By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Is more energy the cure-all for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia? Dr. Lerner observed years ago that symptoms in ME/CFS/FM tend to go up when energy levels go down and decline when energy levels go up. Even at rest, our muscles are affected by low energy levels. Because it takes more energy to relax a muscle than contract it, the muscle tension and pain many of us feel could be due to low energy levels in the muscles.
The low energy situation in ME/CFS/FM makes one think immediately of the main energy producers in the body – the mitochondria. Of course, it’s not as easy as that: it never is.
Two recent reviews of the mitochondrial findings in ME/CFS noted that significant problems with the mitochondria have been found, but the results have been inconsistent. A recent review of mitochondrial studies found that alterations of mitochondrial structure, DNA/RNA, respiratory function, metabolites, and coenzymes have been reported, but it highlighted the inconsistent results. Three New Zealand researchers proposed that doctors and researchers should focus on the mitochondria when treating and studying the COVID-19 long haulers, but they too pointed out the numerous inconsistencies found.
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