ME Brain Research – May

During ME Awareness week (May 9-15th) the Sussex & Kent ME Society is highlighting a recently published study that compared the brain activity of ME or Chronic fatigue syndrome patients with that of healthy controls.

The results showed a clear difference both in the strength of brain activity and in the position of the activity in the brain. In ME patients there was decreased brain electrical activity suggesting that the brain is in an inhibitory or dampened state and that activity in the right frontal region and left occipital region were significantly different.

The authors point out that the findings published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment matches up with clinical features in ME because these regions are responsible for problem-solving, decision making, motivation and planning.
John Creswell of the regional charity said, “This important study adds to other research that has shown abnormalities in brain functioning. Many of our members describe that they feel that their brains are just not working properly causing significant problems with concentration and working memory along with delays in sorting information and slowed responses.”
Myalgic encephalopathy (ME) or Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that can sometimes follow a viral infection or trauma is classified as a neurological disorder. Symptoms include profound physical and mental fatigue, concentration and working memory difficulties – mild confusion, muscle pain, sleep and mood disturbances, gastric and vision problems.