Current Rheumatology Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp 425-429

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Cognitive dysfunction in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome: New trends and future directions

  • Jennifer M. GlassAffiliated withInstitute for Social Research and Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Email author 

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Fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients often have memory and cognitive complaints. Objective cognitive testing demonstrates long-term and working memory impairments. In addition, CFS patients have slow information-processing, and FM patients have impaired control of attention, perhaps due to chronic pain. Neuroimaging studies demonstrate cerebral abnormalities and a pattern of increased neural recruitment during cognitive tasks. Future work should focus on the specific neurocognitive systems involved in cognitive dysfunction in each syndrome.