Are You Having Fibromyalgia Memory Loss?

fibromyalgia memory loss

Fibromyalgia patients grapple with many uncomfortable symptoms other than generalized pain. These include fatigue, mental issues like depression and anxiety, hypersensitivity to lights, sounds and touch and food and chemical sensitivity etc. Memory loss is also common in those who are suffering from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia memory loss can be more difficult to manage than expected.

What Causes Fibromyalgia Memory Loss?

There are several factors that could contribute to memory loss in fibromyalgia. In fact, this is a genuine symptom experienced by many fibromyalgia patients. Several studies have been conducted to investigate memory loss in fibromyalgia.

It has been found that at least a quarter of those who are suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms have suffered from an excessive degree of activity at the pre-frontal area of the brain’s cortex area. This part of the brain is responsible to retain and recall information in the brain. If this area becomes hyperactive, it will be much more difficult to retain previously stored information in the brain.

Sleep Complications in Fibromyalgia

Most fibromyalgia patients also suffer from sleep complications. In fact, despite the high levels of fatigue which they tend to experience, most patients are also not getting enough sleep because of these sleep complications. Those who fail to have regular restorative sleep are more likely to fail in retaining and recalling information properly.


The aforementioned sleep complications include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia. They prevent fibro patients from getting restorative sleep which is vital for proper functioning of the body and mind. Hence, lack of restorative sleep can lead to cognitive complications such as memory loss, inability to concentrate and other mind-related issues.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Memory Loss

Fibromyalgia memory loss can exhibit different memory-related symptoms. These include:

  •  problems in trying to recall specific details of information
  • unable to retain new information
  • tendency of confusion with numbers and shapes.
  • misplace items easily or absent minded
  • unable to keep track of some important details.

Consult A Medical Professional

So if you’re suffering from fibromyalgia memory loss, consult a medical professional immediately. Your doctor may be able to prescribe proper treatment and medication.

10 Comments

  • I cannot seem to get much help medication wise from my GP’s i am getting worse with the pain and sinusitis and one GP i saw told me it’s not connected with fibromyalgia which i know it is as i have had fibro for ten years I am suffering hell of alot and can’t cope with it anymore had a really bad painful night last night can’t cope with the headaches and lack of sleep and the fatigue please help me

  • I’m so sorry you sound so helpless but you can manage this fibromyalgia in fact for your sanity it’s a must. Never do too much even going out. When your pain starts take you pain tablets rest use ibuprofen 5% rub on painful areas get out the hot water bottles and your electric blanket rest. Ask doctor to prescribe for the rub and amitriptyline to help you sleep. I pray that you will receive relief in the Lords name. God Bless you

  • Helen Williams, sinusitis can be aggravated by food intolerances and allergies. Fibromyalgia can mess up the immune system. If you are having a lot of problems with sinuses, catarrh, try stopping dairy products as these are mucus forming. Also dust allergy, mould allergy will aggravate this. Keep a food diary see when you are better or worse. Hope this helps. I also take a silica supplement that helps connective tissues and it’s reduced my fibromyalgia pain by a third, and energy levels better too. Good luck!

  • Hi Helen, I can sympathise with you unfortunately a lot of doctors don’t really know much about fibro so don’t know how to treat the condition but there are meds that can help, Ive tried a lot of them but my stomach cant tolerate them, this past year has been my worst so far, I’ve been diagnosed about 10 years but actually had fibro most of my life I’m 64, have you tried Butrans patches? If you are stressed you could try Himalayan Salt Lamps I have them around the home, one in the bedroom helps while you are sleeping also one in the lounge while you sitting, I have changed my diet so I’m eating more healthier, you could try Flaxseed Oil and Tumeric, I’ve just started taking these in capsule form also walking or swimming is very good, I find keeping moving is better for you as if you sit around for any length of time your body seizes up and is more painful , are you on the FMA uk website there is a lot of information on there that may help or if you like you can always contact me, if I can help in any way I will, I help run a fibro/me group in my area, best wishes Carol x

  • I’m taking Savalla 100mg 2x a day. It has helped more than anything. Try a RA doctor and pain management. I’m going on 24 years. Good luck and God Bless you.

  • The only thing I am on at the moment is gabapentin. My pain has gotten so bad some days I just cry. I was also in a car accident recently and that about took me over the edge with pain. I don’t know what doctor to go to for help with this. I have an orthopedic pain management Dr whom I will be seeing soon. Do I ask him for help with this or some other specialist? I was diagnosed about 8 years ago although I have had it longer than that for sure but I have not been able to find proper help.Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thank u
    Amy

    • Hi Amy I’m sorry that you are going through such a difficult time with fibro and on top of that a car accident. I was diagnosed with fibro 20 yrs. ago since this life changing experience I have gone through a lot. Denial depression etc. What I’ve been learning along the way is acceptance being kind to yourself advocate research and most of all look for a good Rheumatologist. I have found that word of mouth is a good way. If you can’t find one looking for a dr. that is educated in the area of fibro because that will make a difference in how you feel. One more thing try to do positives things to remove you from stress because that I find is one of the things that flares or keeps it in flare longer. Wish you luck.

  • Your pain management doctor will help you. It’s such a long road. But you are hopefully almost there. Feels like it’s hopeless…. but the pain management doctor is the one you want. My psychiatrist and general Dr put me on a combination of Lexapro and Amitriptyline and it reaaaaaally helped. Look it up. New research says an ssri anti depressant along with a trycilic has been a god send.

  • Does anyone suffer from not just migraines but occipital neuralgia? Its severe pressure on the boney part of the middle back part of the head. It even extends to my mastoid bones behind my ears. Its unbelievable! Makes me weak and want to sleep. My inner ear also hurts like an ear infection but dont have one. I’m on Citalopram for depression, which I don’t get depressed but went thru some emotional trauma and was prescribed. I’m also on Klonopin for anxiety. I’ve had panic attacks since age 8. My balance is off, my stomach hurts from aspirin from migraines. Migraines were always bad, but Occipital Neuralgia is even worse! I’m 62 and was diagnosed in 1998 with Fibro. Symptoms started in my 20s after car accident and whiplash. Thank you.

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