Jul 30 2008

Is Epstein Barr Virus a Trigger for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Published by Elizabeth at 5:52 am under Epstein Barr Treatments

The Epstein Barr virus is a known trigger for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Epstein Barr is the virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever. It is a latent virus that, like the herpes virus, can recur when the body is run down or under stress.

In most people Epstein Barr is a short lived virus that lasts only a few weeks, and the body’s immune system keeps it under control longer term. However in some people the virus returns recurrently for weeks, months and years.

Chronic Epstein Barr symptoms typically include fatigue, aching muscles, sore throat and swollen lymph glands. These symptoms can fluctuate from day to day. They are often bought on by stress, exercise or just doing too much.

So how do you know if your Epstein Barr virus has triggered Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The standard criteria for CFS is when you’ve had relapsing fatigue for 6 months or more, plus 4 or more of the following:

- recurrent sore throat
- swollen lymph glands
- muscle aches and pain
- headaches of a new type, frequency or severity
- waking up feeling unrefreshed
- poor short term memory or concentration
- post exercise malaise lasting more than 24 hours.

There are also other symptoms which CFS patients commonly report. These include dizziness, palpitations, chest pain, nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, constipation and changes in mood like depression and anxiety.

If you think you may have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, your first step is to get a thorough medical checkup to exclude other medical reasons like anemia, under active thyroid, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, auto immune disease and gastrointestinal disorders. You should also get some blood tests to check your liver function, immune cells, iron stores and inflammatory state.

If Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is diagnosed you will need the support of an understanding wholistic practitioner who can offer treatments and monitor your progress. There is no standard medical treatment for CFS. The best approach is to boost your immune system with the use of a healthy diet, supplements, herbs, graded exercise and stress reduction.

  • My Mononucleosis (glandular fever) Cures e-book is a sensible place to start to build up your immune system and re-claim your life. It is applicable for those with Epstein Barr as well as for those who have progressed to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. You can learn more at www.EBVCures.com
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