Effect of Research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


For many years, scientists have failed to agree on certain aspects of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Earlier on, many scholars in the medical field argued that CFS was not a true condition. The mode of diagnosis and treatment is another aspect of the CFS-related argument that many doctors or researchers are yet to resolve. Although many questions with regard to this condition remain unanswered to date, some of these CFS-related controversies have been resolved through scientific research.

One of the Biggest CFS Myths Debunked

For many decades, scientists struggled to discover the underlying cause of CFS. This prompted many doctors to dismiss the claim that CFS is a real disease. In 2017, scholars in Australia blew this erroneous belief wide open when they proved for the first time that CFS has a clear connection with defective immune system cell receptors. Indeed, this was a huge achievement since the sufferers of this disorder would be recognized as patients with a real disease and not just a psychological issue. Remember, diagnosing CFS is not easy. The process is long and tedious. In fact, treatment or proper care for patients may be delayed for several years, making it easy for the symptoms of the condition to get worse.

Besides proving that CFS is a real disease, the research also offered a strong basis for better understanding of the condition, giving way to improved treatment techniques and tests for the condition. Despite the fact that doctors and researchers alike acknowledge CFS as a real disease, there is no evidence-based method of diagnosing or treating this disorder. In fact, exercise and cognitive behavioural therapy are the commonly prescribed methods of treatment despite lack of scientific proof to support how they function. As a result, some people tend to imagine that these treatments may be harmful to the body.