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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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??
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!