Re: what's the difference...?
There is actually a significant difference between EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus) and CFS. For a long time, researchers tried desperately to find a link between the two and what they proved is that EBV is definitely NOT the cause of CFS although it may be a trigger. A lot of things can trigger CFS in someone, but it is almost always stress related (ie infections, car accidents, abuse, overexercise, overwork, etc)
EBV is the known cause of infectious mononucleosis (aka mono) which does have some striking similarities to the symptoms produced by CFS, mainly fatigue and malaise, and is how the association was made initially. This virus is self limiting and will clear up on its own, but interestingly not everyone fully recovers. In those cases, the virus probably triggered CFS and the illness remains even though the virus is gone.
Last edited by CFD 333; 07-23-2007 at 02:02 PM.