Most people who don’t have fibromyalgia or know someone who does may think of it as a pain condition only. While the pain is certainly one of the most debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia, it’s not the only thing that can be tough to deal with. Cognitive difficulties such as short-term memory problems can range from a mild annoyance to a major issue. How can you cope with memory problem and other cognitive symptoms related to fibromyalgia?
3 Tips for Dealing with Memory Difficulties Due to Fibromyalgia
Here are three ways that you can make short-term memory issues a little easier to deal with:
- Everything in its place – Are your keys perpetually lost? Try putting a hook next to the door and placing your keys there as you walk in. You don’t have to remember where you put your keys last if they are always in the same place.
- Set reminder notices – Your smartphone can be an invaluable tool for keeping appointments. When you set up an appointment, immediately put it on your smartphone’s calendar and set the alarm, perhaps 24 hours ahead of time, so you don’t get surprised just before the appointment. Then when the reminder goes off the day before, set another one for a half hour before you have to leave the next day.
- Have a regular sleep schedule – Lack of sleep can increase the pain of fibromyalgia, but it also adds to the cognitive symptoms. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule is vital for coping with memory issues.
Finding Natural Relief from the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Upper cervical chiropractors are seeing much success in helping fibromyalgia patients. This is because we deal specifically with atlas (C1) misalignments. A misalignment in this vital location where the brainstem meets the spinal cord can result in blood flow and pain processing issues. Correcting the misalignment relieves pressure from the brainstem, facilitates blood flow, and gives the body time to heal. To learn if this is the right way for you to find natural relief, contact a practitioner in your area and schedule an exam to see if you have an atlas subluxation.