Most people have heard about Fibromyalgia. But not many know of the added side effects. Fibro fog is a big one!
Fibro Fog 101
Fog can actually consist of multiple symptoms. Most of them mimicking everyday fatigue. Which at times, can make it more difficult to pinpoint. In other words, if you don’t understand what Fibro fog is, it can easily be mistaken for other issues.
Being Able To Maintain
For me, I find myself fighting to maintain a baseline of normalcy. But some of the symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- short term memory loss.
- misplacing objects.
- becoming easily distracted.
- forgetting plans.
- difficulty carrying on conversations.
- inability to remember new information.
It will make you feel like you are losing your mind. But I promise you, you are not. It can make it hard on someone who is trying to say be a parent. I know for myself, I have to limit how much interaction I have with my boys right after school and right when I get off from work. Especially if either of us had a stressful day.
Stress Makes It Worse!
A lot of people do not understand the fact of stress is BAD! But for those of us who suffer from Fibromyalgia, it could mean the difference of a fantastic day or a day you wish you could just bury your head in the sand.
Stress can make a mild day into a full-blown fibro flare-up. It has been known to intensify everything. So the tiniest headache can turn into a full-blown migraine. Or my favorite, the mild discomfort of the back that ends up turning you into a ball of goo because you can not move without wanting to cry.
There are plenty of ways to help alleviate the symptoms.
Ways To Alleviate
Whether it is Fibro fog you are fighting or just feeling burned out, relaxing is one of the best ways to subside any stress and flare-ups.
The first suggestion is to avoid caffeine. I know it can be hard, but the caffeine is even harder on us. If you are not able to give it up completely, work on cutting down your intake.
Next thing would be to use a planner of some sort. Writing things down or putting them into a voice memo always helps to keep things on track. And what goes along with that is multitasking.
I know it might sound crazy, but if you are in a fog, attempting to multitask could very easily be your downfall. “But I’m a parent, I have to!” Honestly, you don’t have to multitask. It is okay to take it slow. Just as long as you don’t stop moving forward.
Friend Or Enemy?
Although Fibromyalgia is not what people would call a friend, it really is not an enemy either. As long as you are taking care of yourself, you shouldn’t have too many issues.
But for those of you who are not even sure where to begin, maybe look over my article on Fibromyalgia and see if it helps you any.
For those of us in the beginning of all of this, it can be very scary. But believe me, you are not alone. If you want to reach out, feel free to use the contact page, or drop a comment below.