Some researchers speculate that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FMS) could have a common cause. One researcher says that cause is nitric oxide and that it is also responsible for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Martin Pall, PHD, is a professor of microbiology at Washington State University and started looking into ME/CFS after he was diagnosed with it.
The essence of his theory is that short-term stressors cause a build up of naturally occurring nitric oxide, which starts a vicious cycle and leads to long-term illness.
It's important to remember that this protocol is experimental and has not been scientifically proven. A growing number of studies, however, support the theory of dysfunctional oxidative pathways, and some people who've tried the protocol say it has worked for them.
The information here is not intended to either support or refute Pall's theory but is here to inform you about available theories and treatment protocols so you can make informed decisions. It's important to include your doctor in your treatment decisions and to be monitored for any changes to your health.