Disruption of cognitive function in Fibromyalgia Syndrome.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by tansy, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. tansy

    tansy New Member

    Pain. 2008 Aug 6.

    Dick BD, Verrier MJ, Harker KT, Rashiq S.

    Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, 8-120 Clinical
    Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta., Canada T6G
    2B7; Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta, Canada;
    Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, University of Alberta Hospital, Canada.

    PMID: 18691816

    Accumulating evidence points to significant cognitive disruption in
    individuals with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). This study was carried
    out in order to examine specific cognitive mechanisms involved in
    this disruption.

    Standardized experimental paradigms were used to examine attentional
    function and working memory capacity in 30 women with FMS and 30
    matched controls. Cognitive function was examined using performance
    on these tests and between group results were analysed in the context
    of important psychological and behavioural measures.

    Performance of standardized everyday attentional tasks was impaired
    in the FMS group compared to controls. Working memory was also found
    to be impaired in this group. Stimulus interference was found to be
    significantly worse in the FMS group as the demands of the tasks
    increased. These effects were found to exist independent of the
    measures of mood and sleep disruption. However, when pain levels were
    accounted for statistically, no differences existed between groups on
    cognitive measures.

    These findings point to disrupted working memory as a specific
    mechanism that is disrupted in this population. The results of this
    study suggest that pain in FMS may play an important role in
    cognitive disruption. It is likely that many factors, including
    disrupted cognition, play a role in the reduced quality of life
    reported by individuals with FMS.
  2. findmind

    findmind New Member

    "...disrupted working memory"...

    HA! That's why I'm not working!!!

  3. harmony21

    harmony21 New Member

    That is also why Iam not working besides the lethargy and pain

    I must admit though since having to take epilem for a episode I had before Christmas last year my brain fog has enormously improved, neuro said that these days the drug is also used to lift mood......

    angel hugs

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  4. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I find that when I feel better, I am not as foggy.

    But then, who wouldn't be foggy when dealing with the pain and exhaustion with which we deal. Our overloaded nervous systems can make it so hard.

    I wonder if there have been any studies that show that some of these cognitive problems may eventually become permanent even if we are not in pain, etc.

    I do know that pain can damage the brain. Whether it would cause permanent damage I have no idea.

    If you google "Science Daily Chronic Pain Damages Brain." this will take you to an article about this.

    Interesting article and some interesting things to think about.

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