Inability to Focus



Cognitive impairment is frequently referred to as “Brain Fog” or “Fibro Fog” for patients with Fibromyalgia overlap. Whatever the term, experiencing cognitive impairments can be confusing and difficult to diagnose. The inability to focus or pay attention during daily activities can greatly limit your ability to interact with others, inhibit professional advancement and your ability to enjoy life. While there are several other conditions with associated risk for cognitive impairment, often the cause is unknown. Some known associations are:

  • Spinal Infection or Disease
  • Tumor
  • Stroke
  • Head Trauma
  • Neurotoxins
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Stress
  • Fibromyalgia

Some of the many symptoms of cognitive impairment are:

  • Short Term Memory Problems
  • Forgetfulness, Distractibility and Misplacing Items
  • Lost train of Thought or Trouble Carrying Conversation
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Symptomatic Aphasia or Issues Retrieving Words
  • Missed Appointments
  • Impulsivity, Lapses in Judgement and/or unusual High Risk Behavior
  • Difficulty adapting to changing environments
  • Feeling Overwhelmed, Confused or are Frequently Frustrated Due to a Lack of Understanding
  • Impaired Coordination or diminished gross and fine motor skills
  • Increased feelings of aggression or self-sabotaging behaviors
  • Anxiety and Depression


While there is no single cause for cognitive impairment there are several effective management strategies that are available for treatment to limit the effects of this condition.

  • Treatment of Spinal Condition or Disease
  • Engage in Stress Reduction Strategies
  • Acupuncture
  • Use Routines Lists and Other Reminders
  • Prepare for complex or Detailed Activities
  • Postpone, Switch Tasks or Cancel Activities during Episodes
  • Avoid Multi-Tasking and Over Stimulation
  • Organize and De-Clutter
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Practice Healthy Sleeping Habits
  • Review Medications with your Pharmacist
  • Pharmacological Intervention
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Exercise Regularly & Stay Active
  • Manual Chiropractic Manipulation and/or Alignment

Cognitive impairment can lead to long term memory interruptions or increased loss of declarative memory, loss of emotional stability and impulse control. It is important to talk with a medical professional if you think you could be suffering from this condition to begin a dynamic treatment program to reduce long term effects of this condition.


Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.