Fibromyalsia and Brain Fog

In my family we all joking say that we have CRS  (Can’t Remember Shit) when we forget something. I don’t know who began this little tradition but its one I have humorously enjoyed for years.

Enter brain fog ~ if I don’t write it down I won’t remember. Even then there’s a good chance I’ll lose the paper.

Thank you, God for the ability to laugh at myself!! It has been a saving grace.
I now keep two calendars, one for my desk and one in my purse. I have notebooks in every room and my purse to jot down ideas, lists and things I need to work on or remember.

According to a 2015 review in Rheumatology International, some patients report that the loss of mental clarity can be even more devastating than the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia.

Fibro fog can manifest itself in different ways in different people but some of the most common symptoms include:

~ short-term memory loss

~ misplacing objects

~ becoming easily distracted

~ forgetting plans

~ difficulty carrying on conversations

~ inability to remember new information

A 2015 study in Arthritis Care and Research found that fibro fog is a real issue. In a study of 60 individuals – 30 with fibromyalgia and 30 without fibromyalgia – researchers found various impairments of attention and memory in fibromyalgia patients when compared with healthy controls. What remains unclear is what is causing the cognitive challenge.

I hope this helps! Love and hugs ~ Shellie