Most Women with Fibromyalgia Complain of Memory, Concentration Problems, Spanish Study Finds

Most Women with Fibromyalgia Complain of Memory, Concentration Problems, Spanish Study Finds
Most women with fibromyalgia say they have memory problems and can't concentrate, and a majority also suffer from anxiety and depression, according to a new report from Spain. Its authors recommend analyzing their findings in depth to improve the well-being of women with the disease. The study, “Cognitive complaints in women with fibromyalgia: Are they due to depression or to objective cognitive dysfunction?” appeared in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread pain and tenderness, fatigue, restless sleep, stiffness, and mood disturbances. Patients often  have cognitive complaints, but doctors aren't clear whether this is because of cognitive dysfunction, or if depressive symptoms are to blame.
"Despite the wide acceptance of a high frequency of subjective cognitive complaints in patients with fibromyalgia, very few previous studies have specifically
sought to quantify the extent of such complaints in this population," according to authors of the study, which took place at Santa Maria Hospital in Lleida, a city in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region.
Between August 2012 and March 2014, researchers recruited 105 women with fibromyalgia and performed neuropsychological assessments, including measures of attention and executive functions. Participants completed questionnaires on several topics, namely
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