The University of Calgary in Canada is recruiting CFS patients for a study of muscle and nervous system mechanisms in post-exertion fatigue. They also need healthy individuals who do not exercise for the study.
The research trial will put CFS patients on a stationary bike to perform a VO2 Max test similar to trials used to evaluate the fitness level of professional athletes. The individual will pedal to the point of fatigue, at which point researchers will take several measurements including a blood sample in which lactate will be quantified. The next day the patient will return and follow the same workout protocol. I had actually had a test like this done but it was for one day only. The test results did show conclusive proof that I am physically disabled.
Dr. Brian MacIntosh, PhD said:
Most healthy individuals should be able to easily match their performance from the previous day. Since CFS patients by definition report profound fatigue from even moderate physical exertion and take greater than 24 hours to recover, we would expect to see a decrease in their physical performance and we should be able to measure that in several ways.
Researchers are hoping that with this study they will be able to determine whether the fatigue experienced by CFS patients is a result of the muscles or if it is primarily in the nervous system.
If you are interested in taking part in this study, you may contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact:
Director of Communications, Faculty of Kinesiology
University of Calgary
Phone: (403) 220-7652
Cell: (403) 852-7652