Smoking Raises Risk of Cognitive Problems, Depression in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Says

Smoking Raises Risk of Cognitive Problems, Depression in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Says
Smoking is a risk factor for worse cognitive function, symptom severity, quality of life, and increased depression and anxiety in patients with fibromyalgia, according to a study analyzing patient-reported outcomes. The results were displayed at November's  17th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in a poster titled "Tobacco Use in Fibromyalgia Is Associated with Cognitive Dysfunction: A Prospective Cohort Study." Although fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition, thought to affect more than five million adults in the U.S., there is little data concerning the risk factors that predispose patients to worse cognitive symptoms. While chronic and widespread pain is a hallmark of the disease, cognitive impairment — the so-called "brain fog" or “fibro fog” — is also common and sometimes even more disabling than pain. Studies report that most fibromyalgia patients (50-80%) experience memory problems, mental confusion, and trouble concentrating. To bet
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