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Foggy brain age or health conditions??

Sep 20, 2016 1:28 AM

So I was 36 when I saw the Vetran's hospital rheumatologist(I don't work so it's my insurance) I said to her, "I'm having memory issues, I went to a store that I've been to a couple times and couldn't remember how to get home" (I also gave her other stores of my foggy brain not so serious ones)she said its your age. I was thinking about it I did research & fibromyalgia, PCOS & hypothyroidism can cause foggy brain. Now I'm 40 and it's getting really bad. My husband said it's getting bad too!!! Does anyone else have this or is it just my age?!?

Sep 20, 2016 12:11 PM

I have Fibro fog due to my fibromyalgia. It is difficult for me to concentrate for extended periods and i often can't retain information.

The other day I was driving and completely forgot where I was going or how I had to to where I was.

I think if you suspect it is linked to a medical condition you should get a second and third opinion. You cannot accept one doctor's diagnosis.

I was mis diagnosed for a couple of years with depression when it was actually just one of the side effects of fibromyalgia.

Good luck and I hope you get some answers🌸

Sep 20, 2016 12:17 PM

It's your age is a bullshit answer from a doctor who is lazy and doesn't care.
If it was age then everyone would have that problem when they reach that age. I know people in their mid 90's that don't have any memory issues. And here i am at almost 30 and i can't remember what was said to me 5 minutes ago.
Please try to get a second opinion

Sep 21, 2016 12:14 PM

@gotobef thank you for your words of advice. Unfortunately can't see a different Dr. at this point. No insurance. I use the VA. I'm just glad I'm not losing my mind by losing my memory. My PCP believes me so it at least gets put into my file. Cheers to post its & alarms for taking medication!!!😜😜😜

Sep 21, 2016 5:27 PM

Mzladybug, fibro fog is very hard to deal with, some days worse than others. Mine started in 2008 and my PCP fought me until a neurologist actually dx dementia and memory loss in 2014. They also found changes in my right frontal lobe that was not present a year earlier. The PCP kept telling me and my hubby it was normal due to my age. Hogwash! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΈ

Sep 22, 2016 3:43 AM

FlappysLady81 that's horrible dementia is a horrible disease and I hope they find a way to help you.
If you use Facebook you should friend Cristina Ferrare (ex-hostesses of home & family) her & her friend do a live Facebook feed every Friday morning. They're working to end Alzheimer's.
Thanks for the encouragement!

Sep 22, 2016 3:48 AM

Bravesnow. I totally get where you're coming from. I bet that experience was so scary. Not knowing where you are.
I don't retain information at all! Seriously I have post its all over to remind me. I even have an alarm on my phones to remind me to take meds. But I also have a note on my meds saying if I took AM meds & pm meds.
Hope you find answers.
Best of luck to you too!

Sep 22, 2016 2:53 PM

Mzladybug it's not your age!!! I'm 51 years old and I have a lot of trouble remembering things on some days. I forget the simplest things. I'll flush, wash my hands and then have to go back and check if I flushed because I didn't remember. I've been doing stuff like that for years.. I've been in pain for 23 years and it's gotten bad over time but it is what it is. Don't let the fog get you down.. Sometimes I laugh at the stupid shit I do because of it. I once put crackers in the fridge and the jelly in the cabinet where the crackers came from.. LOL!! I always look for my glasses and realize they're on my face.. Don't sweat it, hon.. It's all good. {{{Hugs}}}πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Sep 22, 2016 4:45 PM

At 36? Really? A doctor thought it was age? Sigh.

The Fibro Fog is the reason I had to give up my job as a home health nurse. When I started forgetting how to get to the homes of my patients it scared me. I didn't trust myself to set up or give medications and care. The hardest thing I ever had to do was give up a carreer I loved.

Am so sorry you are dealing with this. Several years ago I put together a book of people's stories who were living with Fibromyalgia. The one most common thing they stated was the fog was the hardest thing for them in dealing with their Fibromyalgia. It affected people of all ages..it was no respecter of person. :(

Sep 22, 2016 5:16 PM

Mzladybug, I don't do FB anymore, not since my email got attacked with trash mail and even though I complained it kept coming. I wasn't even too sure about joining this community and other apps at first, but so far so good. And besides, my family (kids, neices, nephews mostly) had way too much drama going on FB, causing me stress... I'm better to be oblivious! Lol. I'm not into putting all your biz online for everyone to see. I forgot to mention my fibro fog caused me to forget how to do my job, get lost, forget appts, etc. It is real. Then I got the dementia dx; my dad has Alzheimer's and so did his mom.

Sep 23, 2016 12:57 AM

Mimikay I have thyroid issues too so I've researched and both fibromyalgia and thyroid issues can cause fog and it gets worse everyday.
I cried today. I accused my husband of not telling me we were having people over before a funeral we're attending tomorrow. He was so forgiving. I still feel bad about it.
I can't remember if I took my medication 5 minutes after I'm done. I now log it and have a reminder app. I am going to win this battle!!!

Sep 23, 2016 1:05 AM

FlappysLady81 I completely understand why your not on FB! I'm close at heart with a lot of my family but far in distance. I have 52 first cousins on my dad's side only. They all have kids too(and some of them have kids) it's huge! We do really good about no drama so that's awesome. I also have A LOT of Navy buddies I stay in touch w/! I'll have to see if her program is some place else u can watch the recipes they share are suppose to be good for Alzheimer.

Sep 23, 2016 1:38 AM

Yes Im 32 and feel senile at times hubby also worried

Sep 23, 2016 10:52 PM

You poor thing MyscticMum. I'm 40 & can't believe it's happening more & more. Yesterday I left water boiling so long it burned. 😭😭😭

Sep 23, 2016 11:10 PM

Mzladybug -
Am.so sorry I am.just seeing your post to me. I am still trying to figure out how to navigate the site. :)
I am 56 (I think...lol) have had the fibro for forever. I remember as a teen trying to be in the marching band - what a nightmare! Forgetting formations was not good.. (grin) for several years the fog let up. I have found that it's worse if I push myself. Also if I am not drinking enough, or stressed etc. Am forever writing notes. I full out weekly pull dispensers. The pharmacy I use gives those away. The ones they give away come in several different colors so I put morning pills in blue, afternoon in pink, dinner in the blue green and bedtime is purple. It helps that I can take my meds at each meal and bedtime instead of crazy hours.

Something a good friend shared many years ago was "I may have Fibromyalgia but it will never have me."

I think you are going to win this battle too. πŸ˜€

Sep 23, 2016 11:20 PM

Thanks Mimikay I use the app pill reminder. I have a note that says AM meds taken Pm taken. It's so sad!!! Thanks for the words of encouragement.

Sep 23, 2016 11:23 PM

it will also tell you when meds need refills and appointments.

Sep 24, 2016 8:50 AM

That sounds like a useful app. :) I may need to check into that. Thanks!

Sep 24, 2016 9:20 PM

I use an app called dosecast to help me keep my meds straight. Before it I messed up a lot.

Sep 24, 2016 11:23 PM

Mzladybug, the answer to your question about getting through this is ABSOLUTELY!!! We're all here to get through this journey together. That's why I come here so that I can reach out my hand for those who need to grab on and get lifted up. If I can make someone smile or make their day a little better, then I feel better and also feel like I have purpose in this new (well, not so new) life of pain where I was beginning to feel like I had none. It's a great community of people to relate to and we all get it because we live it. There's no having to justify ourselves here, it is what it is. I just try to stay positive and when I have a bad day, I vent here and get a boost when I need it. We're strong people.. if we weren't, we wouldn't have made it this far.. nothing can keep you down if you don't let it. I know that we've all got this and together we'll keep getting through one step at a time. {{{Hugs}}}πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

Sep 25, 2016 2:01 AM

I don't know if it's something your doctor would go for, but my brain fog was really debilitating so mine put me on vyvanse. It's been really helpful for me.

Sep 25, 2016 2:08 AM

Being a man it's was very hard to get the diagnosis of fibromyalgia because most docs see it as a woman's condition. Took years until i found an expert in fibro. Anyways. My fibro fog has pretty much wiped out alot of long term memories and makes my short term memories an adventure. Most the docs will blame it on my meds or lack of sleep but as most of us here know, we are the only ones that truly know our own bodies

Sep 25, 2016 9:23 AM

Over the years I have found many men such as yourself..I think more men have it than we realize. I haven't looked it up.lately but I remember reading articles that were comparing Gulf War Syndrome to Fibromyalgia. Some believed it was the same thing. Yesterday I was looking for forums that were for caregivers and the one I found had several women whose husbands were living with this.

Am so glad you are here. The one thing we all have is chronic pain. It helps having others who understand.

Sep 25, 2016 11:25 AM

Happytoseethesunrie I'm so sorry you struggle w/ getting a diagnosed. Sorry about you fibro fog. I can totally relate there.

Sep 29, 2016 1:17 PM

thank you all for your kind words & support!

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