Archive for ANS

System Reset: New Way To Reduce Fight or Flight Response Found

We just saw that some Japanese ME/CFS researchers believe they may have developed an objective test to measure post-exertional fatigue.  Heart rate variability tests indicated that fatigue after a cognitive test is associated with reduced parasympathetic nervous system (PNS or 'rest and digest' Read more [...]

New Approach to Chronic Pain Leads to Novel Treatment Options: Antibiotics Anyone?

Pain Is Not All the Same Brain imaging studies like functional magnetic resonance imagery (FMRI) have provided tantalizing insights into the operation of the human brain. In this blog I’m going to review and highlight research and novel approaches by one of the leading researchers in the rapidly Read more [...]

Insights From the 24th Autonomic Nervous System Symposium #2: Complexes, Critters, Drugs and the Gut

  The Complex Is ME/CFS/FM bigger than we think?  Does it consist of a complex of  disorders such as ME/CFS/FM/POTS/Autonomic Neuropathy/IBS/ (fill in the blank) that share similar types of onset, symptoms and some lab results. Let's see how that question is shaking out. Check out Pt I of the Read more [...]

Insights From the 24th Autonomic Nervous System Symposium #1: Autoimmunity / CO2 / Bad Reflexes and Your Next Diagnosis

The 24th International Symposium on the Autonomic Nervous System was chock full of potential insights for people with chronic fatigue syndrome.  We used Dysautonomia International's excellent overview of the relevant studies as a starting point.  (Thanks to Issie for alerting me to the overview.) Is Read more [...]

A Treatable Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Subset – If Doctors Will Just Look For It

Pretty Graphs Dr. Susan Vernon and Dr. Lucinda Bateman spoke in Denver on Saturday, June 28. Dr. Bateman gave a presentation on research out of the University of Utah she co-authored  in her talk, "Treatment Options for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia patients I took two main points from her presentation. Read more [...]

Cause of Upper Body Pain in Fibromyalgia (and ME/CFS?) Identified? Plus: ‘Trapezius Myalgia’ – Another Sister Disorder Identified?

Background I've suffered from upper body pain since I came down with ME/CFS/FM decades ago. I can draw a fairly distinct line from about the middle of my sternum upwards;  press a point anywhere above that line and there's a good chance it's going to cause pain. Shoulder, neck and head  pain Read more [...]

Unraveling the Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia? Recovered Author Asserts Single System to Blame

(Dan Neuffer, a recovered patient, spent years trying to build a big-picture view of this illness. In this provocative blog he argues that researchers often get too wrapped up in their specialties to see the forest for the trees and that there really is a 'single' cause for this illness... and it's Read more [...]

CDC Definition Whacked: Study Suggests Deep Brain Issues Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

In Wyller's eyes chronic fatigue syndrome is not a 'chronic fatigue' disorder; it's  an autonomic nervous system disorder. Wyller  has been studying ME/CFS for about five years; he knows the vast array of symptoms present in this disease and one gets the feeling he's more than a little tweaked Read more [...]
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