Archive for Autonomic Nervous System

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Blood (Volume) Will Out: Is Ischemia A Key in Both POTS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Brain Blood Flows in ME/CFS and POTS We've been looking at postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) lately. It's clear that about fifty percent of POTS patients meet the criteria for ME/CFS and a much smaller percentage of ME/CFS patients probably meet the criteria for POTS. The question Read more [...]

Problems Standing? Studies Suggest Autoimmunity Causes Orthostatic Intolerance: Implications For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

"In conclusion, these data support the addition of POTS to a growing number of cardiovascular entities with an autoimmune pathophysiology." Authors The Rituximab findings, the female predominance, the increasing evidence of heritability, the inflammatory component, and the common infectious trigger Read more [...]

‘Sustained Arousal’ Hypothesis Not Sustained: Wyller’s Clonidine Trial for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fails

Specifically, we suggest that CFS is caused by sustained arousal. Wyller Brun Wyller has raised controversy in Norway for his drug/behavioral approach to chronic fatigue in service of a hypothesis asserting that 'sustained arousal' (increased sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight)) activity 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]