Scientists from King’s College London said that CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) or ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) can be caused due to an overactive immune system. ME is a disease that shows symptoms like sleep disturbances, muscle pains, profound fatigue, etc. These people are over-responsive to infections and diseases.
Many patients suffering from ME or CFS say that these kinds of diseases began with small infections or colds as a challenge to their immune system. 55 patients who suffered from Hepatitis C were examined. The scientists from institutes of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience were involved in these. They gave them a drug that led to a similar response to a virus would create or an infection would affect.
From those 55 patients, 18 had an overactive immune system. They had a stronger immune response to medication. These patients developed symptoms like CFS in their bodies. The scientists said that such patients feel extreme tiredness for a very long time. The scientists measured the immune makers and fatigue in the patients before, during and after the treatment and tracked the patients who developed the persistent ME-like symptoms.
Prof Carmine Pariante, a senior researcher said that this like a light in the fog and a direction of the travel. These are like the first results for identification of the risk factors to catch the illness in the early stages, though screening is a long way.
ME is said to affect about 250,000 people in the UK. It causes joint and muscles pains, sleeping problems, fatigue, infections, etc. For the patients suffering from these diseases, it can get really difficult to live. They find it so difficult to carry out the regular activities as well. They always feel tired and less energetic. It can be cured by with proper care and lifestyle changes in the diet.
As per Dr. Charles Shepherd of the ME Association, this research is very helpful and has proved that the immune system plays an important role in causing CFS or ME. NICE, the health watchdog is going to upgrade its guidelines about ME/CFS but may not publish until 2020.