Increased Pain Sensitivity Reflects Cognitive Difficulties in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests

Increased Pain Sensitivity Reflects Cognitive Difficulties in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests
Increased sensitivity to pain may be connected to cognitive problems that many fibromyalgia (FM) patients experience, according to a study linking pain perception with cognitive performance in the disease. Researchers found that the response of patients to weak pain-evoking stimuli significantly reflected their cognitive difficulties, suggesting this is a better measure to address brain issues in fibromyalgia than other clinical tools. The study, “Cognitive deficits in fibromyalgia syndrome are associated with pain responses to low intensity pressure stimulation,” was published in the journal PLOS ONE. According to fibromyalgia patients, cognitive issues including forgetfulness, concentration problems, mental slowness, language-related problems, and reduced planning and decision-making abilities are among the most devastating symptoms of the disorder. A number of studies support a close association between these cognition problems and enhanced pain sensitivity seen in these patients. To address this link, researchers investigated the correlation between cognitive performa
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