ADHD More Common in Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Shows

ADHD More Common in Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Shows
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seems to be more frequent in women with fibromyalgia than in those without this disorder, and those patients tend to have more occurrences of impulsive behavior. A study with those findings, “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and impulsivity in female patients with fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. Fibro fog is common in fibromyalgia patients, involving symptoms such as mental confusion, difficulty concentrating and staying attentive, memory loss, and speech impairment. These cognitive deficits are similar to those of ADHD, which is characterized by ongoing lack of attention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. Notably, ADHD patients show a marked incidence of fibromy­algia. Increasing evidence suggests the involvement of the central nervous system, particularly the neurotransmitters noradrenaline and dopamine, in both conditions. Moreover, case studies show that treatment with the ADHD medication atomoxetine, which raises the levels of noradrenaline outside cells, is an effective strategy to ease pain associated with fibromyalgia. As for i
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  1. Janine Scarisbrick says:

    Has anyone done a similar study in respect of Autism in fibromyalgia sufferers? Seems likely to me that the constant neurological stress of living with either ADHD OR AUTISM can lead to an individual eventually showing the neurological distress we refer to as Fibromyalgia (and maybe CFS/ME). I’ve discovered at 46 that my fibromyalgia stems from undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder and I’m fascinated that others’ may stem from ADHD. Take this theory a step further and it’s reasonable to consider the high proportion of females with fibro/CFS/ME compared to males is likely because so few of them are diagnosed in childhood with ADHD / ASD so go through life struggling without any help leading to exhaustion. Anyone agree?

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