MEMORY

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by GARY700, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. GARY700

    GARY700 New Member

    HI EVEREYONE JUST WONDERING IF ANYONE ELSE HAS PROBLEMS WITH FOR EXAMPLE FINDING YOUR CAR IN A PARKING LOT,GET IN A STORE AND HAVE KNOW IDEA WHAT YOU WENT THERE FOR? MOST OF THE TIME MY WIFE WANTS TO DRIVE AND I DON'T BLAME HER.I'VE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM FOR SOME TIME WHERE I FORGET WHAT I'M DOING OR WHAT I'M SAYING EVEN MID SENTENCE.ANY FEEDBACK WOULD BE HELPFUL. I'M OPEN FOR ALL SUGGESTIONS......TIERD OF FEELING LIKE AN IDIOT... GARY
  2. 57Wagon

    57Wagon New Member

    Hi Gary
    Bad memory, been there done that. I think all of us here have the same problem. lol

    I find that I'm worse at the end of the day or if I push myself to hard
    [This Message was Edited on 11/25/2005]
  3. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    I rarely drive anymore, i'm a white knuckler now and i used to love to drive and was confident at it.

    The memory comes and goes though. I'm much worse in the fall/winter because of SAD. Many people get much murkier in winter even if they don't have the depression part. I think FM/CFS people are more prone to that because we tend to be environmentally sensitive and very at the mercy of the weather and seasons.


    jeanne
  4. jfrustrated

    jfrustrated New Member

    Memory - what memory? What's a memory???

    You can get all technical and tell your wife that you suffer from intermitent brain fog. We all get it, often when we are very tired, or when there are many stimuli around which cause distraction.

    Some coping strageties:
    Let your wife drive - it's probably safer for both of you.
    Learn to love lists and fridge white notice boards
    I could not live without my diary notebook. It's about 6x5 ins. and I adapt a yearly diary for my own use. Lots of little stick-it notes, extra writing paper, names and addresses and telephone numbers, little maps, pen, etc...... I write down everything in it e.g., due dates for bills, people's names, etc.
    I also purchased a small digital voice recorder that fits in my pocket and I carry it everywhere to take notes and reminders - also put it by the bed as night because then I often remember things that I had forgotten and so dictate myself these little notes: Boy - does it go through the batteries.

    People may think I'm stupid, but I live by myself and have no-one to remind me re. things. I don't want to have the power cut off because I forgot to pay the bill.

    Everything is under control until I lose my diary or the batteries go flat!!!!!

    Good luck
  5. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    Do not get upset with yourself on forgetting. The stress from you getting upset with yourself makes us so we forget even more things. Be kind to yourself and loving to your wife and make a joke of it, if you say anything at all.

    First of all.......make a list of what you need from the store.......if you have even one thing to get......write it down. If you have several places to go...example:

    BANK..deposit check and keep $50.00 from it.

    GROCERY......a loaf of bread

    PHARMACY......2 prescriptions to pick up, already called in.

    SHOE REPAIR.......Pick up brown dress shoes
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    Stick this paper in your pants pocket or on a clip might be better, so you do not lose it.
    If parking in a large lot.....make a point of ALWAYS....looking to see if the aisle you are parked in has a letter or name.....LIKE "J" write that on your paper. Look to see which door you are going in, some stores has two different door ways a part from each other. Try and remember which one you used to go into the store.
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    At Home....keep a piece of paper on the table that is for you only........EXAMPLE:
    Need to pay lodge dues

    need postage stamps

    call Bob about going to breakfast next Thurs. morning

    call ins. co. about.....(whatever)
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    Can clip this to your other note or look at and write down what you need to do when out...LIKE POSTAGE STAMPS. Can leave paper on table. Cross out items you have donw, after you have done them.
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    I keep a tablet that every page has a month and a year at the top of it...written by me

    I list all bills that I know and add to it as they come......I check off bills I paid then from that list......with date paid/check number/amount paid

    I can look back and see when I paid a bill or paid a subscription, etc. and I know when I will have to do that again for those items.

    This relieves stress....you know you have not forgotten anything. Anything that does not pressure you, makes you think clearer. The fear that we have forgotten something important does play at the back of your mind and you feel a stress and do not know why sometimes.

    Even write down your wife's birthday and such....

    I hope this helps.......Just pay attention when you park and where you park, that will help you. Try for new habits in doing such.....even if you have to write that down also to remind yourself.
    (((((((( You are not alone in this. But you can improve))))
    Blessings


  6. millennia

    millennia New Member

    I've found that taking Omega 3 really helps with brainfog. My brain functions so much better if I take it. I know how scary it is to forget things. Sometimes I feel like I just want to shake my head to get it to work, but the Omega 3 oils really help. If you don't like pills or the fishy aftertaste some of them give, you can try coromega, they are orange pudding packets. And in my experience fisol also doesn't repeat on you. vitacost has coromega for pretty cheap, maybe it will help you.
  7. Tigger57

    Tigger57 New Member

    Somdays I think I should have my name, address and next of kin's phone number tatooed on my arm.

    Hugs,
    Tigger
  8. Hinemoa

    Hinemoa New Member

    but only a little, because I have my Rolodex file opened to my name, phone number, address and date of birth.

    It is way beyond embarrasing if you can't remember these details when you're on the phone.

    S.
    [This Message was Edited on 11/26/2005]
  9. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    Check out those pdf files. There is info everywhere from specialists telling about the cognitive problems associated with FM, CFS etc. It is commonly one of the most bothersome problems we have. It is as a matter of fact disabling.

    http://www.sover.net/~devstar/sheets.htm

    You really need to read those files to understand what's going on w/u.
  10. millennia

    millennia New Member

    It truly is disabling. I actually had to register as a disabled student at my school because of my fibrofog. I was able to manage with the pain and the sheer exhaustion, but the fog just got the best of me and I needed a little help. I've been doing better since starting the Omega 3 though.

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