Chronic Fatigue Not A Virus

For no reason that I understand my daughter gets hit with periods of extreme fatigue. These episodes make it difficult for her to function.

Being unable to get out and about can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration. Where does this fatigue come from?

Fatigue is an issue for people who suffer chronic pain. I’ve noticed that it is common for parents to report that their children have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well as pain issues.

If this is you, I thought you might be interested in some new research into chronic fatigue that just cropped up on the ABC News Website.

“Virus theory for chronic fatigue” by Nonee Walsh (ABC News 6/1/12) explains that the theory that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was caused by a virus has now been abandoned.

While this isn’t exactly a break through or great news at least one avenue of thought has been explored. Looking at it positively we are one step closer to working out what it really is.

Don Staines, from ME/CFS Australia points to some other possiblities on the horizon.

Dr Staines says it is not all bad news for CFS sufferers though, because of a new study from Norway.

“The whole scene has now changed direction markedly, as they are now suggesting this could be an autoimmune disease,” he said.

The Norwegian study used a drug already in use for autoimmune diseases, reporting it was also effective in treating chronic fatigue syndrome.

“It is probably the best evidence that anyone has come up with ever in this,” Dr Staines said.

So maybe 2012 will be the year when those suffering from chronic fatigue see some solutions emerging. Fingers crossed.