DePaul University is conducting a study on the nature of fatigue in ME/CFS, MS and Lupus. If you have been diagnosed with any of these diseases, please consider taking the questionnaire to help advance treatments for fatigue in relation to these illnesses by clicking here.
Personally, I love these studies. I can take it from home in my own time and it makes me feel like I’m making a contribution to the efforts of the clinicians working hard to find us viable treatments. There aren’t many of them, so I support them in every way possible, be it filling out questionnaires or donating the whopping $10 a month I can afford from my social security disability payments.
They also released the results of another recent study on the prevalence of symptoms in patients with ME/CFS. The study attempted to identify critical symptom domains of individuals with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Using patient and control samples collected in the United States, Great Britain, and Norway, exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was used to establish the underlying factor structure of ME and CFS symptoms. The EFA suggested a four-factor solution: post-exertional malaise, cognitive dysfunction, sleep difficulties, and a combined factor consisting of neuroendocrine, autonomic, and immune dysfunctionsymptoms. The use of empirical methods could help better understand the fundamental symptom domains of this illness. The pdf version of the analysis can be found here.