Living With Fibro Fog

Fibromyalgia, IBS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, Closed Head Injury 

Living with fibromyalgia, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and closed head injury is not easy.  Day to day my symptoms change, always with constant pain. 

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue. Not to mention all the other conditions that go with fibromyalgia. Like fibro-fog.  

Fibromyalgia affects all aspects of the person living with it. Although chronic pain is one of the most debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia, there are a whole range of others like: 

  • Tinglingor numbness in hands and feet like little pins and needles
  • Extrememuscle stiffness in morning
  • Headaches,including migraines
  • Irritablebowel syndrome
  • Painfulmenstrual periods and other pain syndromes
  • Extremesensitivity to light, and/or loud noises
  • Problemswith thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”)

Fibro-fog has been described with the following symptoms:

  • Mental and physical fatigue
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Difficulty retaining new information
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty carrying on a conversation
  • Difficulty to focus
  • Easily distracted 
  • Lace of alertness

With having fibromyalgia and closed head injury together it can be incredibly debilitation. So much so, that sometimes it helps to see the humor in it…or go crazy. If you deal with enough pain for a long time, you may want to embrace the crazy side of it all.

Like putting your purse in the dryer, then when you did a load of clothes there was your purse. 🙂 🙂  My husband and I laugh at all the crazy things I do. Or you walk into a room with a purpose but quickly forget what you went there for in the first place. My husband tells me all the time “focus, focus”.  Like my grandmother always said, “you sound laugh about it, no need to cry over spelt milk.”  It helps that I have an understanding and loving family. 

“Everyone forgets words sometimes. But usually when you do you are able to give a definition or a word having the same or nearly the same meaning. With the fibro fog, the word is gone completely and utterly gone.”

Fibro fog is having to set alarms on my phone for every- single- thing I do in my day.

I could be having a conversation with my husband, and all of a sudden, I stop talking, look at him and say, ‘What were we talking about?’ Because I can’t remember to save my Life!

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