Cognitive dysfunction

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Cognitive dysfunction is a constant struggle for most ME/CFS patients and they often describe it as "brain fog".[1]

Cognitive dysfunction in ME/CFS can take many different forms. Cognitive issues commonly observed in ME/CFS include attention deficit, auditory sequencing problems, brain fog, concentration problems, difficulty comprehending social cues, dyscalculia, dyslexia, executive function problems, linguistics reversals, memory loss, multi-tasking problems, planning problems, receptive language problems, slowed thought, spatial disorientation, and word-finding problems.

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Mady Hornig has found evidence in the cerebral fluid of ME/CFS patients that may explain their cognitive dysfunction.[4]

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  1. Living with Brain Fog/Fibro Fog - About.com Health FMS/ME/CFS By: Adrienne Dellwo
  2. Cvejic E;Birch RC;Vollmer-Conna U, 2016, 'Cognitive Dysfunction in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a Review of Recent Evidence', Current Rheumatology Reports, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11926-016-0577-9
  3. Capuron, Lucile; Welberg, Leonie; Heim, Christine; Wagner, Dieter; Solomon, Laura; Papanicolaou, Dimitris A; Craddock, R Cameron; Miller, Andrew H; Reeves, William C (2006), "Cognitive Dysfunction Relates to Subjective Report of Mental Fatigue in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Neuropsychopharmacology, 31: 1777–1784, doi:10.1038/sj.npp.1301005 
  4. Scientists find clues into cognitive dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome - Science Daily


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