Scientists have discovered proteins in spinal fluid that can distinguish people with two mysterious illnesses that mimic each other – chronic fatigue syndrome and a kind of chronic Lyme disease.
Wednesday’s study is small and needs verification. But specialists called it a promising start at clearing some of the confusion surrounding two illnesses with similar symptoms and no good means of diagnosis.
“It’s a very important first step,” said Dr. Suzanne Vernon of the Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) Association of America.
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