This is what the CDC is spending their money on (yawn). It's not what I would spend my money on in this disease but it does reveal some interesting stuff. First - no surprise, here; ME/CFS patients take alot of medications and supplements - about 6 different ones on average (and many of these people are not seeing physicians). Second - many of the medications they're using are designed to tone down (not boost) activity in the body; check this out - CFS patients were significantly more likely to use anti-anxiety drugs, muscle relaxants, sedatives, anti-histamines, pain relievers and anti-acids (?)(from all that fried food in the South?) than the other groups. (They also used more anti-depressants but I don't know if they increase CNS activity or diminish it). In any case this little study suggests to me that many people are trying to turn down an overactive system. They all seem to be trying to 'turn down' something; relax the muscles, relax the CNS, turn down the pain receptors....Interesting. I think that's interesting because that's what I'm trying to do much of the time - turn the system down so it can relax and build it self back up. Use of medications among people with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy persons: a population-based study of fatiguing illness in Georgia. Boneva RS, Lin JM, Maloney EM, Jones JF, Reeves WC.