Chronic fatigue sufferers could benefit from new research

Chronic fatigue manifests itself in many ways
Chronic fatigue manifests itself in many ways

Research conducted at a Wigan hospital is making advances in treating those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Dr Raymond Perrin, the lead clinician and researcher for a treatment called the Perrin Technique, which is designed to combat the symptoms of ME- has recently completed the project at Wrightington Hospital.

The research, carried out in conjunction with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust and Lancaster University, is now complete and insights into the life-limiting disease are set to be published in the summer.

Sue Capstick, practice principal at The Bridgeman Physio and Sports Injury Centre in Wigan, said that she is “very proud” that the ground-breaking investigations have taken place in the region.

Ms Capstick, who is an advocate and practitioner of The Perrin Technique, said: “This is a bonafide research project done on our own turf.”

The aim behind the technique is to reduce the amount of toxins which become trapped in the fluid around the brain and the spinal cord.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a clinically defined condition characterized by severe disabling fatigue and a combination of symptoms including disturbance in concentration and loss of short-term memory, disturbed sleep, and musculoskeletal pain.

Since there is no accepted means of diagnosis by blood or urine tests, doctors tend to diagnose CFS or ME just by means of exclusion, when there is no other explanation. Up until now no accepted clinical signs or diagnostic tests for this condition have been produced from scientific studies.

As a result, clinicians must decide how long to keep looking for alternative explanations for fatigue before settling on a diagnosis of CFS.

The month of May marks CFS/ME month and Friday, May 12 is ME awareness day. In line with this, and the news of the coming research findings, the Bridgeman Centre has announced that it will be taking part in Wigan 10k to continue support for those suffering with the disease.

Ms Capstick said: “We are hoping to get the go-ahead for one of my young patient’s fathers to walk a mile in an old lead-booted deep sea diver’s suit. This is to highlight the daily struggle to even walk or get out of bed that a lot of ME suffers face. With the slogan ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’. This will be a fantastic fundraiser and awareness event.”

Dr Perrins’ results are expected to be published later this year and it is hoped that the findings will lead to tests that have been shown to be valid screening tools soon being implemented within the NHS to help doctors diagnose the disease.

The technique, which is now used by around 50 practitioners in the UK, uses massage to help clear the brain of extra toxins and reduce symptoms.