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Straining Muscles Could Cause Flare-ups in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently examined the effects of muscle and nerve strain on patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

The study, published in PLOS ONE, included 60 individuals with CFS and 20 without the disorder. Participants engaged in a variety of leg raise exercises, some strenuous and others that did not cause strain. During the exercises, they reported the severity of symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Lightheadedness
  • Body pain

The researchers also contacted the participants 24 hours later and asked them to report their current symptoms and level of discomfort.

Those with CFS who completed the strenuous leg raises reported increases in body pain and difficulty concentrating during the test. During the follow-up, these individuals reported more instances of lightheadedness and overall increased symptoms.

The results of the study are prompting researchers to explore the effects of exercise and physical exertion on the increase of CFS symptoms. The team is looking to develop physical therapy programs to improve the CFS patients’ neuromuscular function and potentially decrease symptoms or prevent flare-ups.

Qualifying for Benefits with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Difficult — We Can Help

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition without standard methods of testing and diagnosis that produce concrete results. Therefore, many doctors are reluctant to diagnose the syndrome and end up keeping disabled individuals from obtaining Social Security disability benefits. If you or a loved one suffers from CFS, call the Disability Help Group to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates today!

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