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Another Look At The Fibromyalgia-Virus Connection

Can you trace the beginning of your Fibromyalgia symptoms to a time shortly following a virus you contracted?

Time to take another look at the Fibromyalgia-virus connection.

This is a topic we have discussed before in relation to the Epstein Barr Virus.

Recently, a reader sent me an email sharing with me that she developed FMS symptoms after a bout with Fifth disease back in 1972.

Fifth disease is a viral infection causedย by theย parvovirus B19, and is most oftenย contracted in childhood although, adults can contract it as well.

It is usually fairly mild in nature, but like the EBV, can cause long-term health issues in some adults with already weakened immune systems.

In fact, the complications sound eerily similar to arthritis and FMS symptoms.

Specifically; pain and swelling in the joints of the hands/knees/feet.

Many healthcare professionals deny that viruses can linger in the system and cause problems such as Fibromyalgia.

Another Look At The Fibromyalgia-Virus Connection

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Well, we know (some of us personally) that many physicians deny the reality of FMS altogether!

But, even the CDC lays out the issues of Fifth’s disease regarding the FMS like symptoms as being real.

So, how far of a stretch is it to assume viruses like these develop into what we know as Fibromyalgia?

Well, if indeed one of the causes of your FMS is a virus that lingers around your Vagus Nerve, it can’t hurt to purposely exercise the nerve to help strengthen it:

Do viruses that linger around the Vagus Nerve have the potential to cause Fibromyalgia? Click To Tweet

 

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One of the reasons I developed FMS and CFS was due toย a re-activating EBV virus I contracted long ago.

Has your FMS diagnosis been connected to a virus?

If so, what was it?

Did your doctor offer any advice regarding treatment and/or healing methods?

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Bronwyn
    April 28 at 6:12 pm

    Thankyou for this piece; as I feel very strongly that Yes, our FMS is secondary to “some virus”. For me, it can of many/few. I did have a very Bad case of Chicken Pox when 15, and have been exposed to this same virus many times over the later years (working with children in the hospital environment, and with my own children, who also succumbed to the same very badly, too). I know nothing re The Fifth Virus, but am wondering if for us here in Australia, if it may be similar to what was known “as childhood febrile rash”, as after having read the symptoms etc, they sound Very similar. It was a childhood illness that started with cold/flu symptoms for a few day, very high fevers and a rash, and then subsided. The usual treatment was treating the fever and symptoms, but know that we never went to a Doctor, (main reason being that we were too far from any town, so Everything was treated by Mum and Dad,), and then similarly with my children, I just used my own Nursing skills to treat most of my childrens’ ailments. Hence this is very informative and interesting for me.

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      kristine
      April 29 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you Bronwyn! I had never heard of it either. So glad we are more informed now ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Brenda
    April 29 at 4:19 am

    For me , I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in Aug. Of 2010 and Fibromyalgia about a year later. Sometimes I still question if it is still the Lyme Disease and not Fibromyalgia.

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    Sharon Hutchinson
    April 29 at 7:31 am

    I can’t remember a particular incident of illness (doesn’t mean it didn’t happen) but something must be responsible for this horrible disease. It just doesn’t spring out of nowhere. We need so much more research but it seems we are way down on the list for funding, unfortunately.

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    Sy
    May 1 at 11:23 am

    Hi Bronwyn you know my story so well , I know for a fact my illness started with some kind of flu type virus , fever sore throat aches and pains in muscles and joints , lasted for weeks but eventually I felt better but left me with a painful point in my neck ( to the right of my thyroid gland ) pain and discomfort in jaw teeth ear roof of mouth .a few months later I woke up and felt I had been hit by a truck!!! So many awful symptoms and dreadful fatigue pain all over my body, eventually diagnosed with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia .19 years later correct diagnosis hashimotos disease !!!

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    Kim
    May 1 at 6:45 pm

    That’s very interesting to me. I had Fifth’s disease as a child and never thought to connect it to my fibro. Great piece. I’ll be doing some more research!

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      kristine
      May 1 at 8:01 pm

      Interesting Kim! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Melanie
    May 9 at 10:26 am

    After two bouts with EBV, the first bad and the second one horrendous, I eventually developed fibromyalgia. The second bout of EBV landed me in physical therapy for about 9 months and I swear to this day I would be in much worse shape than I’m in now. Between the 2 bouts of EBV, we had several deaths/major medical conditions within our family and close circle of friends. I believe the emotional stress/trauma allowed the EBV to hit with such vengeance the second time around. My central nervous system is messed up from the virus and I now have fibromyalgia. I strongly believe that the factors listed above are responsible. The only medication I take is Xanax and Neurontin at night for what I call night tremors. Neurontin during the day if I’m really bad. I take a ton of supplements and last month added CoQ10 and d-ribose into,the mix. It seems to have lessened some symptoms for now. The CFS is always present. I’m thinking of adding osteo bi-flex into the pile of pills……

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      kristine
      May 9 at 9:49 pm

      Hello Melanie! The emotional traumas we go through can be just as bad if not worse than the physical ones. Hope the osteo helps…keep us informed ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Melanie
        May 9 at 11:16 pm

        I will. Any little bit of improvement can feel wonderful! It was actually through other fibromyalgia and CFS blogs that I found the other 2 supplements that provided some relief.

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      Sharon Hutchinson
      May 10 at 8:10 am

      Melanie-I’ve been through two nervous breakdowns, suicidal ideation etc. The deaths of a number of loved ones coming very close together no doubt also played a huge part. Emotional/mental stress is probably the worst of the factors affecting illness and the body’s ability to fight the bad guys. Right now my stress is and has been through the roof for years and everything has turned itself up to “high”. My pain specialist told me if I could move away from this awful place, my pain levels would likely go down about 50%. Easier said than done, but it’s great to know that others are going through very similar situations. I am not alone!

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        Melanie
        May 10 at 10:50 am

        I have often told people that I believe stress, whether physical or emotional, plays a tremendous role in how various deseases affect the body. I’m often dismissed with “but not THAT much!” But I stand firm in my belief. And once you have a chronic condition, it is even harder to control your stress response. Unfortunately, due to all my testing to find out what was wrong, I developed a terrible medical phobia and anxiety. Thankfully, there are blogs like this so others feel they are not alone!

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          Sharon Hutchinson
          May 10 at 11:21 am

          Sometimes the Internet is what keeps me going and let’s me know I am not alone. This website is a Godsend.

          Due to a horrible experience with a hysterectomy, medical care and lack of any real concern on doctor’s part, (hint, hint, my story was put up on a website for all to read) I too have a phobia about docs. Fortunately I have found one good one, a DO who looks at the whole person, not just the chronic pain. But anytime I see an operating room, even on TV, I get very upset and the memories come back.

          Chronic stress has an impact on the immune system. I don’t understand why people can’t get that. Also cortisol and other stress hormones, especially when they are pumping at levels much higher than normal on an almost constant basis.

          People don’t believe me about the stress either. In the time I have lived here (almost six years) I have ground my teeth to where they have cracked and look like toddlers. Have to wear a night guard and if I forget, I automatically grind away. Even with the night guard, I have started biting my lower lip. Had extreme hair loss in a short period of time, losing at least 1/3 of my hair. I have also developed trichotillomania or compulsive hair pulling, which has made the hair loss even worse. Like a bird that plucks out its feathers. Yes, I’m a mess.

          So next time someone makes light of stress, please continue to let them know what it can do. All of this happened since we moved to “hell” and haven’t the finances to leave (yet).

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    Melanie
    May 10 at 10:36 pm

    Haven’t checked into the the cortisol issue. I’m. not sure what that does. It’s a long process putting it all together. Right? I’d love it if someone finally did!

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    Melanie
    September 21 at 12:12 pm

    Same here. I had a very bad bout with recurring EBV. So mich so, I could barely walk. After going through every conceivable test, which left me with a horrible medical phobia, my doctor said EBV. I still didn’t believe that it could cause that much damage, so I went to a neurologist. He promptly put me in physical therapy to help the nerves. 9 months. But I have fibromyalgia as a result from the virus and extreme stress.

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      kristine
      September 22 at 6:03 pm

      So sorry Melanie! I know how you feel, that EBV is a destructive little bugger!

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    Lovie
    November 19 at 7:35 am

    2 years ago on a Sunday evening I went on a jog through the woods with my 20 year old nephew. When I got back, I felt weird, not well. The next morning I crawled to the bathroom and went to sleep on the floor half way there. For 9 days I thought I was dying. 3 emergency room visits, multiple doctors and no diagnosis. It was hell! Finally I started to be able to get up for small amounts of time, longer and longer each day. I now live with EVERY symptom of fibro. I’m a shell of what I used to be and the constant confusion is horrible. 41 year old single mom of a 5 year old and 2 self owned businesses. I still don’t know what triggered this nightmare although I wad under a lot of stress. I’ve buried a husband and a child so ptsd may be a part of it but I also need to note that after my run through the woods that Sunday, I had 2 fang marks on my hip. They were there for weeks and were 2 aligned dots about an inch apart that my mom said looked like a snake bite. I’ve recently read something about people who have went under anaesthesia and it flipped a switch in their brain and the symptoms dissipate. Has anyone else heard of this or any other relief from this nightmare? Thanks in advance for reading my story๐Ÿ˜

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