One of the scariest parts of Fibromyalgia is what the people who have it lovingly (not) call FibroFog. In addition to the pain it seems like you cannot remember anything at all. Just like the pain, some days are better than others.
Some people find the medication is part of the memory loss. Different medications seem to make it harder to think. Some of the medications prescribed for Fibromyalgia can make you lose total track of what is going on around them. At other times medication is god sent relief.
Back to the FibroFog though, if medication does seem to be a factor you will need to do several things. One of them may be changing to another medication. Another one may be to work closely with your doctor on the best dosage with the smallest effect.
Other reasons for FibroFog are not so clear. This requires a different strategy. When I started forgetting appointments or passwords for my email things became even more inconvenient than they already were with the pain. As you can imagine this was also detrimental to my continuing employment.
Technology was helpful to me. I put important appointments in a variety of places. I put it into the calendar in the computer program I use. I also put those appointments in my cell phone. Another technique is I enlisted the help of my friends and co-workers. I told them about important appointments and asked them to help me remember.
Passwords were a little harder. Ideally I could ask family members for help. Unfortunately, sometimes they were the reasons I had to have a password in the first place. I resorted to having passwords for something in my computer in a Word document.
That still led to needing the password for the computer though. I would write the password and keep it in odd places. I might put the password on a certain page in a book. I might send it to myself in a text. I would lock the text in my phone so I did not accidentally erase it. Because of course, you guessed it, I would forget the reason I saved the text.
Another little jewel I learned about was something called Roboform. Because I liked to change passwords every so often it helped hugely. There is a free version of Roboform that allows me to save up to 10 passwords. Then I can call up the one I need for different emails or systems.
I learned to de-stress. If I was worried or wrapped up in figuring out what I forgot it was harder to remember. I needed to move away, move on, or work around what I did not have until I remembered. Later, I could be driving or taking a bath and remember.
FibroFog is frightening and of course inconvenient but I have found ways to work around it. The most frightening part was that in the beginning I thought I had Alzheimers. I eventually learned that this was part of Fibromyalgia.