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Brain Fog, Flare-Ups, and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that affects the musculoskeletal system and causes widespread pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. However, two of the most debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia are brain fog and flare-ups.

Brain Fog

Brain fog, also known as "fibro fog", is a cognitive impairment that affects people with fibromyalgia. It is a feeling of mental confusion, forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating. People with fibromyalgia often describe brain fog as feeling like they are in a mental fog or as if their brain is wrapped in cotton wool.

Research has shown that brain fog in fibromyalgia is linked to changes in brain function, specifically in the areas of the brain that are responsible for memory and attention. This can make it challenging for people with fibromyalgia to focus on tasks, remember things, and make decisions.

Tips for Managing Brain Fog:

  • Prioritize Tasks - Start with the most important task first and work your way down.

  • Break Tasks into Smaller Steps - This makes it easier to focus and complete each step.

  • Get Enough Sleep - Lack of sleep can exacerbate brain fog. Establishing a consistent sleep routine and practicing good sleep hygiene can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being in those with fibromyalgia.

  • Stay Organized - Keep a to-do list or a planner to help keep track of your tasks. This makes it easier for you to do the tasks that need to be prioritized and not overwork yourself.


Flare-ups are sudden and intense increases in symptoms of fibromyalgia. They can occur at any time and can last for hours, days, or even weeks. Flare-ups can be triggered by various factors such as stress, lack of sleep, overexertion, weather changes, or even hormonal changes.

During a flare-up, people with fibromyalgia often experience increased pain, fatigue, brain fog, and mood disturbances. This can make it challenging to perform daily activities and can lead to a decreased quality of life.

Tips for Managing Flare-Ups:

  • Learn Your Triggers - Keep track of what triggers your flare-ups and try to avoid them. Use a health app like Aila Health that you can easily use to track your flares and symptoms.

  • Pace Yourself - Take breaks between activities and avoid overexerting yourself.

  • Practice Relaxation Techniques - This can help reduce stress and manage symptoms.

  • Seek Support - Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling, or join a support group for people with fibromyalgia.

Can exercise help with Fibromyalgia flare-ups and brain fog?

Yes, exercise can help with fibromyalgia flare-ups and brain fog. While physical activity may seem counterintuitive when dealing with pain and fatigue, regular exercise has been shown to improve symptoms in some people with fibromyalgia.

Exercise can help increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, and release endorphins, which can reduce pain and improve mood. It can also improve sleep quality, which is important for managing fibromyalgia symptoms.

When starting an exercise program, it is important to work with a healthcare provider to develop a safe and effective plan for you. Some people may employ the pacing method when it comes to their exercise routine

You can take control of your chronic illness and work towards a healthier, happier you with the help of Aila Health. Schedule an appointment with the Aila care team today.

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