A Different Kind of Stress Shows Up in ME/CFS: Visual Stress


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Is every part of the body afflicted in some way? Sometimes it sure feels that way...This is the second study I'm aware of to show issues with the eyes - which are more than the keys to the soul...

Perception. 2015 Nov 3. pii: 0301006615614467. [Epub ahead of print]Increased Vulnerability to Pattern-Related Visual Stress in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.Wilson RL1, Paterson KB1, Hutchinson CV2.
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The objective of this study was to determine vulnerability to pattern-related visual stress in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). A total of 20 ME/CFS patients and 20 matched (age, gender) controls were recruited to the study. Pattern-related visual stress was determined using the Pattern Glare Test. Participants viewed three patterns, the spatial frequencies (SF) of which were 0.3 (low-SF), 2.3 (mid-SF), and 9.4 (high-SF) cycles per degree (c/deg). They reported the number of distortions they experienced when viewing each pattern. ME/CFS patients exhibited significantly higher pattern glare scores than controls for the mid-SF pattern. Mid-high SF differences were also significantly higher in patients than controls. These findings provide evidence of altered visual perception in ME/CFS. Pattern-related visual stress may represent an identifiable clinical feature of ME/CFS that will prove useful in its diagnosis. However, further research is required to establish if these symptoms reflect ME/CFS-related changes in the functioning of sensory neural pathways.


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Interesting, my down fall is noise (not visual) BUT when I got my neuropsy test, they said I had issues converting heard info into whatever I forgot detail. SO I wonder if the stress comes from the whatever area having issues in the brain. Just a thought. My lessions are small and white.

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