You still hear that chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a “mystery illness,” but that viewpoint is becoming dated. The nature and mechanisms of the disease are beginning to take shape, thanks to the ongoing efforts of researchers. Over the years, especially recent ones, we’ve learned a huge amount. Some of that knowledge points to roles that inflammation and autoimmunity may play in this illness.
To understand the research, it helps to know a little about the processes themselves.
Inflammation: Helpful and Harmful
We all know that inflammation is involved in many illnesses and injuries, and it’s rare to find a house that doesn’t contain at least one anti-inflammatory drug. We ice and elevate our injuries, to keep them from getting too inflamed.