Let's Talk About Fibro Fog …

Sad and upset woman deep in thoughtTonight, what we’re talking about is fibro fog. In fibro fog, you find that you have problems recalling known words. You typically use the incorrect words, you can’t remember people’s names, you have short term memory problems like forgetfulness, inability to remember what you’ve just read and what you’ve just heard, or maybe you saw a movie last week, you don’t remember anything about it. You oftentimes have problems with directional disorientation, so you’re not able to recognize familiar surroundings; get lost, and it’s hard to read a map. You become disoriented very quickly in a shopping mall if you’re not overwhelmed because you’ve bankrupted your stress coping chemicals, you don’t handle a lot of stress including being in a crowd. You have trouble recalling where things are; where did I put my keys, where did I put my blue socks, where did I put my phone. You get trouble with just getting your mind to click in and work correctly. You have lots of problems with multitasking. You have inability to pay attention to more than one thing.

What’s happening in “fibro fog” is the same mechanism that’s driving this “cloudy thinking,” it is what’s driving the fibromyalgia in general, and that is stress. Stress is the catalyst for disease, I don’t care what disease it is; whether that’s fibromyalgia, brain fog, irritable bowel syndrome or cancer or heart disease-it doesn’t matter. Stress is the catalyst for disease including fibromyalgia and the fibro fog that comes with it.

What happens in fibromyalgia is once your autonomic nervous system, which is yourself regulating system that regulates your heartbeat, your temperature, your sleep awake cycle, your bowel movements, your pain level, your moods, your immune system, how you digest food; once that becomes compromised, than all these different systems start to break down. This is a dysfunction in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal or the HPA axis. Once that starts to go haywire, there’s no drug that can correct that. The only way to correct that is to start to build up and repair your stress coping chemicals addictand mechanisms, so that the stress is now taken off the HPA axis. Until you do that, then you’re always going to have fibromyalgia, you’re always going to have symptoms of fibromyalgia, whether that’s poor sleep, achy muscle pain or low moods, it doesn’t matter. That’s going to persist. I don’t care what drugs you take. In fact the problem with prescription medications in fibromyalgia is that what brings on the illness is too much stress and drugs don’t reverse stress they create it.

Prescription medications are just another stressor, they can be helpful, and sometimes they can be your only option. So I’m not anti drug, I’m anti wrong drug, I’m anti too many drugs and I’m anti drug only philosophy. You see nobody has a drug deficiency.

Short term, they may be helpful. No doubt about it. Oftentimes they’re not but short term they can be helpful. But long term they’re causing more stress because they’re causing more side effects and they’re very stressful to your body.

Ambien and Lunesta cause memory loss, short term and long term problems with memory, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, and depression.

Unfortunately as I mentioned earlier, most doctors are treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia and not the causes. That leads to a lot of problems we see with mental clarity issues. If you look at the common fibromyalgia drugs, drugs that are being used in fibromyalgia today, tricyclic antidepressants like Elavil and Trazodone, Amitriptyline, Doxepin and then we look at Klonopin and other benzodiazepines or tranquilizers, Ativan, Xanax sometimes, sometimes Valium or Restoril they all are associated with “fibro fog,” short term and long term problems with memory, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, and depression.

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7 replies
  1. Sheryl
    Sheryl says:

    I’ve had fibro for over 12 years. I would like to share what is working for me. I am a 59 year old female. I have not found an antidepressant that I have been able to take and believe me, I’ve tried them all. But!! I do take 10 mgs of a time released Melatonin about 20 mins before I want to sleep. I’ve gone from sleeping 2 hours a night to almost 7 hours, Usually get up and down to pee and there are several nights that I cannot get back to sleep but doing a lot better. I take vicodan for pain once sometimes twice a day. I haven’t found anything natural that takes away the fog, but trying different herbs and vitamins. I did sign up to get the 3 free chapters, but have signed up for all the e-help I can find online. Seems to me that most people don’t have common sense or don’t use it. If you finally come to terms that you will have this for the REST OF YOUR LIFE! you can look online and read all the info from different doctors and “experts”, find herbs, vitamins and foods that work or don’t work with the fibro, try a new thing every 2 weeks or a month. I got tired of being a guinna pig and I am finding what works for me, it may or may not work for anyone else.

    • Dr. Rodger Murphree & Team
      Dr. Rodger Murphree & Team says:

      Well if you get tired of being a guinea pig I suggest you work one on one with a doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia. You can dabble the rest of your life or get a health coach/expert who can take all the guess work out of it.

  2. Shawn Killam
    Shawn Killam says:

    Wow…your article was fantastic. These exact words come out of my mouth, and the mouths of all the other sufferers. I could have written this article myself. I’m going to assume you don’t have Fibromyalgia…most people who don’t HAVE it, don’t GET it. You obviously do and I’m grateful. I’ve suffered for 23 years. It’s been pure hell. THe pain is constant and burning…but still as I and many others will tell you, that is the least of our worries. The fibro fog is the most upsetting. Getting disoriented, losing EVERYTHING, DROPPING EVERYTHING, not being able to think straight, etc etc etc…it’s such a big ball of wax! Luckily my husband understands and has seen what I’ve gone through and is my greatest support but I’ve lost many along the way who choose to think I’m “Lazy”, “crazy” or both. I’M NOT LAZY ! (lol). When I meet someone with Fibromyalgia we instantly bond like we’ve known each other all our lives. We use exactly the same verbage and have the exact same issues. I say that having Fibromyalgia is like being a man…No matter how much anyone tells you what it’s like to be a woman, you’ll never truly understand because you’ll never be one (surgery is the only exception)…it’s the same with Fibromyalgia…if you don’t have it, you can’t truly grasp the gravity of it all and how it affects every minute of your life. If you have a partner/spouse with Fibromyalgia – you should be able to tell when they “aren’t themselves”….If they aren’t the usual fun and loving self, try to figure out why….there’s a big reason….Feel better fellow sufferers…I really care….Thanks Doctor – great post.


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