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Cognitive dysfunction finding in Fibromyalgia

Friday 8 June 2012

 

From About.com's Adrienne Dellwo:

 

Brain activityCognitive Dysfunction Finding in Fibromyalgia

By Adrienne Dellwo, About.com Guide
May 30, 2012

Research Brief

New research helps shed light on the cognitive dysfunction associated with fibromyalgia, which is often called "fibro fog."

The study used 2 tests of cognitive inhibition, which is what it's called when a mental process is stopped or overridden, without your intent. Basically, it could be the cause of things like forgetting how to add numbers or drive to the grocery store. The information is stored in your brain, but something is making it inaccessible at that moment.

Significant differences were found between the study group and the control group. Among the 35 women in the study group, pain levels were a big determining factor in several areas that were measured.

However, while the women with fibromyalgia performed poorly compared to the control group, it did not appear to be due to problems with cognitive inhibition. Instead, researchers say the problem appears to be a slower reaction time.

Based on this evidence, the researchers hypothesize that fibro fog could be caused by problems with psychomotor or mental processing speed and they urge more research in that area.

Fibro Fog

Fibro fog is among the most prevalent and debilitating symptoms we face. It's often the one that makes it difficult or impossible to continue working, and it can also lead to considerable frustration and embarrassment.

Learning more about fibro fog may help you find better ways to treat, manage and live with it:

Fibro fog often makes people worry that they're developing Alzheimer's disease, but fortunately research does not show this to be the case. However, some information that applies to building and maintaining cognitive function in Alzheimer's may apply to us as well. Here's an article on one of these areas from About.com Alzheimer's Disease Guide Esther Heerema:

What kinds of fibro fog do you deal with most? What impact has it had on your life? Leave your comments here!

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The above, with comments, originally appeared here.

 


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