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Cognitive Difficulties Affect Life And Self-perceptions Of Men With Fibromyalgia, Study Reports

Thursday 17 January 2019


From Fibromyalgia News Today:


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Cognitive Difficulties Affect Life and Self-perceptions of Men with Fibromyalgia, Study Reports

By Jose Marques Lopes, PhD
January 8, 2019
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Cognitive problems of men with fibromyalgia — involving their memory, verbal fluency and problem-solving abilities — significantly affect their work, social relations and self-perceptions, a study finds.

The study titled “Memory gaps, lost words and crucial mistakes — Men’s experiences of cognitive difficulties in fibromyalgia” was published in the journal Chronic Illness.

Besides pain and fatigue, cognitive dysfunction is a common complaint among patients with fibromyalgia. These cognitive difficulties are often described as “fibro-fog,” which may include a perceived deterioration in mental clarity, as well as increased forgetfulness and difficulties in solving problems.

Memory dysfunction in fibromyalgia may impact working memory (short-term storage of information while performing other mental tasks), episodic long-term memory (used to remember particular episodes and experiences), and semantic memory, which involves aspects such as the meaning and relation of words.

People with fibromyalgia have also shown worse scores in performance-based memory tests, greater susceptibility to distraction, and higher levels of anxiety and worry about their memory than patients with other rheumatic conditions or healthy controls. Unlike women with fibromyalgia, men with this condition have regarded cognitive challenges as a significant interference in their ability to work.

“It seems that men and women experience dyscognition and its impact on daily life differently,” the authors wrote.


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