Re: Epstein Barr and OR chronic fatigue?
Once again, CFIDS is a complex illness and is not just about being tired all the time. The fatigue associated with CFIDS is profound and often every bodily system is affected in some way, at some time, as well.
A high percentage of the population has had EBV, so this alone is not a determinant of CFIDS. Because more people are now developing this curious illness, thankfully, more research is now being done. There is no cure, to date, but issues can be addressed as they arise.
I have located a true CFIDS specialist in NY (not just a doc who calls him or herself that!) If you suspect you might have CFIDS, I suggest you do as much research as you can and also try to find someone really knowledgable about this illness in your community. Unfortunately, uninformed Doctors often use the diagnosis of CFIDS as a catchall when they don't know what else to call something. There are other conditions that have symptoms similar to CFIDS - allergies, Thyroid issues, Lupus, etc. - so the first thing you may want to do is rule out these and other possibilities.
Last edited by peregrine; 01-14-2006 at 04:25 AM.