My frustration with "Fibro Fog" pushed me to draw on my experience as a registered nurse and a dementia specialist. I never imagined I'd be implementing the strategies I had learned from studying memory into my own life. Happy to say I was able to formulate ways to overcome Fibro Fog. Here are tips and easy techniques you can start using today to help improve your memory and concentration.
As you implement these strategies, remember to be patient with yourself. You can fight Fibro Fog and gain better control over your life again.
WHAT IS FIBRO FOG?
It's important to understand that fibromyalgia is not just a condition of chronic pain and fatigue. There are brain effects that seem to go along with this syndrome, although doctors don’t know exactly how the brain and the pain of fibromyalgia are interrelated.
Many people who have fibromyalgia also experience a brain fog, known within the fibromyalgia community as “Fibro Fog,” a set of cognitive problems that plague people living with fibromyalgia. It includes poor memory, a diminished sense of concentration, and a lessened ability to focus on any tasks.
Exactly what causes fibro fog is unclear. Not everyone experiences fibro fog when they have fibromyalgia, but it can be very debilitating for those that do. Those who have jobs that require concentration often suffer from decreased productivity. For some, it means having to leave a good position because their brain does not function efficiently enough to keep up with the cognitive portion of the job.
When suffering from fibro fog, you may feel helpless and inefficient. It can lead to depressive symptoms because you know you are not living up to your potential.
Fortunately, there are things you can do that will help you counteract this phenomenon.
Memory is not something that you can see. You know it’s there inside of your brain. The important thing is that there is a place where you can store and retrieve information whenever you need it.
It’s been said that there are three areas where memory can be stored in the brain. There is the sensory area, the short-term memory, and the long-term memory. We don’t have to hold on to everything that is stored in our brain. There is a section that acts as a protector so that you aren’t bombarded with information overload.
There is not much capacity in your short-term memory. However, if you divide the information into chunks, it could stay in your memory a little longer than usual. You can also repeat the information to keep the short-term memory going.
The information to get to the long-term memory bank will go through the sensory and short-term memory first.
Crucial information goes to the long-term memory bank. If y