Does your brain fog and memory loss get worse under stress or is it consistent?
Stress is a killer, and I totally agree that everything fibromyalgia-wise gets worse with stress. It's taking me time, but I'm learning also to let go. I've had to let go of my unhealthy relationship with my adult son due to the stress of his constant criticism, and disrespect. The stressful part was trying to save it or hope that he would eventually change, but now that I'm at peace with it, it's taken a huge load off and I'm much better emotionally. It also helped me that by sharing my own awful experiences about him with others, I found that there are many women who have had to let go of expecting to have a relationship we all dreamed of or expected with their adult children, which helped me feel less ashamed, as if I didn't meet his needs raising him, which I knew wasn't true in my head, but had to learn to feel and accept it in my heart. Oh, and after divorcing my emotionally vacant husband of 33 yrs, I am dealing with just myself much better, although I do have to admit that taking care of myself is about all I can handle.
Try to keep a since of humor about life and things or things in nature will drive us crazy just on a natural level, now we are dealing with chronic pain all the time and are immune systems that ate lowering, we must find things purposely to make us laugh to make us healthy and feel better. I know its hard. And life ain't so funny, that's why its not so easy, but find a comedian you like once a week and vegg out on the couch and see how you start feeling. Find positive books that make you laugh. Take your multivitamin and go for a walk daily, take an hour and do what you want everyday for one hour. Journal. Don't let stress build up. Write it down it you can or tape it. If you worry about people reading it, write it, then ripe it up and throw it away, that what I used to to because of one of my ex's finding my journal. I help others better then I do myself, I've always been able to. Its very sound advice from living it and schooling. I have a BA in clinical psychology and an AA in social work.
Hello! I think I've already posted a comment on this thread but I have an update. My issues weren't just remembering names or words, or losing my car, but were also lapses of time. Initially I was told it may be hormones since heading into menopause. Then was told it was just my Fibro. Lastly, my speech began to be affected. I would slur, stutter & sometimes speak slowly. Next up was a referral to a Neurologist. Anyway, where I'm going with this is, I was told by the Neurologist that the lapses of memory, forgetting to put my car in park, turning my kitchen faucet on instead of my microwave, trying to turn my car off while driving instead of the turning the headlights on...all is a side effect of Fibro. Our bodies & our brains are on overload, probably due to pain, but to compensate, certain area of our brains shut down a bit to cope. This really helped me to understand. I hope this might help some of you.
Yes, brain fog is ever ongoing issue. I have chemo brain, fibro fog, and senior moments so some days are a total wipe out. I have done all of the obvious such as rest periods, quiet time with reading the Bible, supplements, exercise, etc. What I have discovered for myself is the a Keto form of eating. This past year I stopped all processed foods, sugars, etc. But in December--it was the month of holiday, functions, parties, with all kinds of delightful food. So off I went on a search of wonderful food. After 30 days I found my mind was not functioning, my pain had increased many times over, and fatigue was more than I could bear. So I am heading back to the Keto plan and praying that my mind and body return to how it was in the months prior to Dec. with better functioning and less pain. Never quit trying to find what works for you. We are all different and our bodies respond differently.
I have been working out for over a year now and due to the Covid-19 my husband and I have been doing Yoga, strength excerices and low impact weights watching YouTube. We started in February of 2020 and I would be so sore and exhausted from excercising I could barely get out of bed. We started at three times a week in the beginning and it was very hard to get motivated to workout even at three times a week. We did that for six months and I slowly began feeling better. Starting in November we started excercising every day but, we switched it up...one day Yoga for 10 minutes and the next day stretching for 10 minutes, the next day we would do low impact weights (mine are three pounds each) again for 10 minutes. However, if I felt tired or worn out I'd stop and take a break. Now, we are in the month of December and we have been doing the same routine but increasing the time to 15 or 20 minutes. Or, however much we feel we can do...and I am feeling so much better! I still am having brain fog, soreness, stiffness and the occasional migraine but I can get out of bed without my husband helping me! I can function again and I feel like a human being once more instead of the walking dead. I do have to state that, also last month, my doctor took me off of Xanax and increased my Fibromyalga medicine to twice a day, one in the morning and one before bedtime and I feel that has helped me also. I still have bad... 'I don't feel like doing anything' days but will always try to squeeze my workouts in. In case you would like to check the YouTube videos out that I follow I will list them. We switch between the Lumowell Workouts and More Life Health Seniors with Mike Kutcher. I am 62 and my husband is 66 but I feel that anyone just starting a excercise plan can benefit from these videos no matter what your age. I hope this helps someone in these trying times to be able to deal with the Covid-19 closings and their Fibromyalga. God Bless and take care everyone ❤️.