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Who should you talk to if you have fibro fog and fatigue?

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Because fibro fog and fatigue aren't obvious, it can be hard for friends and loved ones to understand what you're dealing with.

Let the people in your life know that you have a disease that affects your muscles and causes pain, fatigue, and thinking problems. It might help to say researchers are pretty sure that certain areas of the brain don't process nerve signals correctly, leading to a wide range of symptoms.

When you ask for help -- and it's OK to do that -- be specific about what you need.

From: Fibro Fog and Fatigue WebMD Medical Reference

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Rheumatology International: "Fibrofog and fibromyalgia: a narrative review and implications for clinical practice."

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia."

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

SOURCES:

Pain Practice: "Energy Expenditure during Functional Daily Life Performances in Patients with Fibromyalgia."

Current Pain and Headache Reports: "Cognitive Impairment in Fibromyalgia."

PLoS ONE : "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Diminish Fibromyalgia Syndrome -- Prospective Clinical Trial."

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibro Fog," "Explaining Fibromyalgia to Other People."

NeuroImage: Clinical : "Characterizing 'fibrofog': Subjective appraisal, objective performance, and task-related brain activity during a working memory task."

Rheumatology International: "Fibrofog and fibromyalgia: a narrative review and implications for clinical practice."

Pain Management: "How to manage fatigue in fibromyalgia: nonpharmacological options."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia."

Clinical Rheumatology: "Fear of movement and avoidance behaviour toward physical activity in chronic-fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: state of the art and implications for clinical practice."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "Treatment."

WomensHealth.gov: "Fibromyalgia."

UpToDate: "Treatment of fibromyalgia in adults not responsive to initial therapies."

Mayo Clinic: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment."

American Family Physician: " Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

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