I am 46 and was diagnosed with FM back in 2002, but had symptoms since the late 1980's when I was in my 20's. Although pain, fatigue and sleep issues were always a problem for me, even in my 20's, the brain fog issue was the lesser of the evils of this condition. Now, at 46 (I know I'm still young, right it is much much worse. I do take into account that I work 40 hours a week in medical records at a hospital (can be very stressful) and since my father passed away, I do all of my mom's finances as well as my own. My mom is 82 and can be very challenging. She is very hard of hearing, never had to do any paperwork (may dad did it all) and really doesn't make many decisions for herself. By the time I write out my bills and balance my checkbook, do her bills and balance her checkbook, make decisions about repairs on the house and work full time, I am emotionally, physically spent and exhausted. My short term memory is getting much worse, that I worry about myself. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and I can get very short with my mother when I have to repeat myself to her so many times. It is exhausting. I have noticed at work that I am much slower with my responses to phone calls, people coming into our department with medical record requests, and just the daily life of working in an office. Don't get me wrong, my job can be my salvation. I have been there for 7 years now, and I am amazed I made it through, I also like many of my co-workers, but it took many years to develop those friendships. I am constantly forgetting my passwords at work and now have to jot them down and refer to them almost everyday. I have forgotten to pay the cable TV bill, and my mother's car insurance. These things have been happening to me for about the last year. When I get home from work, my mom wants to talk, but I don't even have the energy to answer her because I know I have to repeat myself to her because of her lack of hearing. My mom is 82 and can't afford the steep price of hearing aids which she should have got almost 20 years ago, it's too late for that now. I do have a sister, but she leaves everything up to me. I just had to leave work early to take my mom to the doctor and it was exhausting for me. I am afraid my work will suffer, actually, it already has suffered, I just "muddle" my way through somehow. I hesitate telling this to my doctor, I rarely go because in the past, docs have always made me worse because of drug sensitivities, and just a lack of basic understanding about these illnesses. I am even too tired to research any kind of supplement to take for "mental improvement" or if this is just the ugly side effect of having FM and doing too much. Sorry, such a long post, I feel desperate, any advice? Hugs, Chelz.