An Overactive Immune System Can Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Scientists in the UK just published an insightful study which explores the link between an overactive immune system and chronic fatigue syndrome. The team at Kersenbrock Medical and Wellness would like to share what these findings might mean for you.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Those with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)  experience extreme tiredness, inconsistent sleep patterns, and sometimes even pain.

Until now, there are been no definite causes of this condition, and it has often been attributed to genetic and environmental factors.

Interestingly, more women than men are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Right now, there are no proven remedies for this condition, and there is no cure.

New Findings for Medical Potential  

The study, published just days ago, found that exaggerated immune responses can trigger long-lasting fatigue.

Lead researcher Carmine Pariante prefaced the findings, explaining that many individuals who are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome remember an illness or infection before experiencing their fatigue-inducing symptoms.  

In this study, participants had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. As they went through treatment, researchers measured their blood for identifying CFS markers. Interestingly, about 1/3 of participants developed chronic fatigue syndrome after successful treatment.

Of this relationship, Pariante says, “What this data strongly suggest is that people that develop CFS in response to an infection, they do so because their immune system is primed to hyper-react.”

These new findings have incredible medical potential for individuals living with chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Currently, those with CFS manage their symptoms using pacing techniques. By organizing their day strategically, individuals are able to rest when necessary without too much disruption to their daily activities.

While pacing has been effective for patients, this new study solidifies the link between the immune system and chronic fatigue system and points researchers in a direction for possible pharmacological targets.  

Kersenbrock Medical and Wellness: Resources and Education

The team at Kersenbrock Medical and Wellness is eager to share, outline, and analyze new medical breakthroughs for our community. Together, we can all be more informed about our health!

Have a medical question? Call our office at (407) 732-6920

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