From Solve ME/CFS Initiative.
Note: the use of “CFS” in this article reflects the nomenclature used in the studies referenced.
New research published in Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior found ventricular lactate (lactate present in cerebrospinal fluid) might serve as a biological marker of underlying brain dysfunction for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), and those with a dual diagnosis. The study, titled “Elevations of ventricular lactate levels occur in both chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia”, also found evidence for a unitary hypothesis of the pathophysiology of CFS and FM – that is, they are different presentations of the same condition.
The study was authored by Dr. Natelson, of the Pain & Fatigue Study Center at Beth Israel Medical Center, in conjunction with pain specialists, clinicians, and quantitative experts. The team used neuroimaging to measure ventricular lactate in subjects across three diagnostic groups – FM only, CFS only, or CFS plus FM – and compared to healthy controls. A modified version of the 1994 Fukuda (CDC) criteria was used to select CFS patients.
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