Fibromyalgia Patients Show Worse Cognitive Function in Their Everyday Lives, Small Study Finds

Fibromyalgia Patients Show Worse Cognitive Function in Their Everyday Lives, Small Study Finds
People with fibromyalgia display significantly poorer perceived cognitive function and objective working memory in their daily lives, according to the results of a small study. The study, “Fibrofog in daily life: An examination of ambulatory subjective and objective cognitive function in fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. While chronic and widespread pain is a hallmark of fibromyalgia, cognitive impairment — also called “fibro fog” or “brain fog” — is reported in approximately 70% of people with the condition. A previous study showed that the most common cognitive difficulties for those with fibromyalgia include learning and memory problems, difficulty paying attention, and inability to control movement. Cognitive dysfunction contributes to “negative health perceptions and difficulty maintaining relationships, working, communicating, driving, organizing, and initiating activities of daily life,” the researchers wrote. However, fibromyalgia's effect on cognitive function has only been studied in a clinical environment, with no studies to date on its impact on patients' cognitive function in daily life. Therefore, the researchers eva
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