It has been noticed by the medical community that there are similarities in symptoms between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis. MS is believed to be caused by an abnormal immune reaction.
A new study has shown that people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) have lower level immune system proteins called cytokines in their spinal fluid, as do people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). However, people in the ME/CFS group and the MS group had one cytokine, eotaxin, that was elevated.
This may be why they have brain fog. Brain fog is a collection of thinking-related problems such as confusion, difficulty with concentration and short term memory. Eotaxin is involved with allergy-like responses.
Testing for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Because nothing physical has shown up in the already available tests, many doctors thought CFS was ‘all in the mind’. People with ME/CFS have not been believed that they are ill and because of lack of scientific evidence most people did not believe their illness.
The finding of this biological marker have given evidence of some kind of disease process.
The Immune System
It is thought that the immune system of people with CFS and MS may go into overdrive against a virus and not be able to turn off. Eventually the immune system wears sown and the body is subject to weak responses from mild infections. A healthy person would be able to fight these weak viruses or bacteria easily.
Many people are working behind the scenes studying these illness like said Suzanne Vernon, a virologist and scientific director of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative, based in Los Angeles and lead researcher Dr. Mady Hornig, a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.
We hope that it will not be too long before they develop objective tests that can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome early.
ME/CFS affects about 2.5 million people in the US.
For the full article go to WebMD News
More information on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
New Name for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Brain Changes in People with ME/CFS
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