Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising
They said people with ME/CFS were just more sensitive to their bodies or were hypochondriac's or whatever but it's not true. People with ME/CFS who report they have a cold actually have a cold - and they get more upper respiratory infections (URI's) than normal. This is the second time this finding was found but this time they actually swabbed the patients and found, yes - they were suffering from an infection.
[/fright] That's an intriguing finding given the recent breakthrough in easily determining the number of infections we've been exposed to...Maybe people with ME/CFS do get more infections than the normal bear. If they do that would indicate a problem probably in the innate immune system is present (no!).
Background: Previous research has suggested that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients report more upper respiratory tract illnesses (URTIs) than controls.
Aims: The present study aimed to replicate and extend this research. Method: A prospective study of the incidence of URTIs was conducted. This was similar to previous work involving diary studies but also included objective measures of illness severity (e.g. nasal secretion; sub-lingual temperature) and infection (virus isolation from nasal swabs and antibody changes). Fifty-seven patients with CFS, diagnosed according to the 1994 CDC criteria, were recruited randomly from a volunteer panel compiled of patients who had attended the Cardiff CFS outpatient clinic. A further 57 individuals without CFS were recruited from a general population research panel.
Results: The results confirmed that CFS patients report more upper respiratory virus infections and the virological results showed that this was not due to a reporting bias but reflected greater susceptibility to infection.
Conclusions: This increased susceptibility to infection in the CFS group can account for the increased reporting of URTIs found in this and previous studies.