According to an article entitled, "Spinal fluid proteins distinguish lyme disease from chronic fatigue syndrome" which you can read by clicking on the following link: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-spinal-fluid-proteins-distinguish-lyme.html , it has been found that people who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have
protein abnormalities in their spinal fluid which are not found in people who do not have the condition. One of
these researchers, "Dr. Schutzer, states: "spinal fluid proteins can likely be used as a marker of disease, and this study provides a starting point for research in that area. "One next step will be to find the best biomarkers that will give conclusive diagnostic results," he says. "In addition, if a protein pathway is found to influence either disease, scientists could then develop treatments to target that particular pathway." It will be interesting to see what the research indicates about CFS,especially if these researchers come to the conclusion that people with CFS should be viewed as having a disease. If this occurs it will not be those who have been afflicted by this terrible medical condition who will look like dummies will it?