Hey everyone, I'm a 23-year-old male. Does this sound like a case of EBV? I have always been the type of person who never gets colds or the flu, because I was always careful to wash my hands. Last semester at college, however, I let my guard down. I played beer games a few times where you share drinking cups. I didn't get sick until the end of the semester. I woke up the next morning with body aches, fatigue, and chills. The doctors dismissed it as the flu. Ten days later, the acute flu-like symptoms subsided. A day later, however, new symptoms came up: dry mouth (and I mean completely dry), cracked bleeding lips, night sweats for a week, and a constantly churning gurgling stomach).
My fatigue grew worse over the next few weeks. It got to the point where I was sleeping 18 hours a day. When I did get out of bed, I felt like falling asleep again. In the weeks and months afterward, I tested negative for flu, mono, thyroid problems, Lyme and HIV. It's been 5 months since I first felt sick. My current symptoms are: morning fatigue (difficulty waking up), and aching muscles (esp. neck, shoulders, back and legs). I also have had a tired feeling in my chest. It seems like I can't fall asleep before 3 AM and I can't wake up until almost 1 PM.
My question is this: Could my years of avoidance of colds and flu have made me more vulnerable to something like EBV? Meaning my immune system wasn't used to fighting off viruses, and so maybe it wasn't prepared. And also, is it possible to have Epstein-Barr virus without having mono? Do the symptoms I describe sound familiar to anyone? It's really frustrating that doctors tell me there's nothing wrong, and then prescribe me antidepressants, which don't help at all.