chronic fatigue syndrome

A unique pattern of immune molecules found in the cerebrospinal fluid of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) provides insights into the basis for cognitive dysfunction–frequently described by patients as “brain fog”. Scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health who uncovered the molecules say the finding also provides new hope for improvements… Read more

The same thing that lets elite athletes “feel the burn” makes people with chronic fatigue syndrome feel exhausted by the most common daily activities. New research suggests that the neural pathways that transmit feelings of fatigue to the brain might be doing their job a little too well in some people. The findings also provide… Read more

A recent brain imaging study demonstrates that people with chronic fatigue syndrome may have reduced responses, compared to healthy people, in a region of the brain connected with fatigue. The findings suggest that chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with changes in the brain involving brain circuits that regulate motor activity and motivation. Compared with healthy… Read more

What is Fibromyalgia

To many, the name fibromyalgia is nothing more than a funny sounding word. To others it represents pain, and exhaustion. The chronic condition known as fibromyalgia is becoming more recognized by those outside the medical community as news spreads about this debilitating condition.

The condition is not easy to diagnosis and doctors often misdiagnose or tell individuals that they do not know what is wrong or worse, that the patient is a chronic complainer with no known cause.

According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with chronic enterovirus infection of the stomach. The authors of the paper, John and Andrew Chia, cite their findings on 165 patients with CFS.

All 165 underwent endoscopy due to longstanding gut complaints. Stomach tissue specimens were taken as well, in order to look for for viral proteins, and were then compared with specimens taken from healthy subjects and those with other gut diseases, none of whom had been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Myalgic Encephalitis, or ME.

Long Term Problems Implicated

A majority of the biopsy specimens of the patients with gut problems showed evidence of mild long term inflammation. But few were positive for Helicobacter pylori, a common bacterial infection associated with peptic ulcers, gastritis, and duodenitis.