Memory loss and disorientation are two of the most challenging symptoms of fibromyalgia. Suddenly not knowing where you are can lead to embarrassment or even panic. Here are 6 expert-recommended tips for preventing fibro fog…
We all sometimes forget grocery items or loved ones’ birthdays, but for people with fibromyalgia, memory lapses happen more frequently and can be more severe.
The chronic pain disorder triggers a sudden forgetfulness known as “fibro fog” or “brain fog.” It changes cognitive functioning and leads to memory loss or other thought-processing problems, says fibromyalgia expert Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of several books on fibromyalgia, including The Fatigue and Fibromylalgia Solution (Avery).
The cause of fibro fog isn’t known, but it’s linked to imbalances in the central nervous system, according to the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can also cause episodic disorientation – 30-90 seconds of not knowing where you are or where you’re going, says Dr. Teitelbaum. That happens in a third of women with fibromyalgia, often when they’re turning onto a freeway exit or shopping at the grocery store, he says.