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OBJECTIVE Patients with fibromyalgia (FM) frequently complain of poor memory, severe enough to affect job performance and to lead to disability. Yet common practices in neurocognitive examinations often fail to document cognitive abnormalities that match the severity of their memory complaints. Often, neuropsychologists gauge memory competence with measures(More)
The Dissociative Experiences Scale Taxon (DES-T) is a modified version of the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DBS) that relies on a subset of eight categorical variables to overcome errors introduced into diagnostic classification by virtue of the use of dimensional measures of dissociation (e.g., DES) that mix normal and abnormal dissociative experiences.(More)
Cognitive dysfunction in patients with rheumatic disease encompasses a range of impairment. Their prevalence, co-occurrence, and impact on symptom severity were assessed in 57 patients with fibromyalgia (FMS) and 57 patients with rheumatic disease without FMS. Information pertaining to memory decline, mental confusion, and speech difficulty was extracted(More)
OBJECTIVE Abnormal processing of information in fibromyalgia may hold clues to brain abnormalities in this illness. The purpose of this study is to examine the speed of mental operations in people with the fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) under the pressure of time. The central question addresses whether FMS is associated with processing speed deficits across a(More)
Mental fog is a core symptom of fibromyalgia. Its definition and measurement are central to an understanding of fibromyalgia-related cognitive disability. The Mental Clutter Scale was designed to measure mental fogginess. In an exploratory factor analysis of two different samples (n=128 and n=170), cognitive symptoms of fibromyalgia loaded on 2 dimensions:(More)
Thirty patients with fibrositis and 2 control groups, one of rheumatoid arthritis patients and the other of arthritis patients with other than rheumatoid arthritis, were compared on the basis of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) to assess the role of psychologic factors in fibrositis. Patients with fibrositis differed in both elevation(More)
Pain properties of 50 fibromyalgia patients were examined and compared with pain properties of 50 rheumatoid arthritis patients. In both fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, pain was bilateral, involved multiple sites, and was of equal intensity (60.8 versus 58.7, respectively, on a scale of 100). Fibromyalgia pain, however, was less localized to the(More)
Seventy-seven patients treated by chymopapain and laminectomy were compared before, and 6 and 14 weeks after, treatment. A standardized, multidimensional scale of low back pain providing scores on 7 independent dimensions of sensory and affective discomfort and one measure of intensity were used. Fourteen weeks after surgery, patients treated by chymopapain(More)
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) was analyzed in 30 patients with fibromyalgia and 30 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Eighteen statements on the hypochondriasis, depression and hysteria scales and 14 statements on the schizophrenia scale differentiated patients with fibromyalgia and RA. Patients with fibromyalgia had higher(More)