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Physicians who treat fibromyalgics know that almost every patient has said at one time or another: “I can stand the pain, but I need my brain.” It is really important for patients to learn coping skills when dealing with fibrofog. Here are a few tips:
–Practice being methodical, so that it becomes second nature. Develop simple habits. Train yourself to put things in the same place every time.
–Put up a big calendar in a prominent place, such as your refrigerator. Write down every appointment the minute you make it. Every morning and night, check this calendar – do it at specific times: first thing when you get up, and just before you go to bed.
–Make a list of what you have to do. Then train yourself to check the list several times throughout the day.
–Keep a pad and pen near the phone.
–Post notes. Many patients have told me they can’t imagine what they did before post-its. Use them to remind yourself to turn off lights, lock doors, water plants, remember shopping lists, etc.
–And remember: If you’re experiencing fibrofog, limit your driving. Run one errand at a time. Save complicated ones for when you are feeling better.
(Source: What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Fibromyalgia, by R. Paul St. Amand, M.D., and Claudia Craig Marek.)