The Fog of Fibromyalgia



Sounds fun doesn’t it? This is a symptom that accompanies Fibromyalgia Syndrome. These episodes of fog may or may not occur with a fibro flare. If you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you most likely will periodically experience fibro fog. I have my theory as to why we experience these fogs, but it is only a theory. Chemical imbalance? Dopamine receptors malfunctioning? Too many stimuli? Too much pain… whatever the case, check out time! You find yourself in a fog. It is frustrating because you are aware you are experiencing cognitive difficulties! A fibro fog does not increase the ever-present fibromyalgia pain, but it does make managing your pain more difficult.

You search for words, your search for familiar tasks, you search your memory, in and of itself! Many people think you are drunk or on some serious illegal drugs. Walking can become a challenge, dressing looks like a clown show, trying to complete a task or follow a schedule is almost impossible. Retaining any information is a joke and attempting to remember information is not achievable in this state of fibro fog. I can watch a movie while I am experiencing fibro fog and honestly not remember one single thing that happened. I do not remember I even watched the movie!

I really believe once everything gets to be “too” much; pain, stress, lights, smells, etc. Your brain simply goes into fog to attempt to alleviate the overwhelmed state you are in. I would go so far as to say fibro fog can be a fibromyalgia sufferer’s best friend but the scrutiny of those around you can make it a wicked, whiplash situation.

“Have you been drinking?”

“What are you on?”

“Do you remember what you said to me?”

“What the hell is wrong with you?”

Fibro fog. Fibro fog. Fibro fog.

Trying to be social while experiencing a fog is not advisable. Going out in public should be avoided. Never drive! Don’t call, don’t text, don’t write, unless you like a wicked whiplash coming at you once the fog has cleared. The fog will pass! The repercussions may not.

Protect yourself when you are having cognitive difficulties. Get through the episode and then move on. If during the fog you crossed paths with someone who doesn’t understand the state you were in, let it go. It’s not like you could explain it to them while you were experiencing the fog, your words have left you. They will either believe you or they won’t.

I have a little card I printed out, and I keep it next to my phone for just such uncomfortable occasions. I’m still experiencing some backlash because I did not know how to explain my fibro fog episodes. In the beginning, I did not even know what they were? Now I am prepared, and I want you to be prepared as well. Prepare!






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  1. With Meniere’s we have “brain fog”, sounds like the same thing.
    I too think it’s because it gets to the point where it’s just too much. It always happens to me after a vertigo attack. Sometimes out of the blue, but I bet my body didn’t think so.
    As always a good post.

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    1. Sorry to hear this, it is very frustrating for myself and my husband too. I tell him when I am having a fog day and he has come to accept it. Husbands are fixers and there is no fixing this. I try hard to remember he just wants to help so I have to watch myself, my ‘tone’ (haha) when dealing with him and remind myself this too will pass… but will return, and I will make it through the fog episode again. ~Kim

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  2. I have never seen this described better anywhere before.
    I’ve booked to go to the cinema with my daughter to see beauty and the beast, then asked her a week later if she’d like to go while looking up times and she’s replied,’but mum we’ve been?!
    And so much more. I don’t drive anymore because it’s too risky. Plus I may know where I want to go but how to get there!? Not a chance!
    I’ve directed people giving me lifts home in the past to my previous address!
    Love to all those who know this all too well x

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    1. Yes, Deb, this happens to us with fog. You are certainly not alone. It sounds as if you have taken the precaution of not driving. Remember this is a cognitive deficiency not a typical slip of the memory. Use note on your phone, write thing, just daily highlights in a journal… anything that helps you to feel better in control. Thank you for visiting and commenting.


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