Could Mitochondrial Dysfunction Be a Differentiating Marker Between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia?

Researchers found that both CFS/fibromyalgia patients have low Coenzyme Q10 levels and low ATP levels, and increased levels of lipid peroxidation (which is an indicator for damage caused by oxidative stress).

In addition fibromyalgia patients had low levels of two mitochondrial enzymes and a mitochondrial protein, and reduced levels of mitochondrial DNA content, while all of those were normal in CFS patients. Therefor mitochondrial dysfunction-dependent events could be a biomarker to distinguish between FM and CFS.