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Hope For ME Patients As Immune System Study Challenges Stigma That Chronic Fatigue Is 'all In The Mind'

Monday 17 December 2018


From UK newspaper the Independent:


Jessica Taylor-Bearman
Jessica Taylor-Bearman was 15 when her ME
got so severe she had to be fed by a tube.
(Photo: Jessica Taylor-Bearman)

Hope for ME patients as immune system study challenges stigma that chronic fatigue is 'all in the mind'

First look at sufferers before they fall ill suggests overactive immune system can put them 'on trajectory' to years of exhaustion

By Alex Matthews-King
Health Correspondent
December 17, 2018
© 2018 Independent.

A test to identify people at risk of debilitating chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalopathy (ME), and minimise its impact has seen a breakthrough, scientists have said.

Researchers from King’s College London have shown for the first time that patients who go on to develop a CFS-like symptoms have a measurably overactive immune system and are primed to over-respond to infection.

The roots of ME/CFS are poorly understood. Many sufferers can trace their condition back to an initial viral infection, but by the time the condition has been established, blood tests come back normal.

This leads to a frustrating process of elimination in diagnosis with many sufferers struggling to be believed or understood by health professionals unable to find a cause.


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