If you or a loved one suffers from fibromyalgia then you are aware of one of the more debilitating symptoms: the dreaded fibro fog. According to MedicineNet.com, fibro fog is:
A type of cognitive dysfunction reported by many people with fibromyalgia. Also sometimes referred to as brain fog, its symptoms include difficulty with concentration, memory deficits, and confusion.
It can be very frustrating and I know for me it leads to depression. For me, I will have moments where I will be talking and will completely forget what I was trying to say. I will stop mid sentence therefore making me look and feel pretty dumb. My memory is terrible and I have the absolute worst time concentrating. (Since I also have ADHD, the concentration problem can be worse at times)
I often have trouble recalling certain words when talking or even writing. Simple words for every day things. Words I never used to have trouble remembering.
(Funnily enough, I’m having trouble right now trying to get this blog post written.)
The combination of my struggles with the fibro fog and the insecurities it brings really puts a damper on things. I want to be positive, want to have confidence but the struggle is so very real.
I googled some verses on insecurity and came across several that have been very comforting:
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart I Samuel 16:7
I struggle with my looks quite a bit and reading this verse really helps me to put things into perspective.
Some more verses I came across
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9
These verses give me comfort because I know that by placing my trust in Him I can overcome any struggle I run into. I need not worry because He is right there beside me as I go through my insecurities and doubts.
Fibro fog may not be curable but with God’s help I can get through the frustrations it brings. And when I struggle with finding the right word, God is still right there beside me helping me to get through the difficulties.
I’m sorry you are dealing with brain fog! Fatigue is a huge part of my disability (Friedreich’s Ataxia) and a lot of my fellow FA’ers deal with the fog. For the better and the worst, my own struggles are primarily physical. Sending virtual hugs and prayers!
I never got diagnosed with fibro, but sometimes I deal with brain fog. Sometimes it can be a bit embarrassing, but I usually just laugh it off, giving others unspoken permission to laugh with me. Because, after all, we all have our struggles, and anyone who thinks they have it all together is in for a rude awakening when suddenly they realize that they don’t anymore. It’s just a matter of time.
Hang in there, sister! God bless you! 🙂
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Leigh, I feel for you having your health issues start so young. I can relate. I have been on disability since my twenties with some of the same issues you have. It takes a lot out of people. My fibro fog has made for some interesting looks I get from people when a sentence comes out all mixed up. Many laughs too😊
Through the years I have also seen how God is using my issues to help others and have empathy for them too. What I have and go through enables me to share my struggles and my (God’s) triumphs.
I encourage you to ask God to show you what He may have for you at this time in your life. Ask how you can use it for His glory.
I can see already He has blessed you with your writing, seek how you can continue to use it for Him.