Archive for Research

Biomarker for Fatigue Could Help Validate Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Measuring Fatigue Finally? How to objectively measure fatigue has dogged Chronic Fatigue Syndrome field  for  decades. Until researcher can tell how fatigued a person really ispeople with ME/CFS and FM will always have to deal with the "I'm tired, too" response from both their friends and from Read more [...]

Orthostatic Intolerance, Pain and the Mitochondria in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Dr. Newton Talks

Highlights from Dr. Newton’s Video on Blood Flow “I would suggest that abnormalities of the autonomic nervous system are the underpinning phenomena that explain most if not all of the symptoms that people with ME experience.” Dr. Julia Newton Orthostatic Intolerance Dr. Julia Newton started Read more [...]

Autoimmune Research Opening Up New Options for Chronic Pain Sufferers

A Different Kind of Pain That the immune system might play a major role in producing pain might seem obvious. Inflammation, swelling, and the symptoms of ‘sickness behavior’ including muscle and joint pains are all produced by the immune system when we catch a cold. Even in Fibromyalgia Read more [...]

‘Strained’ – Are Neuromuscular Problems Causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

A Different Kind of Neurological Disorder Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is sometimes described as a neurological disorder - as if that term described something discrete. When people first spoke of ME/CFS as a neurological disorder they probably meant a central nervous system condition - problems Read more [...]

Could Cancer Research Improve the Treatment of Widespread pain in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS?

Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer and Fibromyalgia Billions of dollars are spent annually worldwide on improving the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. New drugs and treatment modalities are extending survival rates, with recent initial trials even inciting (probably prematurely) speculation Read more [...]

Turning Stress into Pain: A Fibromyalgia Primer by Dr. Martinez-Lavin Pt I – Pain

A Mexico City doctor and researcher, Dr. Manuel Martinez-Lavin, has been studying and treating people with Fibromyalgia for over thirty years. In a 2009 paper he proposed two pathways for Fibromyalgia. One suggested that over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system fibers (sprouting) Read more [...]

Immersed: How I Found a Way (After Decades of Trying) to Help My Allodynia and Nerve Pain

I suspect many you are like me: there is something dramatically wrong with your body and it has been that way for quite a while.  You surf the ups and downs of your symptoms and occasionally wonder, "What does this symptomatic change mean?" If you are like me, you have learned that most medical Read more [...]

Knackered Nerves: Do Low BDNF Levels Spell Nerve Exhaustion in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Pt. I

“The decreased production [of BDNF] in those with CFS was unexpected and a novel finding. This finding could reflect a reduced ability to maintain neuronal structure and function in … CFS.” Authors Chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis don’t get paired in studies very often, Read more [...]