Memory Problems

Many individuals with fibromyalgia experience cognitive problems. Trying to remember a name, putting the wrong word in a sentence, forgetting what your boss just told you to do five minutes ago, misplacing things, an inability to concentrate on reading, or studying are common complaints by many FM patients.

Sometimes these problems in cognitive functioning are referred to as "fibro-fog." When fibromyalgia symptoms are flared, often memory and concentration problems will also be more severe. It is not fully understood why this occurs because the brain's processing system is very complex. It is known; however, that poor sleep quality exacerbates cognitive problems. As you get better from a flare, difficulties with memory and concentration should improve.
If cognitive problems are really extreme, sufferers should discuss these symptoms with their GP
Tips for coping with memory problems:


Use a desk calendar large enough to write in the activities you need to do each day. Check it every day.
Make a list of important phone numbers for each phone in your house. Tape it to the wall or inside your cabinet so it doesn't "walk away," preferably right next to the phone.
Keep a pad of paper next to your favourite chair with a pen to jot down notes to yourself.
Buy a pocket recording message tape player that you can speak into and leave audio messages to yourself. Don't forget where you keep it!
Talk to your doctor about your memory problems. He or she can determine if you need medication and/or if depression is contributing to your memory problems.
Consider seeing an occupational therapist. These health professionals will often suggest excellent memory compensation techniques to use until your memory and concentration improve.
Exercise your mind. The more you do to use your mind; you may find your memory problems decrease. Do crossword puzzles; try to read interesting articles or books.
Try to avoid taking oral directions when travelling by car. Keep a notepad handy on which to write directions and any other important information you need to remember.
Speak to your family about your memory problems. It will save you some worry!
Don't feel bad when you ask someone to repeat something they just said. Tell them you have CRS (Can't Remember Stuff)!

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If your memory is interfering significantly with work you may need to talk to your supervisor or someone in the Human Resources Department. Explain the specific difficulties that you're having. With your memory and ability to concentrate. Often it's better to get things out in the open. Allow yourself more time for projects at work or make the decision to do some extra work at home.
Avoid stressful situations when you can. They often make memory problems worse.
Leave tasks that require concentrated effort for those times of the day and/or week when you feel better.
Divide tasks into smaller portions. Do a little at a time and they will seem more manageable.
Keep lists! Try to keep your lists in a planner or at a specific spot in your house. For example, on a desk or table in the kitchen or another room you frequently inhabit, such as the family room. Some individuals find that Post-It notes are helpful.

You need to train yourself to follow a routine with easily misplaced items. Strive for consistency. Once you have trained yourself, it will become automatic for you. Plus it will save you a lot of time and frustration. If you misplace something, you will ultimately find it. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Simply recognise that this is part of fibromyalgia.

Being generally forgetful is part of fibromyalgia. Some people can do well with memory tricks such as trying to associate a person’s name or an object with a familiar object or something important. Writing things down forces you to focus on things you want to remember. You should give yourself “permission” to forget. Experiment to find out what your best memory technique is and use it. Fibromyalgia will certainly give you many opportunities to do this.
You can train yourself to stop and review what you have to do and where you have to go before leaving the house. That way you sometimes can remember anything you might have forgotten.
Try to go through files, drawers, and wardrobes regularly to get rid of unneeded clutter that just frustrates you, with the goal of keeping everything simple and pared down to essentials.

At times you may need to decrease your sensory input (noise, lights, and interruptions) and give your body/mind a chance to restore communication links. Sometimes decreasing sensory input helps. That’s one of the reasons we often need to turn off the radio in the car. It’s easier to concentrate on our driving with fewer distractions.