How can I best deal with fibro fog?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Here's a hint: if you're looking for your reading glasses and finally find them in your sock drawer, right next to a bowl of ice cream, you may have fibro fog. Here are some of my favorite tips for dealing with fibro fog:
  • Write it down. Keep a pencil and pad of paper near your desk to write down reminders. You may write down phone numbers, important appointments, items needed from the store -- whatever you need to remember, write it down. Then transfer this information to the appropriate place, whether your smart phone's phone book, your calendar, or a grocery list, so you don't forget these later on.
  • Stay organized. Keep your car keys in the same place when you get home. Put your grocery list on your kitchen counter and don't move it. Stick several pairs of reading glasses in certain locations -- your bedside table, the den, your office -- so you know where they are all the time.
  • Stay focused. Eliminate distractions if you are paying your bills or working. Turn off the TV and radio. You're more likely to forget something if you are distracted.
  • Use a kitchen timer to remind you of time. This is really helpful if you need to leave for an appointment in 30 minutes. Just set the timer, and let it jolt you when it is time to leave.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Fibro fog (also called dyscognition) describes any cognitive problems with fibromyalgia that are linked to an inability to concentrate, problems with memory, difficulty staying on task or alert, and an inability to focus. Because fibro fog is quite common in many with fibromyalgia, it is important to talk openly with your doctor about this problem to see if it might be related to medications you are taking or to sleep issues. To deal with fibro fog, it is important to keep a paper and pen handy to organize your day, your shopping lists, and your long-term "to do" list. Knowing that fibro fog can cause problems managing a job or household, you should lean on your written list to jar your memory, stay focused on the tasks you need to do, and to keep important appointments.
Fibro fog is characterized by an inability to think clearly in patients with fibromyalgia.
Treatment strategies for fibromyalgia including medical, support, psychosocial, and nutritional supplements all will help fibro fog too.

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