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How is my fibromyalgia affecting my thinking?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fibromyalgia can affect your thinking in several ways. Called "fibro fog," cloudy thinking from fibromyalgia may make it more difficult to learn and remember things you just heard. It may be hard to focus on a problem you are trying to solve. Researchers believe two factors contribute to fibro fog: pain and lack of sleep. When you are in pain, that's all you can think about, which makes it harder to focus on anything else. Poor quality sleep, waking unrefreshed, and feeling tired -- defining symptoms of fibromyalgia -- also contribute to fibro fog. Everything is connected, so treating your primary fibromyalgia symptoms of pain and poor sleep should help improve your thinking skills.

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