Does the term ‘Herpes Virus’ strike fear and loathing in your heart?
So, is one of the many Herpes viruses responsible for your Fibromyalgia and CFS? First, let’s dispel some of the myths & prejudices against that dreaded term: ‘Herpes Virus’...
There are 8 Herpe Viruses known, not just genital herpes~
Not all Herpes are sexually transmitted~
Most people (90%) have a form of Herpes virus living in their bodies, so it is NOT some form of deviant condition belonging to a degenerate minority~
Basically, don’t freak out if you or someone you know is diagnosed with Herpes. In fact, did you know that the Epstein Barr Virus (most noted to be a common cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), is really one of the Herpe Virus strains?
Known as Human herpes virus 4 (HHV4), it is one of the most common viruses found in the general population. Epstein Barr (aka HHV4) is also known as mononucleosis. And again, while not necessarily the sole reason for CFS, many of those who test positive for EBV, will develop CFS/ME.
This ‘Ted Talks’, is worth the watch. This young woman, who has manifested severe symptoms of the disease, gives an excellent, informative presentation:
It’s funny how doctor’s have no problem believing in EBV. Why? Well, because HHV4 has definite ‘biomarkers’. These are measurable substances in an organism whose presence is indicative of a disease or infection.
At this time, CFS and FMS have no known biomarkers. This could possibly be due to the fact that CFS and FMS are often a ‘dumping ground’ diagnosis.
In other words, the diagnosis is often given when a series of symptoms are present, but no definite lab test shows positive for certain diseases. This is why diseases such as Lyme are often misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia.ChronicFatigueSyndrome and Fibromyalgia are often a 'dumping ground' diagnosis. Click To Tweet
Is One Of The Many Herpes Viruses Responsible For Your Fibromyalgia and CFS?
Make sure if given a FMS/CFS diagnosis, that your doctor tests for the presence of HHV4. The problems could be arising from EBV latent activation (like mine).
If you do have HHV4, make sure to take extra pre-cautions during a flare to not pass it along. It seems to be controversal whether or not the virus is contagious in its latent re-activation stages. I’ve read ‘yes’, but my doctor has told me it is not…better safe than sorry. This means: no kissing, no sharing utensils, no sharing drinks/food, ect. Nothing where saliva can be exchanged.
Keep spreading ‘awareness’. Be pro-active with your diagnosis and condition. Become the premiere ‘expert’ in your own healthcare with information, resources, and the pursuit of a physician that is the right one for ‘you’~