Archive for Research – Page 3

Small Nerve Fiber Neuropathy Commonly Found in Fibromyalgia (and Linked to Central Sensitization)

Sometimes you don't know if you should laugh or cry. This study starts off with a list of abnormal findings in fibromyalgia: there's the central nervous system sensitization which involves increased activity in the brain’s pain processing regions, increased responsiveness in regions that that process Read more [...]

Moving Targets: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Over Time

Fibromyalgia "The human brain displays a high degree of plasticity, and gray matter and white matter change throughout the life span." Authors Recently we saw that more intense connections from the one part of the brain  (prefrontal cortex) to another part of the brain (limbic system) appear to Read more [...]

The Lipkin Study, The Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis and HHV-6: Kristin Loomis of the HHV-6 Foundation Talks – Pt. I

Highlights The assays Dr. Lipkin used in the CFI ME/CFS pathogen study would not detect the kind of 'persistent, subacute' infections some researchers and doctors believe are present in chronic fatigue syndrome Fine needle biopsies of the thyroid gland in ME/CFS could uncover evidence Read more [...]

Immobilized by ME/CFS and/or FM? The Polyvagal Theory, the ANS and Movement Restriction

The Polyvagal Theory The autonomic nervous system is traditionally described as consisting of two antagonistic and balanced branches, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic system. The sympathetic system or the "fight or flight" arousal system kicks into gear when we perceive threats. When that Read more [...]

Could the Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis Explain Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

It could explain the disappointing Lipkin Chronic Fatigue Initiative pathogen study results. It shows how an infection could trigger ME/CFS and then - poof - seemingly disappear.  It includes two hot research topics in ME/CFS; the autonomic nervous and immune systems.  It explains how sickness Read more [...]

Bad Wiring: Were You Set Up for Poor Health? A Source of Chronic Pain Illuminated

The Pain Mystery It's an incredible thing; Americans spend up to 600 billion (billion with a B) dollars to treat pain. Almost 30% percent of people with pain have low back pain and about 25% of them have chronic low back pain. You'd think with that many people in pain we'd be pretty far along Read more [...]

Dr. Newton Talks! On Reversing Acidification in the Muscles, Blood Vessels, Abnormal Stress Responses and Aging in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

(Dr. Newton’s studies suggest the muscles of people with ME/CFS are not efficiently removing the acids that build up during exercise. It’s possible this acid buildup is contributing to the hyperventilation, and, of course, the exercise problems in ME/CFS. Earlier she mentioned she was determining Read more [...]

Study Suggests Gut Bacteria May Be Able to Trigger Autoimmune Disorders

The mysterious microbial world within us is beginning to reveal its secrets, but many mysteries remain to be solved in the years to come. Dr. Diane Mathis The  gut continues to surprise. This study is on rheumatoid arthritis, but you might want to just replace RA with the term 'autoimmune disorder' Read more [...]