Archive for Immune

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 [...]

The Kitei-Lipkin Interview: Missing Pathogens, Psychosomatic Directors and Serving the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Community

Mindy Kitei just posted a long interview with Ian Lipkin, the renowned 'virus-hunter' leading the Chronic Fatigue Initiative's ME/CFS pathogen discovery project. Dr. Lipkin has also begun a crowdfunding effort to raise the funds to do comprehensive microbiome analyses in people with Chronic Fatigue Read more [...]

Sex, Autoimmunity and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome … or Why More Women Than Men Get ME/CFS

“Creating a scientific culture that compels consideration of sex in shaping the immune response is essential to a comprehensive understanding of health and disease.” The female predominance in autoimmune disorders (greater than 85% female in Sjogrens, lupus, Addison's disease, and scleroderma, Read more [...]

Stress By Any Other Name: Inflammation, ‘Stress’ and Chronic Fatigue and Fibromalygia: An Inquiry

“Sometimes I think I'm so overwhelmed that the little, simple things that other people do or say really set me off emotionally, which we know only makes the pain worse.“ Person with Fibromyalgia One of the most puzzling aspects of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyaglia has been my body's Read more [...]

The Immune Disorder: the DeMeirleir Video on the Immune System and Pathogens in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

In the seventh of the ME Association's ME/CFS experts video series on the immune system and viruses we're really getting into the heart of things.  Dr. DeMeirleir co-wrote a densely technical book on immune interactions in ME/CFS called 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A Biological Approach' about a decade Read more [...]

Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Part of an Inflammatory Disorders “Epidemic”?….Autism, Inflammation, Autoimmunity and ME/CFS

I remember thinking Rich Von Konynenburg had gone off his rocker when he proposed, years ago, that  autism and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) were somehow related.  Looking at autism's  severe cognitive, communication and emotional issues, the male gender bias, the vastly younger age of the Read more [...]