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EBV Reactivation And Related Health Issues

Chronic and re-activating EBV can wreck havoc on the immune system, giving rise to a myriad of health issues.

Although 90% of the population carries the Epstein Barr Virus in their systems, only a small percentage are plagued with EBV reactivation, and related health issues. Most of these secondary conditions are relatively harmless. However, certain cancers have been associated with chronic EBV.

Epstein Barr Virus is known to most people as the ‘kissing disease’ or ‘mononucleosis’. Usually contracted as a teenager, this herpes virus is remembered by most as a 1-2 week stint of bed-ridden fatigue, and a scorching sore throat. Think of it as life’s introduction to the ‘irony of romance’.

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The EBV is a wiley little bugger. The reason it never leaves the system is due to its ability to mask itself as human DNA. The body does not rid itself of its own DNA, therefore the virus although dormant, hangs in there for life.

For a few unlucky individuals the EBV will awaken from time to time, and throw their immune system into crisis. This is where secondary health issues come to the forefront. These can include, but are not limited to:

EBV Reactivation And Related Health Issues*

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ~ although this is really a ‘catch all’ term, the symptoms mimic the EBV itself, including; extreme fatigue, sore throat, aching joints, low grade fever ect.

  • Viral Labyrinthisits and other inner ear infections ~ this is the cause of vertigo for me when I have a ‘flare’. Not treatable with antibiotics (only bacterial infections can be treated with medication), one must simply wait it out. It will often clear up in several days, or 1-2 weeks.

  • Hodgkin’s-Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and other cancers ~ Rare but not unheard of, cancer can be a result of latent EBV.

  • Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis ~ IBS can be linked to the EBV’s inflammatory result in the intestinal tract.

  • Multiple Sclerosis/MS ~ Nerve tissue is attacked by the virus in the body.

  • Hashimoto’s Disease ~ new studies are finding a link between EBV and low thyroid disease.

Maintaining a healthy immune system is one of the best defenses against latent and chronic EBV. Make sure to:

  • eat well

  • reduce stress wherever you can

  • stay out of viral hot beds if possible (hospitals/day care centers/elementary schools/Dr. offices)

  • get any help necessary to combat depression


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  • Reply
    Stephan Zev
    July 20 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Kristine,

    Thanks for this post about EBV! I’ve noticed more practitioners like Anthony William (author of ‘Medical Medium’) believe it to be the cause of many, if not most diseases. While I think that might be taking it too far, EBV may be a bigger deal than we think it is and thus should be given more attention. Thanks!

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      July 20 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Stephan! Exactly, while it’s not the cause of a lot it gets blamed for, I think it’s definitely the culprit in more than we know! Appreciate the comment 🙂

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    Sharon Hutchinson
    July 23 at 6:56 am

    I can remember when Epstein-Barr was not even accepted by most of the medical community, especially as a possible culprit of CFS (and even that wasn’t accepted for a long time, as so many of us had learned). When CFS first hit me-and of course no one could figure out what was wrong-it was in the seventies. For unexplained reasons, about 2-3 times a year the horrendous fatigue would hit me without any explanation. Getting through the day, flopping into bed whenever I could, and that weird pain behind my left ear that signaled things were going to turn bad–so puzzling. And then it would leave as suddenly as it came.
    When I first read of the Epstein-Barr virus it seemed like a very possible candidate for these attacks. Plagued with a recurring cold sore since early teens, it made me realize how some viruses operate. When under stress or ill from something else, that darn little bugger would pop out on my lip. Though it didn’t occur with the fatigue attacks, it reminded me of how many viruses lay in wait for the chance to manifest.
    Now unfortunately CFS is almost a daily struggle, though there are periods of remission. I don’t know if it’s Epstein-Barr or not, but the virus is a candidate. It took way too long for the medical community to finally give it recognition, and then it was belittled by being called “The Yuppie Flu”. This article makes me wonder what else it may be responsible for, if indeed it is the culprit in my case. This article is very informative. Thank you for posting it.

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      July 23 at 2:28 pm

      You are welcome Sharon! A EBV flare is always signaled by that pain near my ear too! It always helps to hear how others have similar experiences, as so much of our health issues are ‘guessing games’ 🙂

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        Sharon Hutchinson
        July 24 at 8:22 am

        What is that pain? Never have been able to figure it out. My husband the nurse used to say it was coming from the mastoid. It does seem that way but that doesn’t make any sense. My belief is that it is somehow related to a lymph gland (or glands). If anyone ever finds out what causes this very odd and painful sign that a big flare is on the way, please let me know. It is a signal to me that I had better just get into bed and rest as much as possible.

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    Chelsea W
    July 25 at 1:23 pm

    A large number of people afflicted with Lyme disease have EBV as well. Just so odd.
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    Brandi Clevinger
    July 26 at 5:48 am

    You’ve posted a lot of information about EBV, and I’m learning a lot about it. I didn’t realize how common it is, and how it can disguise itself to lay dormant. Our bodies are so mind-boggling!
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      July 26 at 2:17 pm

      RIGHT?!? Like I said, that EBV is a ‘wiley little bugger’! 😉

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    July 26 at 9:43 am

    Very interesting information! It seems more and more research is discovering that these things can be reactivated. Hepatitis B is another that can be reactivated as well although most doctors won’t admit this. The drug companies manufacturing the biologics knew this a long time before the general public was aware of the risks and this is why the drugs they make consider previous infections such as these a contraindication to starting that class of medications.

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      July 26 at 2:19 pm

      YUUP! It’s all about ‘Big Pharm’. I bet if they put as much $ into studying the underlying cause of these diseases, as they do into treating them symptomatically with drugs, they would more than likely find a cure! Thanks for this Pippit 😉

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    July 31 at 8:51 am

    Kristine, add me to the list of the above commenters, I too am very intrigued by this. When my AI gets really bad I get the pain in the mastoid behind my right ear, which is the side my blood clot and stroke was on. In fact, they thought I had mastoiditis for some time. I also had Mono really badly as a teen, the only reason I got to stay home and not be hospitalized was that my mother was a nurse. I missed an entire summer, for more than 30 days I slept, and it took the rest of the summer to recuperate. I’m going to look more into this, thanks so much for researching and doing a post on it. I think that the times when I have the mastoid pain is when I end up being bedridden or having to use a wheelchair. Interesting!

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      August 1 at 6:08 pm

      I know exactly what you mean Nikki! That ear pain is a tell tale sign for me that my EBV has flared. I was just into the Dr. the other day, and as soon as I told him about the ear and jaw pain, he said “Yep, that’s the EBV acting up”. I hope more research is done to verify this. Thanks as always Nikki! 🙂

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        Sharon Hutchinson
        August 2 at 9:27 am

        So that’s what it is! Since the ’70s this has always puzzled me. My hubby, who is a nurse, thought it had something to do with the mastoid because of its location. Sometime I must have picked up EBV and it is still in residence in my body. Well, one mystery solved. And it’s a sure sign that I should heed the warning–slow down or, more often, simply collapse. If I don’t listen to it, I find myself battling to keep my eyelids open and my head drooping. It is very insistent. And if continued to be ignored, I WILL fall asleep, either at the keyboard or in the chair. Almost falling to the floor after being jolted awake is the final incentive to get into that bed!

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          August 2 at 6:35 pm

          Hi Sharon! Let me say, it MAY OR MAY NOT BE EBV, but please consult a physician before assuming it to be EBV. Unless of course, you have done that. It takes this form for me when I have a flare up, but different things manifest differently in individuals.
          For yourself, and anyone reading this, remember that I AM NOT a trained medical professional. This site deals strictly with my own experiences/opinions/ and advice. NO opinions or advice on this site is meant to take the place of professional medical care. (PLEASE READ MEDICAL DISCLAIMER HERE AND HERE )
          Okay, that being said, listening to your body when it tells you slow down is a great idea!

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