Fibromyalgia Cognitive Impairment Ratings are Worse than Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fibromyalgia Cognitive Impairment Ratings are Worse than Rheumatoid Arthritis
shutterstock_184377224At the recent American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, held November 14 to 19, 2014 in Boston a team of researchers presented their latest findings concerning fibromyalgia patients. The study presented at the meeting was entitled “Cognitive Symptoms in  Fibromyalgia Patients Compared with Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients” and compared mental function between fibromyalgia syndrome patients to Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disease caused by abnormalities in the way brain processes pain signals and is characterized by widespread chronic muscle pain associated with symptoms of fatigue and sleep disorder. Additionally, FM patients are extremely sensitive to pressure and are often diagnosed with mental impairments, specifically problems with memory (short and long-term memory, as well as short-term memory consolidation) and concentration. Currently, FM is estimated to affect 5.8 million Americans. To address the cognitive impairment of FM patients, the researchers at the Rush Medical College, Chicago and colleagues ate other institutions compared the symptoms exhibited between FM patients and patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a chronic inflammatory disease that mainly affects the joints, causing t
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