Researchers at the University of Calgary hope to end the belief by some that chronic fatigue syndrome is an imagined disease.
The idea behind the study is to measure the actual fatigue of muscles after taking part in physical activity.
“One thing we know is that CFS sufferers feel profound fatigue and worsening of other symptoms following even moderate physical activity,” said muscle fatigue expert and U of C Associate Dean of Kinesiology, Dr. Brian MacIntosh.
“Using our expertise in the field of exercise physiology we believe we can measure this post exertion malaise and say with certainty if an individual has recovered from exercise or if that activity is making them even more fatigued.”
Patients in the trial will take part in exercise tests similar to those given to professional or high performance athletes in order to evaluate fitness levels and recovery rates.
The hope is to find a definitive diagnosis tool for chronic fatigue syndrome and to determine whether or not it is a muscular or nervous system affliction.
The researchers are looking for participants for the study. Those interested in taking part can email email@example.com.