What's the difference between CFS and Epstein-Barr? I've heard them used interchangably (even by doctors), but I've also read about them on the internet, and it seems like they're two separate things. Can someone clear this up for me?
I have Epstein-Barr, and I've basically had a flare-up of it for almost a year now. I've been taking a multivitamin and Vitamin B Complex to keep it at bay, and it actually is doing wonders, but if I forget to take my vitamins for more than a day or two, I feel the severe fatigue again, and the glands in my armpits start to swell again sometimes.
Is it the flare-ups that are called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?" Are they just two names for the same thing?
Last edited by SentenceDoing; 07-18-2007 at 02:33 PM.
As far as I know CFS is considerd to be possibly due to the legacy in some people of the EBV virus. It is damage that the EBV virus leaves behind afterwards, the legacy of it not the same thing. Many people can get EBV, Glandular Fever or Mononucleosis and not get CFS.
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.
I wonder if doctor's are referring to a symptom of EBV (being chronically fatigued) & not actually referring to having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
I too have tested positive for EBV. If you've ever had Mono in your life, it will show up in blood tests. Mine showed past infection & a recent infection. That was in 2003 & I wouldn't doubt it if new blood tests would show a recent infection because I just had a bad flair with swollen glands, sore throat & fever.
To answer your question about CFS being similar to AIDS. A lot of the symptoms are alike but CFS isn't life threatening.