What are the mental effects of fibromyalgia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fibromyalgia can make you feel like you've got a head full of feathers. People who develop fibromyalgia sometimes complain that they become forgetful and have the attention span of a squirrel. These mental effects are known informally as fibro fog, though doctors have begun calling this problem dyscognition.

No one is sure what causes fibro fog, but some researchers believe that your brain may become distracted by pain. As a result, you have fewer mental resources available to cope with daily functioning, like remembering where you parked the car or why you walked into a room. If you've been feeling foggy lately, tell your doctor.

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