How does FMS afect cognitive abilities

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by nldelaine, Jan 30, 2003.

  1. nldelaine

    nldelaine New Member


    I was just wondering how FMS affects cognitive abilities. I already have impairment due to a learning disorder that affects the right hemisphere of the brain, but I was wondering just how it ties in with FMS

  2. LauraLea

    LauraLea New Member

    No but really it affects it with fibro fog. Hard to concentrate, have a harder time remembering and forming words and sentences, able to remembering is impaired.

    Pretty much sucks. It varies from person to person, and can be wrost due to stress.
  3. PAT

    PAT New Member

    I get confused easily, can't find the right words when I am talking, have to make lists to remind me of EVERYTHING,can't remember if I took my meds, have to dial phone numbers over and over. I know there's more, I just can't think right now. Really!
  4. fibolady

    fibolady New Member

    pretty well sums it up. also, i find it hard to carry on a normal conversation with another person for any length of time, just too stressful. short and sweet and out of there!

  5. Dara

    Dara New Member

    I have to make a list for everything. I swear I make a list to remind me to do everything. Then of course I put things on the list that even superwoman couldn't get done. Actually, I would love to tear up everyone of them and stop living my life from a list. I have always been so organized, but for the last year and a half because of the fatigue and pain I no longer am, and this drives me nuts. Anyway, well now - you see - I've already forgotten what your question was that you posted - sorry.

  6. idiotsinc

    idiotsinc New Member

    Brain scans have shown that FMS suffers have a diminished blood flow to the frontal lobes of the brain, similar to what is seen in those with attention deficit, obsessive compulsive disorder, general anxiety disorder, defiant disorder etc. The frontal lob is the area that "filter" thought. That is why a thorough neurological exam should be included in your treatment. One thing to be aware of is many shrinks aren't aware of some of the research on FMS such as that depression is usually caused by FMS, not the other way around. (Using two "awares" in one sentence is a sure sign of cognitive problem... "as the fog rolls in...") They try treating the symptoms, not the cause. Find a specialist that works with adult ADD.
  7. healing

    healing New Member

    I suffer from fibrofog. I work in news media relations and find that I can't retrieve information that I know is in my head; I have blank spaces when I'm talking with people; words go missing (and I work with words!). Completing complex tasks is very difficult, sometimes impossible. I feel that I don't have the judgement I used to. Fatigue makes me numb in the head.

    I've learned to cover up. Of course, this adds to my stress, which adds to pain, fatigue, etc. Lovely, exhausting circles we live, hey?
  8. pearls

    pearls New Member

    Most of my fourth grade students have language problems. Many can't seem to put a sentence together. Here's a typical exchange:

    Student: "You know that thing?"

    Teacher: "What thing?"

    Student: You know, that THING."

    Teacher: "Things have names."

    Student: "Umm...umm..."

    Teacher: "Can you describe it?"

    Student: "That round THING."

    Teacher: "I don't know what you're talking about."

    Student: "That THING. You know, that thing you had."

    Teacher: "Sweetheart, I want you to go to your desk and think about it. When you can remember what that thing is called or how to describe it, come back here and we can talk about it."


    Now, just a couple of days ago, a student came to me:

    "You know that thing? ...Oh, yeah," he grins at me, "Things have NAMES."

    Teacher to herself: "Now THAT's progress."


    These days THIS teacher sounds like the students:

    "Now, where's that thing?" she mumbles mostly to herself while fumbling through the desk mess.

    Ever 'helpful' students: "Your book?" "Your purse?" "Your pencil? Maybe it's over there!"

    Teacher,"Good grief! Never mind!"

    (Students smile and roll their eyes.) They KNOW about my fibromyalgia and fibrofog!


    I used to have their names all learned by now. Besides, what kind of person would put an ALEXIS, an ALEXA, AND an ALYSSA in a class run my a fibromyalgic teacher?!

    Teacher, looking at Alexis: "Alexa?"

    Students: "That's not Alexa! That's Alexis!"

    Teacher: "Where's Alexis?"

    Students: "Over THERE!"

    Teacher, looking at Alexis: "I thought you were Alyssa."

    Teacher to Alexis: "Alyssa, come here."

    Students: "That's not Alyssa!"

    Alexis: "I'm Alexis."

    Teacher: "Well, I meant you. Come here."


    In self defense, I've taken to calling my students, "YOU."

    Teacher: "How do we do this problem?"

    Students wave their hands around,"Me,Me!!..Ooh..ooh..ooh!"

    Teacher, pointing to a boy in the back, "YOU."

    Student, pointing to himself with both hands: "Me?...Me?

    Teacher to herself: ("Why can't he ever get it? He's the only one back there!")


    God knows what I actually say to these kids! All kinds of words take the place of what I really mean.

    Okay, children. Put your books in your refrigerators!


    [This Message was Edited on 01/31/2003]