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Are Slow Theta Brain Waves Common in pwME/CFS ?

Discussion in 'Neurological/Neuro-sensory' started by Wayne, May 26, 2015.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Senior Member

    Ashland, Oregon
    I ran across the following, and was wondering if "excessive slow wave activity" is something that's been documented in pwME/CFS, or if it's just this particular blogger's opinion.

    Persons with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD), head injuries, stroke, epilepsy, and often chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, are often observed with excessive slow wave activity (usually theta and sometimes excessive alpha). When an excessive amount of slow waves are present in the executive (frontal) parts of the brain, it becomes difficult to control attention, behaviour and/or emotions. Such persons generally have problems with concentration, memory, controlling their impulses and moods. They can't focus well and exhibit diminished intellectual activity.
  2. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

    It is likely that there's a connection.
    I guess the resulting brain waves are a consequence of the severe issues going on with fibro and CFS.

    States like anxiety and hyperexcitability are usually characterized by beta/gamma waves and can be balanced with activities that induce slower rhythms (calm music, meditation, deep breathing etc...)

    Drowsiness, lack of focus, etc... are very likely to be related with low alpha / high theta states, unfortunately it's much more difficult to reverse them with specific activities. Especially when the cause is a lack of physical energy, inflammation, hormonal imbalances etc...

    In the past I've experimented with transcranial EM stimulation. It can help correcting both brain fog and anxiety to a degree, but it's not a definitive solution.

    There're both pros and cons: it can substitute various treatments, it's non invasive and it should be safe, although I am not aware of long-term studies. The cons are lack of comprehensive research, expensive machines or treatments and in general it's not for everyone. Some people may benefit from it, others not much.

    Here's an article on pain reduction via TMS
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