Few healthy people give any thought at all to standing up, but for a subset of people with chronic fatigue syndrome standing up is an act that’s fraught with peril. Whether their hearts start racing (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and/or their breathing does (postural hyperventilation) Read more [...]
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 [...]
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
Dr. Julia Newton started Read more [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]