Tag Archives: CFS

Autoimmunity Causes Exertion Problems in CFS, FMS, POTS

Exercise Tests Suggest Autoimmunity Causes the Exertion Problems in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and POTS – Health Rising – by Cort Johnson | Aug 16, 2017

Researchers and doctors get interested in ME/CFS in different ways. Many have a personal connection, but for David Systrom,  a pulmonologist, it was all about demand.

He didn’t seek chronic fatigue syndrome patients out – quite the contrary.  When Systrom was given control of a clinical cardiopulmonary lab, he started doing invasive cardiopulmonary exercise tests (iCPET’s) on people with exercise intolerance. 

Invasive Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (iCPET)   Continue reading

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Forced Exercise with CBT Fails for CSF

Forced Exercise With CBT Fails for CFS  – Journal of Health Psychology –  August 29, 2017 – free full-text Research Article

The results of this study showed what patients have known all along:

For sufferers of CFS/ME,
exercise is the problem, not the solution,
it’s in the body, not the mind.

Cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise theapy are promoted as evidence-based treatments for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.

This article explores patients’ symptom responses following these treatments versus pacing therapy, an approach favoured by many sufferers.  Continue reading

CDC Removes Disproven CFS Therapies From Website

CDC Removes Reference to Disputed Chronic Fatigue Therapies From Website – 07.26.2017 / By David Tuller

This is another case of the CDC promoting faulty therapies for chronic illness.

I used to think that the CDC, with its access to all global research, was the final authority on general health care. But now I’m disillusioned about this powerful government agency after finding nonsense therapies being promoted for other problems, like chronic fatigue, not just chronic pain.

For years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended two controversial treatments for ME/CFS, the illness often known as chronic fatigue syndrome:

  1. a program of steadily increasing activity, and
  2. a specific form of cognitive behavior therapy. Continue reading

Stanford Study: ME/CFS is Inflammatory Disorder

Major Stanford Study Indicates Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is Inflammatory Disorder – Simmaron Research By Cort Johnson – August 11, 2017

The study examined the levels of a very large number of cytokines (n=51) in the blood of a very large number of patients and healthy controls (ME/CFS=186; healthy controls= 388). Age, sex, race and something called “nonspecific binding” were accounted for.

One of the biggest ME/CFS immune studies ever undertaken, done at a top University, this was a study that we dearly didn’t want to fail.

This is the kind of study likely to be labeled “definitive”.  Continue reading

“Bad Energy” is Core Problem in Fibromyalgia and CFS

Study Suggests “Bad Energy” is Core Problem in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) – Health Rising – by Cort Johnson | May 31, 2017

Lactate has become a big deal in both chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM).  A by-product of anaerobic energy metabolism, lactate ordinarily gets pumped out of our cells in large amounts during exertion.

The lactate findings suggest that the energy needs of ME/CFS/FM patients are largely being addressed by glycolysis or anaerobic energy production.

Anaerobic energy production plays an important role in energy production, but when aerobic energy production is not available and it becomes the major source of energy it produces metabolites that produce the burning muscles, fatigue and other symptoms we associate with over-exercise.  Continue reading

Evidence that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological | Psych Central News

New research has identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, providing evidence that the disabling disorder is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder.

According to researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the findings could help improve diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) or systemic exertion intolerance disease.   Continue reading

DIY Medical Research Studies

Mendus: How the Internet is Revolutionizing Medical Research Studies – by Natalie Rodriguez  

Just as crowdfunding has changed finance and citizen journalism has transformed the media, the internet is altering the face of medicine and healthcare.  

A striking example of that is Mendus (http://www.mendus.org), a website where members can design their own research studies.

Joshua Grant’s journey, seeking answers to his own health issues, led him to develop the site.   Continue reading

Vagus Nerve Stimulation, FMS, CFS

Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) – Health Rising

This overview article gives a good explanation of the functions of the vagus nerve and how it could affect chronic illness and pain.

Vagus nerve stimulation is one of the most promising chronic pain interventions under development today.

An earlier blog on Health Rising featured an astonishing story of a woman whose very severe fibromyalgia was largely ameliorated by a vagus nerve stimulator implant.

a recent three part review did an overview of our understanding of what the vagus nerve does, how vagus nerve stimulation works and how it effective it is.   Continue reading

Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Post-Exertional Malaise

Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Post-Exertional Malaise and CFS/ME

Though this article refers to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, these symptoms often overlap with other chronic conditions, like Fibromyalgia.  Also, people with EDS are often suspected of having mitochondrial issues.

It has been well documented that there is an abnormal increase in cytokines (chemicals released by the immune system) in CFS/ME patients following mild exercise. This causes another type of fatigue on top of the mitochondrial dysfunction fatigue discussed below. Cytokines in general, without the exercise trigger, can cause fatigue.  There are probably additional causes of fatigue (such as orthostatic intolerance) as well.

Role of mitochondria in cellular function

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ME/CFS/FM Patient Gets an EDS Diagnosis

Another Piece of the Puzzle: An ME/CFS/FM Patient Gets an Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Diagnosis | by | Jul 1, 2016 | Homepage

I’ve long noticed the overlap between these syndromes and this article explains them in detail.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a genetic connective tissue disorder caused by structural deficiencies in collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body.

All the tissues of the body including ligaments, bones, tendons, muscles, skin, blood vessels, gums, eyes and large organs rely on collagen for their strength and flexibility.
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