I can’t find my keys and end up leaving my phone at home totally discombobulated. I get to the office, and I’m amazed I made it on time. The receptionist takes my name, looks and her computer, and gives me a funny look. She gets up and goes into an office and with the door partially open begins to whisper. The gentleman comes out with an overly enthusiastic “Hello,” but I sense something is wrong. I say, Am I here at the wrong time?” He says, “Well, your appointment was last Thursday.” I missed it by an entire week.
This is not the first time this has happened and I know it will not be the last. I live with chronic pain and all the issues that comes with it. One of the most complained about, is cognitive dysfunction. Primarily seen in people with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), cognitive dysfunction also goes by fibro-fog, brain fog, and brain fatigue. Pain can drive you crazy and brain fog can make you feel like you are already there.
When you are in pain day in and day out, it is hard to focus and concentrate. It is unlike regular fatigue, as your brain fills like it is hazy and full of cotton. You can have a loss of energy, exhaustion, and weakness. Decreased alertness, forgetfulness and confusion also associated with brain fog. Carrying on conversations, finding words, directional disorientation, and problems with numbers can also cause problems throughout your day. It can fluctuate from better to worse and back at any given moment, but will tend to be worse when your pain level is high.
No specific cause is known, but there are a lot of theories floating around. What is known are factors that seem to contribute to brain fog. Stress and disruptions in sleep are the two main culprits. So, what can you do to help yourself get through these hazy times? The following, are Ideas to help minimize brain fog.
- Get Enough Sleep/Rest When You Need To
- Get Regular Exercise/Yoga
- Deep Breathing
- Allow More Time to Complete Tasks/Budget Time/Plan
- Use a Planner
- Stay Organized
- Write Everything Down/Post Its
- Drink More Water
- Eat Healthy
- Ask for Help From Family and Friends
Although at times you may feel like you are going crazy, you are not. This is doable, and you can live a quality life full of happiness and fulfillment.
“Through suffering, comes wisdom. Through surrender, comes strength. Through resilience, comes hope. Keep Going.” Rita Said