#MEAction just published an article about a case study recently released by DePaul University. While the case study involved the results of one man, it was performed based on a 50 person blinded study from Stanford which showed similar results. This study was performed with a qEEG/Loreta which “uses complex math to localize brain activity deeper in the brain down to a millisecond time scale.” What they discovered while scanning the brain of the 43 year old male patient who met both the Canadian criteria as well as the DePaul Symptom Questionaire for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, was a deregulated state of the functional connectivity networks.
The paper’s conclusion indicates:
These deregulated states represent the brain during nonoptimal functioning, rendering it inefficient for most types of information processing functioning, whether it is executive functioning, memory, perceptual reasoning or information processing speed. When phase lock is significantly less than normal, as in this data set, the ability of the brain to sustain commitment of resources to mediate different functions is severely compromised. Phase shift duration in this data is also hypoactive, meaning that significantly less neurons are being recruited to perform a function than normal. The results here indicate slowed verbal comprehension, executive functions, perceptual reasoning, processing speed and memory, the sum total of which is known as cognitive impairment.
While it is important to note that this is only a preliminary study that will require larger studies for confirmation, these results differ significantly from that of controls (healthy patients) and it does not appear that the information appears helpful for treatment options so much as it appears to be a hope for another avenue toward a definitive means of diagnosis. They state that it cannot be the only means of diagnosis because it’s not the only neurological disease to cause cognitive impairment of this kind, however, if combined with other diagnostic criteria, it could be quite useful.
As an ME/CFS sufferer, I feel a slight bit of relief that they are finding definitive proof. I am so tired of hearing people compare their own brain farts to the level of cognitive impairment I deal with and I’m glad there’s finally proof that was I go through is quite real and there’s a reason why it only continues to get worse. Perhaps one day they will discover the whys and wherefores and will be able to do something about it. A girl can dream, right?