Healthy Living

The Complex Connection Between Memory Loss and Fibromyalgia

People with fibromyalgia were found to believe that they were aware of their memory issues.

Researchers analyzed the questionnaire answers and found that people who live with fibromyalgia feel that they have more memory problems than their age-matched controls. Specifically, those patients answered that they had experienced a steeper decline in their memory. However, those same patients also said that maintaining a good memory was important to them and that they were more anxious about their performance on memory tests, both of which may be factors in their performance.

Additionally, more memory-boosting strategies were employed by patients with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia patients were on level with their age-matched controls in terms of knowledge about the functions of their memory. Researchers found that the patients with fibromyalgia had concerns that were founded, and that their rating of ability was related to their actual performance, whereas the control groups did not have the same relationship.