Fibro Gaming: What are The Buttons Again?

I am a woman with fibromyalgia who is also a gamer. My series on gaming with fibromyalgia will explore the difficulties that can arise while gaming. This article deals with fibromyalgia-related memory loss and gaming.

Left 4 Dead (1 & 2), Borderlands, Red Dead Redemption, Dead Rising 2 Case 0…these are all titles that I LOVE to play. Yet, I often get myself into trouble (and earn the ire of my super gaming teenage son) when pressing the wrong buttons. We have had our 360 for about a year, so you’d think I’d know the A/B/Y/X button layout by now. Yet, it’s something I still struggle with.

Before I get into the memory loss aspect of fibromyalgia, allow me to first explain this condition. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition, characterized by widespread pain, stiffness, fatigue, sleep disorders, etc. A person with fibromyalgia can experience other symptoms, such as cognitive deficits, concentration issues, and – you guessed it – memory problems. As a gamer, those last three symptoms are a real pain.

So here I am, having to constantly redo missions and whatnot, because I pressed X when I should have pressed A. Or forgotten if the left bumper or right trigger shoots my weapon. Right now I have to play Case Zero from the beginning because I couldn’t remember to press A to jump on ledges; I wasted critical time just trying to get to the roof of the hunting gear shop.

Is there help for me? I’ve been discussing the brain issues with my doctors for a while, and I haven’t been given any real solutions. The website Fibromyalgia Symptoms have some suggestions:

  • Associate details
  • Rehearse things I’d like to remember
  • Use visualization
  • Exercise my brain
  • Avoid certain medications that impact memory

I feel that I can do just about all of these things, with the exception of the medications. Of the types of medications listed, some are part of my treatment regimen. From today on, I will work on my memory issue using these tips, and keep you posted.

Are you a fibro gamer, too? If you’re experiencing this issue or other issues, drop me a line, and perhaps I’ll add it to my next article.

Gentle hugs,

The Fibro Gamer

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