“Sometimes my brain won’t put the words in my mouth; there are times I can’t get my point across even saying very simple things.” Cheryl Stephenson; patient living with Fibromyalgia.
Do you suffer with what most people call Fibromyalgia brain fog? Or ‘fibro fog’? Some of the many symptoms of fibro fog are:
- Can’t find your car keys when you go to leave your house?
- Have you ever tried to explain something and couldn’t find the words?
- Put the milk in the pantry and the dry cereal in the refrigerator?
- Forget if you’ve taken your medication?
- Go for a doctor’s appointment on the wrong day or wrong time?
- Entered a room to get something and forgot why you walked in there?
- Overlooked an anniversary or birthday, like your own birthday?
- Go to introduce an old friend and couldn’t remember his/her name?
- Unable to balance you own check book, ever?
- Have problems functioning at work because your concentration just isn’t there?
- Do you feel like you’re crazy and losing it?
Brain fog is caused by physical symptoms, not psychological ones. This is an important fact to remember.
How do doctors treat Brain Fog to give you clarity? Doctors use therapies to treat individual needs and monitor your progress in response to those therapies.
Here are some of the treatments
1. You can have positive effects with thyroid supplements:
When you are living with hypothyroidism or thyroid resistance. In my case, I have hypothyroidism, but I also have a familial disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (also called autoimmune or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis) which is the most common thyroid disease in the United States. This condition is about 7 times more common in women than men, and affects approximately 14 million Americans. The results of a malfunction in the immune system can be from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. When working properly, the immune system is designed to protect the body against invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances. Someone with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis has an immune system that mistakingly recognizes normal thyroid cells as foreign tissue, thus producing antibodies that may destroy these cells. A plethora of environmental factors have been studied, but none have been proven positively for the cause of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. If you optimize other hormones, simultaneously this will help to resolve this issue.
2. Restful sleep is essential:
Doctors have a number of methods to help you to achieve restorative sleep. Since the age of 19, when I was diagnosed with FMS, restorative sleep is and was my ultimate goal in life; just to get a good night’s sleep so I could function the next day, but I usually slept like a cat with one eye open. I’ve never felt restored after waking up, I’ve always felt like I just went to bed.
3. Prescription medications:
Such as Provigil and Adderall may help to improve your focus as well as your concentration.
4. Nutritional supplements that help brain fog specifically:
These can be very helpful. To improve your concentration, what else can you do?
5. Get more sleep:
Try to keep a regular sleep routine. It’s very essential that you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Right before bedtime, limit your intake of caffeine and food. And never underestimate the power of a decent mattress. I purchased a “Ewe” mattress to place on top of my new mattress, and the softness truly helps getting comfortable and maintaining that restorative sleep I desire.
6. Stay active:
Keep your mind active with memory enhancers, such as network marketing for example, LOL, puzzles or games. It is very important to maintain a routine of moderate exercise to keep your body active. Your activity increases your energy. This helps clear up the brain fog.
7. Take notes:
In order to keep track of things, you need to write them down and keep a notebook. Do this to keep track of things you may forget.
8. Seek medical treatment:
You need to decide to get treatment for your Fibromyalgia. Please be true to yourself and get treatment for your condition. Fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain, depression, and lack of sleep make it much harder for you to concentrate and it can make the brain fog even worse. You definitely deserve the “normal” YOU back.
Don’t ever forget, you’re not suffering alone with fibro fog. Brain fog is not a psychological condition, even though many would beg to differ. Many physicians can help you reduce your brain fog, and can help and assist you.