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Fibro fog

Feb 13, 2015 5:26 PM

That's the worst part if this for me I'm a waitress and it's hard when you can't remember nothing what helps

Feb 13, 2015 9:05 PM

Tami, it is definitely very difficult to deal with Fibro-Fog. I've had conversations with people and forget what I'm saying and sometimes I actually blend three thoughts in my conversation and have no idea what I'm talking about. I've driven somewhere I've gone more times I can count and then get all turned around and forget where I am and get lost. It's really a frightening thing. I e gone for extensive cognitive testing and they told me that I DON'T have dementia or early onset Alzheimer's. I haven't met or spoken to ANY person who has fibromyalgia and didn't have Fibro-Fog. Best of luck to you.

Feb 13, 2015 9:50 PM

Fibro fog is one of the main reasons I can't work my job. Don't feel safe working on electronics on small planes when I sometimes can't remember what I just did or was going to do.

Feb 14, 2015 11:27 AM

Sometimes I'm so foggy, I wash my hands and then have to lift the lid on the john to make sure I remembered to flush... Then, of course, I have to wash my hands again.

Feb 14, 2015 11:56 AM

The darn fog...don't think a dr can understand it without experiencing it. So so annoying and really a huge deal. It affects every aspect of my life. When I floss, sometimes I forget if I have flossed the other side of my mouth, did I shampoo or condition my hair or both..... ? Is your short term memory bad also along with the fog?

Feb 14, 2015 5:24 PM

I totally get the did I shampoo or condition my hair problem. I go through a lot because when I can't remember I start over just in case I didn't do it. I'm also really bad at forgetting where I set down my water bottle or tea cup. I always get part way to work and then wonder if I closed the garage door.
If there is more than one conversation going on in a room I can't focus on any of them, I have to try really hard to understand what the person who is talking to me is saying.
At work I get a request to restart computer # whatever and by the time I get to the computer that remotely controls that system I've forgotten what one I was supposed to restart, luckily my coworkers are ok with it when I call them back asking what was it I was supposed to do again. Post-it notes are my best friend at work, I just lose them at home.

Feb 14, 2015 5:29 PM

And I have that did I flush moment more often than I'd like to admit. :(

Feb 14, 2015 9:43 PM

Very very frustrating. I have to really not try to multi task as I get caught up with one thing and forget to finish the other thing. This can be dangerous with the kitchen. Oh boy! I try to use a timer every time I turn on the stove or oven.

Feb 15, 2015 8:46 AM

Yep, I prep the coffee maker and then forget to turn it on. Or I put the spoon in hubby's coffee, stir and take it to him just to find out I forgot the sugar. And all that in one week. It makes for funny stories but it's really aggrevating. I too live with sticky notes, to do lists and I'm finding I have increasing problems with prioritizing. A death sentence in my job if I can't figure out a way to cope with it.

Feb 15, 2015 12:51 PM

I forgot to wear shoes when getting my family out the door for a hike. Didn't realize it til we were almost there.

Feb 15, 2015 3:17 PM

Aliya, that's pretty funny one time a very long time ago when my kids were little we went out to eat and when we were getting out of the car I looked down and saw my very fuzzy furry purple slippers lol. I couldn't disappointed the kids so we went out anyway!

Feb 15, 2015 6:14 PM

Fibro-fog is worse than the hurting sometimes. Its embarrassing when I get lost on a destination, or even mid sentence. I use to be one of the most focused, multi tasking, organized people...not anyone. I can't complete one task before I'm suddenly thrown in the midst of several more, and by the end of the day nothing was accomplished. At least if I'm in real bad pain, I can sit or lie still & understand why nothing was done! Lol

Feb 16, 2015 12:56 PM

What's the "theory" behind fibro fog? What I understand is that our brains are constantly sending signals or getting signals from our bodies that we are in pain, so it's on overload and losses consentration in other areas??

Feb 16, 2015 2:44 PM

Jesswoo, I think you're right on that.

Feb 16, 2015 8:11 PM

Trying to prepare our taxes today was a huge challenge. I broke down at one point because just last year it was not a big deal. One year later I feel like a basket case. I cannot even think about if my fibro fog gets any worse than it is now. It is so embarrassing. I feel like a complete idiot. My memory was never that great, but now.....yikes!

Feb 16, 2015 8:41 PM

Don't feel like an idiot because you're certainly not. I used to always do my taxes the minute the W2 was available. And now I'm dreading to get started. Maybe next weekend...

Feb 16, 2015 8:53 PM

I'm with you... I filed an extension last year and I kinda feel like it may be the same this year.

Feb 16, 2015 9:01 PM

Doing taxes yesterday left me exhausted and with a deep headache. That much focus is really a challenge.

Feb 17, 2015 12:30 AM

I totally understand where you are all coming from! That is why I now pay a professional to do my taxes... One small outing that kicks my butt, but then I go home and rest and don't have to worry about it anymore. It is well worth the expense and energy to me!

Feb 17, 2015 5:56 AM

We used to pay to have them done when we had to do self employment stuff. But 2014 is our first year with only w-2s and one state. Simple dimple. Still mentally exhausting even with turbotax.

Feb 17, 2015 7:28 AM

Like everyone above the foggy head drives me nuts. I work for myself (thankfully) so can work when I can, but doing complex spreadsheets and accounts are the worst. I would be able to multi-task previously, deal with many spreadsheets at the same time. Now I can forget how to tie my shoelaces on a bad day so can't even begin to work effectively. It's so frustrating.

Feb 17, 2015 9:16 PM

Yeah, I went to a dentist appointment an hour early today (who does that, right?) for no other reason than forgetting that I'm in CT and not ET like the peeps I had just had a meeting with! Total duh moment. And even better, when the girl at the doctor said I was a bit early, it took another twenty minutes until reality set in when I wondered why the time on my phone was off by an hour! Now that I'm typing this, it's kinda funny. But I was so mad because I had just lost an hour of work time for no good reason.

Feb 18, 2015 4:18 AM

Iathompson. That sounds like something I would do! That and I'm sure that one of these days in just going to show up at the right time but wrong office.

Feb 18, 2015 8:57 AM

As I was reading your dentist story and relating, iathompson, I realized that I needed to make a note that I needed to buy sticky notes. Ah the foggy brain....

Feb 18, 2015 7:25 PM

Darn fibro fog! I hope I don't have a damaged Fitbit Zip, which I use to track my daily in-house walking. I just realized it wasn't in my bathrobe pocket. While searching for it I thought, Omg, I left it on my jeans pocket... They were cycling inside the dryer! It had already been through the washer and when I pulled it out of the dryer, it was working. Just thought you'd enjoy the laugh as well as knowing how well built this little gizmo is!

Feb 18, 2015 8:49 PM

I hate the fibrofog hitting while I'm in mid convo. This happens on a daily bases and is realy bad when I work since I work full time at a call center.

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