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When The ‘Fog’ Rolls In ~ 5 FMS Brain Fog Symptoms

Everyone has an occasional mental lapse.

You may walk into a room and forget what you went in there for, or become easily distracted due to an excess of stress in your life.  However, for those with FMS/CFS/ME, there is something else going on.  This ‘Brain Fog’ affects approximately half of those dealing with these chronic illnesses.  This is a list of some of the symptoms according to ‘Very Well’ we deal with:

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  •  Word use & recall: Difficulty recalling known words, use of incorrect words, slow recall of names.

  •  Short-term memory problems: Forgetfulness, inability to remember what’s read or heard.

  •  Directional disorientation: Not recognizing familiar surroundings, easily becoming lost, having trouble  recalling where things are.

  •  Multitasking difficulties: Inability to pay attention to more than one thing, forgetfulness of original  task         when distracted.

  •  Confusion & trouble concentrating: Trouble processing information, easily distracted.

  •  Math/number difficulties: Difficulty performing simple math, remembering sequences, transposing  numbers, trouble remembering numbers.

These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may lessen or intensify depending on flare severity.  So, what causes this?  There are many possibilities; lack of restorative sleep, reduced blood flow to the brain, stress brought on by chronic pain, and compromised immune proteins called ‘cytokines’.

5 symptoms of brain fog


Here are a few ‘Brain Fog’ moments I recently tweeted :

  1. Definition of ‘Fibro Fog’: Put new contact in eye and cant understand how vision just got worse…realized I never took old one out…sigh.

  2. Definition of ‘Fibro Fog’: Tipped hairdresser $5.90 to make it an even $20. Amount on receipt before tip was $14.90…sigh.

  3. Definition of ‘Fibro Fog’: Filling out an important application online…notice I spelled ‘which’ as ‘witch’ right as I hit ‘done’…sigh

  4. Definition of ‘Fibro Fog’: Crap! Forgot butter!.(.back to store)…Crap! Forgot sugar…(back to store)…Crap! Forgot…….sigh.


Recipe Of The Week:

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Carrot Cake Muffins~

~1 Cup raw organic honey

~3/4 cup olive or coconut oil

~3 eggs

~1 1/2 tsp vanilla

~2 cup grated carrot

~15oz crushed pineapple

~1/2 cup buttermilk

~2 cup good quality whole wheat flour (or all purpose GF flour)

~2 tsp baking soda

~1 tsp ea cinnamon and nutmeg

~1 1/2 tsp salt

~1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

~1 cup golden raisins

Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl.  In separate bowl combine last 6 ingredients.  Add dry mixture to wet and combine until just incorporated, do not over mix.  Fill lined muffin tin 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20 min.

~ 16 oz room temperature cream cheese

~1 stick butter

~1/2 cup raw organic honey

combine and frost cooled muffins

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These Peach Faced Love Birds that thrive in the Phoenix ‘desert wild’, showed up on the back patio the morning of my 29th wedding anniversary, ‘Thanks guys!’

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  • Reply
    Jessica Joy
    July 21 at 4:16 pm

    Sorry about the brain fog moments. Keep fueling up on the self-love and doing your best. : ) We support you. And, this muffin recipe looks perfect for my kids. I KNOW they will love it. Thanks for sharing. You are inspiring, so keep it up. : )

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      July 21 at 5:03 pm

      Its a great one Jessica! Thanks 🙂

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    July 22 at 1:39 am

    OMG, that is me every day! I also forget faces, like I will be at work and serve a customer then wander off to do the job, come back and not remember who I was serving! Embarrassing much? I blame baby brain mixed with tired brain mixed with ‘need another coffee’ brain. #sharewithme

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      July 22 at 6:25 am

      Thanks for stoppin’ Haidee, yep, not getting enough sleep can really affect your concentration abilities. Have a great day 🙂

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    My Life In Sweden
    July 23 at 1:46 am

    Love the photo! And the carrot cake muffin looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    Greetings from Sweden!

    • Reply
      July 23 at 6:20 am

      Thank you and hello! 🙂

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    July 24 at 9:03 am

    HI Red,
    The fog rolls is a wonderful way to phase it and your analogy of it is very good. I love your recipe for the muffins – they look delicious and filled with such healthy ingredients. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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      July 24 at 9:23 am

      Thank you for the lovely comment Marla 🙂

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    July 24 at 1:15 pm

    The muffins look yummy!

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      July 24 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you Bethany!

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    July 25 at 3:31 am

    I think since becoming a mom I have terrible brain fog…

    Those carrot cake muffins look amazing. I know my son will LOVE them. Going to save the recipe. Stopping by from #RealFoodFriday

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      July 25 at 11:09 am

      Thanks for stoppin’ Karen 🙂

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    Tina Muir
    July 27 at 6:25 am

    Yummy! I LOVVVVEE carrot cake, so this sounds delicious! Thanks for joining us for meatless monday 🙂

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    Deborah Brooks
    July 27 at 9:10 am

    The carrot and pineapple look like a great combo! Thanks for linking up with us today. hope you will check out some of the other great recipes too!

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    Brandi Clevinger
    July 27 at 10:42 am

    Haha I also do the same things! Just yesterday my son asked for a fruit popsicle so I followed him from the back of the house into the kitchen. Once I got into the kitchen, I completely forgot what I was doing and walked to the living room. My son comes into the living room and says I forgot to get him the popsicle. Dang it! haha I do that all the time.

    Thank you for sharing your information with #ChronicFridayLinkup! I pinned your post to the Chronic Friday Linkup board at http://www.Pinterest.com/beingfibromom

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    Deborah Davis
    July 28 at 7:04 am

    Who can resist this healthy and delectable treat! Thank you so much for sharing your
    Carrot Cake Muffin recipe with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

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      July 28 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you Deborah! 😉

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    July 28 at 7:24 pm

    Wow I didn’t realize it can affect you so many different ways. I have sent my sister your blog url to read and she is loving it as she has Fibro too. I am hoping it helps her on the more positive side of things. 🙂 Love the recipe as always. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me, I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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      July 28 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much as always Jenny, you are always a great encouragement to me! Knowing your sister is benefiting makes my day! 🙂

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    July 29 at 5:47 am

    I am sorry you are dealing with Fibro brain fog. I hope things get better for you soon.
    These muffins look delicious! Carrot cake has always been one of my favorites and I love this healthy take on it!

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      July 29 at 8:30 am

      They are good Heather, enjoy 🙂

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    Miz Helen
    July 29 at 1:44 pm

    Your Muffins are just fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful day!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply
      July 29 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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    Gail Akeman
    August 1 at 8:30 am

    Thank you for joining the Small victories Sunday linkup. Please join again. pinned to the group board.

    • Reply
      August 1 at 11:53 am

      Thank you Gail 🙂

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