Health Rising

Low Dose Hydrocortisone: Flare Buster For Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Cortisol, our body’s main stress hormone, has an amazing reach. Given the effects it has on our metabolism, inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar, energy production and even the sleep-wake cycle, it’s no surprise that researchers early on latched onto signs of cortisol problems in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and […]

Could ME/CFS Be A Chronic, Ongoing Brain And Spinal Cord Injury – That Is Exacerbated By Exertion ?

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By Jeff Woods in Health Rising.   (Jeff Wood’s remarkable recovery following spinal surgery to correct craniocervical instability (CCI) and tethered cord shocked the ME/CFS community. It’s safe to say that almost no one saw that coming.  In this piece Jeff – the former ME/CFS patient who started all this off – proposes that the pain, fatigue, […]

Explaining Paul Garner’s Long COVID Recovery Story (???) Plus What Does It Mean ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Paul Garner’s recovery story from long COVID has met with almost universal dismay and anger from the chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) community. Garner, after all, was something of a champion for long COVID and ME/CFS. An infectious diseases specialist who had weathered serious infections before, he seemed perfect […]

Large Long COVID Study And Major Media Articles Underscore Link To ME/CFS – Plus Countdown For The NIH

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   “The findings show that—even in those people who don’t require hospitalization for severe COVID-19—the condition’s prolonged symptoms are having a major impact on lives and livelihoods, both here and around the world. While the number of people affected isn’t yet known, if even a small proportion […]

When Dr. Peter Rowe Speaks – We Should Listen: Dr. Rowe On ME/CFS At The Dysautonomia International Zoom Conference

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. A riff on Dr. Peter Rowe’s presentation at the 2020 Dysautonomia International Conference (note that I expand on many of Rowe’s points; i.e. not all the words are his.) Lauren Stiles, the founder of Dysautonomia International, has long believed that the chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and dysautonomia fields […]

Ivabradine – Could A “Wonder Drug” For POTS Work In ME/CFS ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Ivabradine appears to work quite well in POTS  – but should we stop there? Ivabradine was approved for use in the European Union in 2005, but it’s pretty new to the scene in the U.S. It was FDA approved in only 2015. That means it doesn’t have much […]

Study Suggests Energy Production Problems May Be Everywhere In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   As time has gone on, the energy production issue in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has become better and better documented as researchers take different slants on it. Take the whole body energy production tests. Workwell’s two day cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPETs) have documented the damaging effects that exercise one day […]

The Present (And Future) CoQ10 for Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. This blog is one of a continuing series of blogs that are attempting to peer into the future and see what treatments possibly await us. This blog provides an overview on CoQ10 – what forms work best and how to take it – and then takes a look at […]

Starving for Energy ? And The Immune Hole That Produced ME/CFS ?- The IACFS/ME Conference Reports Pt. II

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Immune Hole That Produced ME/CFS? (and who knows – maybe long-hauling as well) Somehow Lenny Jason got a hold of some recovery data from the 1918 flu! The data suggested that 20% of those affected may not have fully recovered, and fatigue was one of the most […]

A Fatigue Nucleus In Multiple Sclerosis… And ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Fatigue has been a mystery to the research world. Take multiple sclerosis (MS) – one of the most fatiguing diseases known. Fatigue is often one of the first symptoms that shows up in MS and it’s often the most troubling symptom MS patients experience, yet the fatigue in MS isn’t […]

Celebrating Whitney Dafoe And His “Awakening” On His 37th Birthday

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It’s Whitney Dafoe’s 37th birthday. He’s had chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) since 2004 and has been severely ill since about 2012. Fed by feeding tubes, eyes and ears covered, too weak to move, unable to speak or tolerate almost any stimuli. Whitney has hovered in a kind of […]

Is Ron Davis’s ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center At Stanford Poised For A Breakthrough ?

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Ron Davis’s Stanford ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center is itching to get back to full-time lab work. It’s not that Davis and his group haven’t been working. Janet Dafoe described constant Zoom calls with ME/CFS researchers, a bevy of grant applications have been completed, put some researchers – with […]

Craniocervical Instability, Neurosurgery And M.E.: Just The Facts, Please – An Editorial By Jeff Wood

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  By Jeff Wood in Health Rising.   Jeff Wood’s remarkable recovery from severe ME/CFS following spinal surgery to correct craniocervical instability (CCI) and other problems shocked the ME/CFS community. It’s safe to say that almost no one saw that coming. Since then, others, including Jen Brea and Julie Rehmeyer, have been diagnosed and undergone […]

Long-Term Saline Use Improves Cardiovascular Functioning In ME/CFS: A Workwell Case Report

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The exercise physiologists at the Workwell Foundation are pretty darn good at providing thought provoking case reports. A couple of years ago, a Workwell case report indicated that a very ill ME/CFS patient was able, using Workwell’s heart rate-based exercise program, to not just halt the steady decline […]

The Brain Fog In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Plus Even Mini Tilt Table Tests Wrack The Severely Ill

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The two Dutch researchers, C. Linda van Campen and Frans Visser, and Peter Rowe from the U.S., have been on a tear recently. The Van Campen/Visser team (mostly with Peter Rowe) have published 6 ME/CFS studies thus far in 2020, one in 2019 and three in 2018. This […]

Ritalin (Methylphenidate) For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  From Health Rising.   Ritalin Is… a central nervous system stimulant. Created in 1954, Ritalin has been in use for over sixty years. (Check out a History of Ritalin here). It was first FDA approved in 1955 to treat ‘hyperactivity’ and later was approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin increases extracellular levels […]

An Open Letter To The COVID-19 Long Hauler Community From A Person With ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. “If you look anecdotally, there is no question that there are a considerable number of individuals who have a post-viral syndrome that in many respects incapacitates them for weeks and weeks following so-called recovery. They report symptoms such as brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue that resemble the […]

Surprise Gene Finding Could Give Pathogens And Toxins A Leg Up In ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Travis Craddock heads Dr. Klimas’s biocomputational modeling team at the Institute for Neuroimmune Medicine (INIM) at Nova Southeastern University. This is the team responsible for crunching the hundreds of thousands of data points gathered from Dr. Klimas’s intensive exercise studies into a massive model of how the […]

Is Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Actually Small Fiber Polyneuropathy ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) produce so many symptoms that diagnosing them can be difficult for uninformed doctors. While we know that small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) (or small fiber neuropathy (SFN) commonly occurs in both these diseases, what I didn’t realize until I read the […]

A Novel Neuroinflammatory Paradigm For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Mackay A, Tate WP. A compromised paraventricular nucleus with a dysfunctional hypothalamus: a novel neuro-inflammatory paradigm for ME/CFS. Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2018:32:1-8. The HPA’s nexus in two important systems – the stress response and the immune system, both of which almost everyone believes are impaired in ME/CFS – […]

Narrowed Small Blood Vessels Linked To Fatigue In ME/CFS

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  The Scheibenbogen Effect With the studies pouring out, it’s getting hard to keep up with Carmen Scheibenbogen and friends in Germany. Scheibenbogen has co-authored no less than five papers on chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in 2020. With Klaus Wirth coming on board, the autoantibody testing lab there, and Scheibenbogen and company in a publishing […]

A Letter To Jeremy Hunt

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  ……and How Millions of ‘MUS’ Patients Lose Out in the NHS. By Goodelf (Part 2 in the ‘Untangling the MUS Web’ series of articles) In my first online post, “Untangling the MUS Web” – https://opposingmega.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/untangling-the-mus-web/ , I revealed how doctors, healthcare commissioners and other healthcare workers have been misled regarding the risks of adopting the current […]

Seizing the Moment: International ME/CFS COVID-19 Research Effort Begins

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   “I have sympathy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome now, and I believe this disease fast-tracks you into experiencing these symptoms.” Paul Garner – Infectious Diseases Specialist A lot of infections can trigger chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) but in some ways SARS-CoV-2 is different in ways that reminds […]

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