Fibromyalgia Linked to More Dissociative Symptoms Than Other Rheumatic Disorders, Study Says

Fibromyalgia Linked to More Dissociative Symptoms Than Other Rheumatic Disorders, Study Says
Women with fibromyalgia (FM) experience more difficulty integrating their thoughts, feelings and memories, known as dissociative symptoms, than healthy women or those with other rheumatic disorders, a study shows. Although very few fibromyalgia patients in the study were likely to have a mental dissociative disorder, results suggest that the symptoms connected to the condition are particularly prevalent in these patients and may be linked to the "fibro fog" experienced by many of them. The study, "Fibromyalgia and dissociative symptoms," was published in the journal CNS Spectrums. Many patients with fibromyalgia complain of cognitive difficulties, commonly described as fibro fog or brain fog. This condition can manifest in different ways, but common complaints include difficulty in keeping up with conversations, concentrating, and remembering things. While the origin of fibro fog is still up for debate, some researchers believe it could be at least partially related to a dissociative disorder (DD) — defined as sense of disconnection among one’s thoughts, feelings, consciousness, and memory. Common symptoms of DDs include memory loss; a sense of being disconnected from oneself; inability to cope well with stress, depression, anxiety; and suicidal thoughts. However, scientific evidence supporting a link between DDs and fibromyalgia is contradictory. While some studies report a high prevalence and an increased risk of dissociative symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia, others found a low prevalence of such symptoms. To shed light on this matter, researchers conducted an observational study to determine the association between fibromyalgia and dissociative symptoms. They compared three groups of female participants: 31 healthy individuals us
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