Cognitive Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia Patients is Not Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

Cognitive Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia Patients is Not Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease
memoryResearchers at Rush Medical College in Chicago recently published in JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology the conclusion that there is no link between the cognitive dysfunction seen in fibromyalgia patients and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The study is entitled “Cross-sectional Neurocognitive Data Do Not Support a Transition From Fibrofog to Alzheimer Disease in Fibromyalgia Patients.” Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that can affect the ability of the individual to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising quality of life. It is characterized by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, fatigue, headaches, sleep disorder and mood alterations. Women are more susceptible to this disorder than men. Cognitive dysfunction can also occur in fibromyalgia patients, such as lapses in memory, confusion and word mix-ups, and it is usually referred to as "fibrofog." The cause of fibromyalgia fog is not clear, but it has been suggested that it might be linked to sleep deprivation and/or depression. Many fibromyalgia patients tha
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