Scientists Discover Robust Evidence That Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Is a Biological Illness

Scientists Discover Robust Evidence That Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Is a Biological Illness


Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as
myalgic encephalomyelitis is disease, a biological disease, that has symptoms that range from
extreme fatigue and headaches to problems concentrating as well as
muscle pain– very broad range of symptoms, And up to two-and-a-half million
Americans are thought to have it. What we’ve found is that there are changes in the blood that we can use to identify individuals in the
early phases of the disease, and by early we mean three years or less
after the onset of symptoms and we believe that these types of blood
tests may be able to help clinicians make a
diagnosis more rapidly. Up to 70 percent of people have a delay in their diagnosis for at least a
year and sometimes more than 10 years. It’s really important to get the diagnosis as early as possible so that
we can at least begin to be thinking about treatment strategies. We found evidence that strongly supports for the first time I think in a very
large cohort of subjects that we are seeing a disorder that is not psychological but
is biological. Patients are often left wondering why they’re just not getting better maybe
they’re not trying hard enough and pulling up on the old bootstraps it is something that is not a matter of a will to get better, it’s a matter of a physical condition that is preventing people from getting
better. The disease has distinct stages and probably there are distinct
treatments that are appropriate for those different stages. We can
measure this in the blood with a blood test this can bring individuals who have been denied a diagnosis and denied
recognition of their illness it can bring them to an early diagnosis that may in addition tell us something
about what’s causing their illness and how potentially to treat it.