Fibromyalgia, Other Disorders Linked to Pain, Fatigue May Share Cognitive Difficulties, Study Suggests

Fibromyalgia, Other Disorders Linked to Pain, Fatigue May Share Cognitive Difficulties, Study Suggests
Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and functional neurological disorders share common cognitive symptoms, including forgetfulness, distractibility (inability to pay attention to one topic), and word-finding difficulties, according to a new analysis. The study, “A unifying theory for cognitive abnormalities in functional neurological disorders, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome: systematic review,” was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. Researchers in the U.K. performed a systematic review of studies reporting cognition-related outcomes in functional neurological disorders, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Functional neurological disorders is a term for symptoms linked to problems in the nervous system for which there isn't a physical neurological disease. "Our hypothesis was that the cognitive profiles associated with functional motor, fatigue, and pain syndromes would be similar to each other,” researchers wrote. “This would support the existence of a shared causal mechanism contributing to cognitive symptoms in these conditions with important implications for diagnosis and treatment,” they added. After a search in the Pubmeb public database, they identified studies reporting cognition-related outcomes in each disease — 52 studies on fibromyalgia, 95 on chronic fatigue syndrome, and 39 on functional neurological disorders. The studies' outcomes included self-reported cognition difficulties on neuropsychological tests. Researchers analyzed and compared results linked to: "cognitive symptoms; objective ne
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  1. Alex Young aka alex3619 says:

    These theories come and go, and to date not one is proven. Fibro and CFS (I prefer calling it ME) are profoundly physical illnesses, there is lots of data to show that. Functional neurological disorders are the new too hard basket. Since Charcot first started to formalise these ideas, and discussed them with a young Freud, there has been not one single case where they have ever been proved. Instead we have a legacy of failed claims, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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