A new study published this week confirms the negative effects of chronic fatigue syndrome – yes, that same disease quoted by many lazy underachievers to justify their passivity is actually an issue with some.
Often chronic fatigue syndrome patients are not taken seriously. However a new study offers hope for such patients who suffer from this peculiar ailment. People with chronic fatigue syndrome feel tired despite taking adequate rest for long periods. Such patients suffer from muscle pain, joint pain, and also short term memory loss or dementia.
According to CDC, detecting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is extremely difficult. No amount of blood test or brain scans can identify the state of a patient suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It all boils down to one point, Doctors have to eliminate other ailments with similar symptoms.
Researchers affiliated to the Stanford University compared the Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging of 15 subjects suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome with scans of 14 completely healthy patients of the same age and gender. The researchers found out that subjects with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome had slightly less White Matter in their brain as compared to the brains of normal subjects. White matter can be considered as paths through which different parts of the brain communicate with each other.
The researchers also found aberrations in a particular tract in the right hemispheres and discovered two connection points in the brain of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome subjects which were thicker than those found on the healthy patients.
Study author Dr. Michael Zeineh said in a statement:
“The differences correlated with their fatigue — the more abnormal the tract, the worse the fatigue. Most CFS patients at some point in time have been accused of being hypochondriacs and their symptoms dismissed by others. And there is still skepticism in the medical community about the diagnosis. That’s one of the reasons these findings are important.”
The findings of the study were published this week in the Radiology journal. It was a small study and needs further research to confirm the results and also offers hope for persons who are silently suffering from undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome. At the same time though, people should be wary when drawing a line between laziness, overexerting and chronic fatigue – not every instance of feeling tired or uninspired means you’re suffering from it, just as how the condition isn’t
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