The Everyday Effects of Fibro Fog

Fibro fog is a real part of fibromyalgia. Although it’s unclear what causes it, it can cause you to forget words, forget tasks, become more prone to losing things, become distracted easily and struggle with conversation. It’s like a haze that descends in an instant.

My best friend and I joke about it. We can be sitting having a conversation and halfway through, totally forget what we were talking about. It’s as if your brain shuts down and just stops working. Vanished. Vamoose. Gone. We make up words, to other people’s amusement. Sometimes I think if people could hear our conversations we would be sectioned! I forget simple, everyday things and I can’t tell you how many times I misplace stuff.

I can be walking down the high street and see someone I know, yet I can feel the cogs in my brain turning, trying to remember their name and where I know them from. That in itself is hard work!

It sounds funny but I can say from personal experience that it isn’t. Especially when you have many meetings regarding your son’s schooling. Or medical appointments. Have you ever tried to hold a conversation when you literally can’t remember a thing? Or you can’t understand what is being said? I did well at school, yet my basic skills escape me. Usually at the most important times as well! (Hence why I have lists everywhere.)

So next time you’re having a conversation with someone who has fibro, please be patient, we are trying!

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.

Photo via Goldfinch4ever on Getty Images

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Fibromyalgia

A silhouette illustration of a woman with colorful flowers on her head and a butterfly on her hand.

Why I Won't Let Fibromyalgia Steal My Joy

Pushing myself daily to tolerate physical pain is nothing new. It doesn’t get easier with time like some things. In fact, it gets harder. My physician told me last year, “Stop coming in when your pain is bad – there’s nothing I can do for you. You are just going to have to get used [...]
A photo of the movie "Downsizing," with Matt Damon holding a large rose that is bigger than him.

What 'Downsizing' Got Right (and Wrong) About Pain

The Mighty’s editors are also a part of some of the communities we report on. Below, Crystal Hodges, our contributing editor, writes about chronic pain not as an editor but as a person with chronic pain. Author’s Note: The following is a discussion of the movie “Downsizing” and contains spoilers. Waste. Pollution. Overpopulation. Extinction. The [...]
Monochrome vector hand-drawn image, sad or depressed young woman. Black and white illustration of melancholic woman, face expressions.

When My Healthcare Team Turned Me Away From Treatment

Not too long ago, I was in a session with my disability counselor. We came to the decision that hydrotherapy would be a good way of easing my way back into activity after my fibromyalgia in a safe environment. I brought this up with my GP, and she warned me I may not be accepted [...]
woman in red sweater holding a mug

The Side Effects of Celebrating Christmas With Chronic Pain

So today is Boxing Day. Many people up and down the country will be getting up early and heading to the sales. Not me though. I woke up at 10 a.m. and put pineapple juice in my milk frother. That’s right, pineapple juice! Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love it so [...]