Lactic acid

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Lactic acid is a biologically important acid and a by-product of anaerobic metabolism. The conjugate base of lactic acid is called lactate. Most of the time, the term "lactic acid" refers to L-lactic acid, the form of lactic acid produced in animals. Some bacteria produce a different form, called D-lactic acid. There is evidence that lactic acid in animals may be an important fuel for myocardial energy metabolism.[1]

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Elevated blood lactate has been found in both resting ME/CFS patients[2] and following exertion. ME/CFS patients with higher elevated lactate at rest may have more severe post-exertional malaise after activity.[2]

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  1. Chatham, John C (Jul 15, 2002). "Lactate – the forgotten fuel!". The Journal of Physiology. 542 (Pt 2): 333. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2002.020974. ISSN 0022-3751. PMC 2290415Freely accessible. PMID 12122132. 
  2. 2.02.1 Ghali, Alaa; Lacout, Carole; Ghali, Maria; Gury, Aline; Beucher, Anne-Berengere; Lozac’h, Pierre; Lavigne, Christian; Urbanski, Geoffrey (Dec 11, 2019). "Elevated blood lactate in resting conditions correlate with post-exertional malaise severity in patients with Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic fatigue syndrome". Scientific Reports. 9 (1): 1–9. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55473-4. ISSN 2045-2322. 

post-exertional malaise (PEM) - A notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small physical or cognitive exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others.

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