Having trouble with words

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mellow, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. mellow

    mellow New Member

    Does anyone have problems when speaking and find they are having trouble finding the right word or saying a word that isn't a word e.g. cleaming instead of cleaning. I did this today and as soon as I said it I knew it was wrong but don't know where it came from! I am doing this a lot and have been doing it for quite a while. It may not happen every day but I feel so stupid when it does. Has this happened to anyone else?
  2. barbarann

    barbarann New Member

    I know exactly what you mean! Like your brain is going to fast to get the words out correctly. I have learned to talk slower and that helps. I also stutter a lot in the mornings. Some times I know a word to explain something and It just won't come out. I guess this is part of fiber fog. New to this. Barbarann
  3. wings1

    wings1 New Member

    Hello--I think I do this because of the lack of sleep. The other day I called my dear husband my ex-husband's(from along time ago)first name. And someone asked me my last name and, yep-you guessed it, I said my first married name. I told my dr. because it really did bother me at the time. I cried and then we had a good laugh. Fibro fog.Thank God my dear husband understands that part of this dd.We are stumbling through this learning process. God Bless Wings1

    Hey-I can speak two languages English and Fibro Fog!
  4. camelgirl

    camelgirl New Member

    sometimes i feel like i'm slowly losing my brain...i actually stutter or can't speak at all for seconds at a time...fun stuff huh?... sorry there's others out there, but i'm sort of glad i'm not the only one who looks silly sometimes..LOL:)
    peace, hugs, god bless, camelgirl
  5. allie124

    allie124 New Member

    I always amaze myself when I can't think of the simplest words during a conversation anymore. I will even stop and say something to describe the word I'm trying to use-what the word means, or if it is an object, how it is used. For example if I were trying to say the word "knife" but couldn't think of it, I'd say "you know that thing you use to cut with" I know I must sound silly, but thankfully my husband gets it by now.
  6. 2girls

    2girls New Member

    Not being able to find or pronounce a very simple word is extremely frustrating. The fog has been worse than ever for me lately. Only those of us experiencing this and those very close to us understand. I feel silly when I have to converse with people who do not know me. I am a fairly educated person yet at times do not feel like it. I am having difficulty describing things, naming things, spelling, even reading. Forget remembering things! Long term memory is much better than short term.
    Th most frusrating/difficult situation is speaking with my doctor. He is not an FM specialist and I'm not sure he takes me very seriously because of it.
    Oh - dyslexia also (seems to be a problem I never had before).

  7. TerriM

    TerriM New Member

    I do this as well. Plus when I am having "brain fog" I constantly forget why I've gone into a room and forget what I'm talking about in the middle of a sentence . . . before I got sick this happened very rarely like it does to everyone. It was frustrating even then . . . I try to explain it to people and say "you know when this happens? . . . then try doing it constantly all day long!". My friend has fibro (I have CFS) and she says she actually looks at words and reads something totally different than what it says . . . I haven't actually ever done that and wonder why that is happening.

    Also, when I am having brain fog I feel like I can focus in on things (like the computer screen), but I can't comprehend a lot of sensory input . . . is it like this for everyone?? Thanks! Terri
  8. dolphinmk

    dolphinmk New Member

    I started having trouble with words about 8-9 months ago. Some days it is worse than others. It is so frustrating not being able to say the word you know is in your brain somewhere!! I have started pointing or just saying you know the word I'm looking for?

    It is not so bad if you are home, but if you are talking to someone that doesn't know you that well then i do feel stupid and don't want to talk so much

    I also loose my train of thought in mid sentence and don't even remember what the conversation was about that I was talking about. This happens alot when I am on the phone with my mom, good thing that we are soo close and she has always been able to read my mind and finish my sentences, it makes it easier to find where i was. She is also very pacient even tho we are talking long distance.

    I guess we just have to live with it, i don't think it is going away.

    best wishes
  9. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    That's probably my most frustrating "fog" problem, also I type like a dyslexic now (I'm constantly correcting my letter reversals) plus following written directions with more than about 3 steps----nearly impossible now!

  10. simple

    simple New Member

    Wrong words come out of my mouth although I know that's not what want to say.. sometimes the words aren't real words.. almost like I'm slurring. It feels like I speak like this because I'm too tired mentally to make the effort to properly enunciate the words
  11. sssupermom

    sssupermom New Member

    I am feeling the worse today, does this eventually go away or get better? I even feel confused and stressed for no reason at all. question, how do you all read all the wonderful information that is supplied in this webssite and actually understand it with this brain fog?
  12. LauraLea

    LauraLea New Member

    LOL, Time.... Yep a lot of times I am trying to come up with a word and I know that I know the word but it wouldn't come to me. I've done this so many times when I was facilitating a meeting it was so fustrating..

    It happens all the time. You are not alone.
  13. Achy-shaky

    Achy-shaky New Member

    I'm with you Terrim...can't read or write if the TV is on...the comprehension goes out the window. I may have to give in and have my taxes done this year after years of doing them myself because I just can't focus on all those darned forms!!

    Not only do I say and write words wrong, I also hear words wrong! The words may be similar in sound but my brain hears them differently so I have ask people to repeat what they said. Sometimes I don't even hear people talking because I'm in such a fog. All I do is say "Pardon me but my meds are giving me brain fog" - they usually are sympathetic. It used to bother me more but have learned to laugh at it. I've found too that if I feel myself getting frustrated I know it's a sign to slow down, take a few deep breaths and take a braek.

    Klonopin in small doses helps clear my head for a while but if I take too much I get sleepy or (more) depressed so you need to experiment. Other than that I don't know any thing that helps except maybe better sleep!!

    Wishes to you for a fogfree day...

  14. Kay2

    Kay2 New Member

    I sometimes think maybe this is why I hate carrying on a conversation. I mean its like when I read what I write back to people on here even, it just isn't how I ment it. And forget the spelling. My brain is foggier then the fog that was out side a couple nights ago!! Last Thursday, we were going to my daughters for dinner and I told my hubby, that I was going to freshen up my make up --- well got a big shock, -- I never put on any that morning after I showered, and dried my hair. He was probably ready to commit me. Needless to say, that when I was telling my daughter and her mother in law, I was hysterical. lol
  15. mellow

    mellow New Member

    Thanks everyone for replying. I feel better now I know I am not the only one. Guess it's a matter of thinking more before I speak - perhaps that's not a good idea either! Sometimes my thinking isn't too spot on either! Luv Mellow
  16. kerrymygirl

    kerrymygirl New Member

    I could not even finish a complete sentence many days until I took neurontin all my friends could tell the difference. Still not the cure but is atleast better. This was the one thing pts. complained to me the most the frustration of one time being so sharp and now this. One day I was speaking to my fm friend and I said I just made no sense, she said I know but the scary part is I understand you. Guess her brain was on my same wave length that day,lol.. Just laugh at yourself it really does help.
  17. KAZZE

    KAZZE New Member

    I don't like talking on the phone unless it is someone I know, and I find myself babbling like an idiot during long conversations. It is almost as if the conversation has gone on to long and my brain has overtired!
    I am constantly "losing" words and I can no longer concentrate on more than 1 thing at a time

  18. KarenL47520

    KarenL47520 New Member

    someone something, trying to participate in a conversation with someone......... I feel like my whole brain is drying up. I get so dam mad, I feel like this is stealing away more of myself all the time. And typing is so difficult for me anymore. When I go to make a post here or on another board, I have to proof read it several times and then have had to go back after it has been posted and make changes. I keep an electronic dictionary on my desk to check the spelling of words. One day I was working and I could not remember how to spell finger. I remember thinking what the hell is wrong wiht me!!! I am a person of words, I am a medical transcriptionist, my job depends on my typing skills and my medical knowledge. No wonder my performance ratings have been up one month and down the next. I will be trying to tell John something, maybe something cute one of the ferrets did that day and when it comes to remembering the name of the ferret who I am talking about, I can't get the name out. It is so frustrating and it seems the harder I try, the worse it gets, posssibly because of my level of frustration at that moment. How much more will this DD rob from me??
  19. KarenL47520

    KarenL47520 New Member

    reading something in the newspaper last night and all of a sudden I realized I could not remember what I was reading about. Or I will be reading something and it is like it is so far over my head I can't begin to understand it.

    Since I have been off work from my neck surgery, on days I feel pretty good, I have been trying to make use of my time by going back into the system and pulling off recent reports and making macros out of them. I do all surgical reports and the surgeons tend to say the same thing over and over again for procedures. Say it is a simple hip fracture that is fixed in surgery and is dictated by Dr. XXX. I will save a copy of that, remove all the patient information and make the reeport into a macro that with just a few key strokes I can insert the whole document into a report. Then as the doctor is dictating, I just read along and change a word or 2 here and there as needed.

    I am finding these reports more and more difficult for me to understand. Terms I know I knew how to spell, I can't remember how to spell and have to look them up. Thank GOD for spellcheck, some of the typos I make........ I have been doing this work for about 3 years on a full-time basis. I have done everything from simple C-sections to organ transplants. What is happening to my brain?? Why can't I remember, why can't I understand and cmprehend things I know that I used to know?? This is so frustrating.