14 Tools To Manage Fibro Fog

14 Tools To Manage Fibro Fog

Reduce The Stress Of Fibromyalgia


There are more than fourteen tools available that not only help manage fibro fog, but can also help in reducing some of the stress of having fibromyalgia.

For those of us with Fibromyalgia, we are always in constant pain and for most of us with fibro, we also suffer from fibro fog. Whether you suffer from fibro fog or not, these tips will help you with fibromyalgia and will help even more if you have fibro fog.
With a smart phone, we can lighten up our load in a major way as we limp along in a life filled with lost memories, foggy brains and chronic pain.
My smart phone is an iPhone. All smart phones have these features built into the phone or have equivalent apps.

From experience, I am going to share with you the tools I use on my smart phone to help with fibro fog and fibromyalgia.

1. Camera: Having a camera in your pocket or purse is a great tool for memory. If you see something that you’re afraid you’ll forget, then take a picture of it. You can use the camera to take pictures of your pill bottles, instructions from the doctor or anything else that you’re afraid you might forget. When looking at the pictures they can be enlarged so it is easy to see the details.

You can reverse the camera for selfie’s. That also makes for a good mirror. If you want one less thing to carry around in your purse, then instead of taking a selfie use the camera to see how you look before going into an appointment or whenever you need a mirror.

I discovered one time, while scrolling through my pictures that it was like a photo album. Looking at the pictures I had taken for fun and for fibro reasons, I had memories I otherwise would have forgotten. It was fun to recall events that I had forgotten. Take pictures liberally and back them up from time to time on a hard drive or thumb drive.

2. Along with the camera to help you not forget things is the Notes App. You can open the app and type messages to yourself. You can use the Notes for a shopping list. If typing with those tiny keys is hard, or in my case frustrating, then use the dictation button. Just to the left of the Space button is a button with a microphone. Click it and it will record your voice and type your words in the Notes page.

3. Along with, or in place of the Notes App, you could use the Voice Memos app to speak instead of writing with those little buttons. It’s a built in digital recorder. Personally, I prefer to use the voice recorder in Notes. But that’s just me.

4. The Calendar App may become your new best friend. When I started to use it, the first five or six times it seemed clumsy, but after I got the hang of it, it became much easier to use. We are always going to visit doctors and we make many appointments. After you place your doctor’s appointment in the calendar, if you try to schedule another overlapping appointment, you will see the mistake and adjust your appointment time. With your smart phone you can see when your other appointments are, without getting up and going to the calendar on the wall. With the calender app you don’t need to worry about losing all those appointment reminder cards.

5. The Reminders App that comes standard on my iPhone will remind me of upcoming events. It ties into the Calendar App as well. If you press the little blue “i” after typing in your text reminder then you will go into the Details section of the Reminder. You can choose a day for the reminder and set an alarm and a time for that alarm. If it is something every day like taking your pills at a certain time, then you can repeat it every day, every week, etc. You can further edit it to a monthly or yearly reminder. There are other features like Priority and Notes if you have complicated instructions for taking your MEDs.

6. Voice Activation. Several of the things we have mentioned already and some yet to be mentioned can be voice activated by clicking on the Microphone button or by holding the button down at the bottom of your phone. I use it a lot to set alarms. It can be used to set Appointments, create Notes, create Reminders, play music, check the Weather, and you can ask for directions to wherever you want to go if you have a GPS map app on your phone.

7. Music. Being able to play music can be calming, entertaining and fun.

8. Game Apps can help you kill time during a long wait at the doctor’s office. If you use strategy games, it can count as physical therapy for your brain and fibro fog.

9. The Weather App is essential during winter of periods of bad weather. We all know how bad weather can affect our stiffness and pain flare ups.

10. The Calculator is a nice convenience. It can be voice activated. This is helpful for finding the best value when shopping or helping you with your MEDs.

11. Some smart phones allow you to adjust the text, making it larger or smaller.

12. Flashlight App I had to download the Flashlight app. It has been helpful in so many ways. If you’re having trouble at night finding the right key, use your flashing light. Need to jump start your batter at night? Use your flashlight.

13. Google Maps or other GPS mapping apps can be used to get you around town, or can guide you on your vacation. I prefer one such as Google Maps that is voice activated.

14. Compass App is self explanatory to some extent. But it also has the numbers at the bottom of the compass that tell when you are at any given moment in the form of longitude and latitude which can be used in emergencies to tell emergency personnel where you are at.

If you have an iPhone you can ask Siri, what she can do and you can get a Tips app to learn how to better use the phone. The more you use your smart phone the more helpful it begins to be. I downloaded the Kindle App so I can read books while I am in the waiting room in the doctor’s office. There are hundreds, if not thousands of free e-books on Amazon you can download or read from the cloud.

Other useful Apps are games, email app for your email program, Pinterest, Facebook, Browsers, Bank apps and whatever else makes sense for you. I almost forgot to mention medical apps that can record all medicines you’re taking and a list of medical problems you have, allergies and a host of other medical information. I am surprised by how many of these apps are free to download.

When I first became mobile after a couple of years of trial and error, I carried around a bag to put many things in that bag that I can now have in my smart phone which can be carried in my pocket. I also bought a protective covering that protects against scratches and damage incurred from dropping the phone.

Sometimes when I go on about how cool a smart phone can be for someone like me with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, I almost forget that it is a phone as well. I can talk or text with anyone around the world. The smart phone is great non medical technology for those with chronic illness like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, or Lyme disease to mention a few.

5 Ways How The Bible Helps Us Cope With Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

5 Ways How The Bible Helps Us Cope With Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia And Other Chronic Invisible Illnesses

I am introducing a new thread on the Fibro Champions Blog that takes various verses from the scriptures and applies them to those of us who suffer trials and tribulations due to Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Lyme Disease, MS, POTS and any other chronic invisible illnesses. Really these little devotionals could apply to anyone who has been victimized. These are Biblical verses that provide teaching, hope, validation and faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which all Christianity stands. His teachings can heal and help bear our burden better than any other medical solution, herbal solution or self help solution. But I advocate using the teachings of Jesus in cooperation with the proper use of the miracles of medical science.

1. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4 (NIV) This verse is referring to Jesus Christ. It tells us that he will sustain us, will carry us and rescue us in the various times of our needs. Who needs the Savior more than the sinner or those who suffer from health trials, especially those of a chronic illnesses? He made us and he knows us better than we know ourselves. Who better to turn to than our Creator? To sustain us means To support, hold, bear up, bear the weight, bear a burden, and to endure without giving way or yielding. To keep a person from giving way to, as under trial or affliction.

2. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:3-5 (KJV) This verse in Isaiah was a prophecy of what would happen to Jesus Christ when he came to earth to atone for our sins. He did atone for us but he did much more. He bore our griefs, carried our sorrows and through his suffering he can be healed of the consequences of our sins and we can be healed from our infirmities.

3. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) This popular verse means that we will not be tempted by sin or tried by tribulation more than what we are able to bear. The creator of us all, knows the limits of each and everyone of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. The temptations or tribulations that we are called upon to bear may seem like we are being pushed beyond our personal breaking point. But we are not. We must trust God and have faith and hold on tight. With his help, we will make it.


4. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, a whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 (NIV) To me, this passage of scripture tells me to have joy in my trials of chronic pain, fibro fog and all the other extreme symptoms of fibromyalgia, which is my chronic illness. This also says that the trials and tribulations we go through are designed four our personal growth wether it be in this life or the next.

5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5 (KJV) This small little verse brings great joy to me in my personal afflictions. It tells me that I can approach God in prayer for anything and my prayers will be heard and answered. But as we know from other verses, the answer to prayers are based on the infinite and eternal wisdom of God.

                    Troy Wagstaff ©

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