Fibromyalgia dyscognition: concepts and issues

  • K.R. Ambrose | kambrose@unc.edu University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States.
  • R.H. Gracely University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States.
  • J.M. Glass University of Michigan, United States.

Abstract

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain and tenderness; however, comorbid cognitive difficulties are a common complaint among patients. Known as fibro fog or dyscognition, this symptom comprises difficulties with complex cognitive processes including memory, executive function, concentration and attention. While the mechanisms that initiate and maintain these cognitive deficits are still largely unknown, recent research has increased the understanding of subjective symptoms and objectively-determined deficits in cognitive performance. Treatments have also improved to include complementary cognitive and physical strategies. This review focuses on issues of dyscognition in fibromyalgia. Details of objective testing methods are not within the scope of this paper.

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Author Biographies

K.R. Ambrose, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders School of Dentistry
R.H. Gracely, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders School of Dentistry
J.M. Glass, University of Michigan
Addiction Research Center, Department of Psychiatry
Published
2012-09-28
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Keywords:
Fibromyalgia, cognitive dysfunction, cognition
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Ambrose, K., Gracely, R., & Glass, J. (2012). Fibromyalgia dyscognition: concepts and issues. Reumatismo, 64(4), 206-215. https://doi.org/10.4081/reumatismo.2012.206