fog. And please check out some of my fellow FibroWarriors who blog at the Fibro Blogger Directory link on my page.
Do you experience Brain Fog or Fibro Fog? Do you have any strategies for dealing with it?