Originally Posted by momma0111
epstein-barr showed up in my blood work and I have never had mono I did have shingles 5x's prior to epstein-barr and have been diaganosed with fibromyalgia. my question is are the 2 related and why do youhave epstein-barr in your blood work?
I also have tested positive for Epstein Barr. I broke out in a severe case of hives in the summer and went to an allergist. The Allergist was also a specialist in Immune Disorders. He told me that the hives were from Epstein Barr. I went for a lot of blood work and the results came back positive. The doctor told me that Epstein Barr is related to the chicken pox virus. He explained that if you have had the chicken pox, the chicken pox virus stays in your body forever. It lies dormant until it comes in contact with something else. If you come in contact with someone who has the chicken pox then the virus will reactivate and become shingles. If you come in contact with someone who has an active case of mononucleosis, then the virus mutates and the result is Chronic Fatigue/Epstein Barr. If my understanding of this information is correct, you don't necessarily have to have mono in order to get Epstein Barr but you do have to come in contact with someone who has an active case of it.
The scary part of this is that science doesn't really know how many other disorders the Herpes Zoster virus can cause when it becomes reactivated or mutates. There is some research going on into this but not enough.