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Old 01-31-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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Possible long term virus

I'm 26 years old and I've been ill for 3 1/2 years now, it started when I was travelling in Indonesia (i've been to the tropical diseases clinic in London and they couldn't find anything), the main symptoms are sores/ulcers in my mouth and my throat and a general feeling of tiredness which can of feels like it originates in my head and ranges from feeling pretty much ok to feeling absolutely dreadful. This makes maintaining any kind of effective working an social life difficult. The tiredness is generally worse when I have the sores/ulcers although am not sure if this is cause or effect. It does feel broadly worse when i'm tired but this is by no means a predictable rule. I've had countless blood tests and noone has found anything, I eventually got referred to a chronic fatigue specialist who ruled out chronic fatigue but hypothesised it could be a lingering virus that is taking time to heal but will eventually clear up. I guess I have as a rule been getting gradually better. Anyway what i'd like to ask is does the long lasting virus theory sound likely,if so is there anything I can do to speed up the healing and if not are there any alternative explanations? No doctors seem particularly interested as there seems no obvious explanation but this has had a massive impact upon my life for nearly 4 years.

 
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:42 AM   #2
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Re: Possible long term virus

Chronic fatigue and recurrent ulcers are both symptoms that can occur with lupus, an autoimmune disorder. It is theorized that it can start after a viral infection, but the relationship is unclear. I would research lupus, read the sticky notes on these boards (lupus board) which lists many of the symptoms. Generally if you have 3 or more plus a positive ANA blood test, it is likely. The disease primarily affects young women. I would review your lab tests and see if any Dr ran tests for autoimmune diseases, particularly sed rate (ESR), CRP or ANA. If not I would ask your Dr to do these plus a urine test, CBC and chem panel for screening, then see a rheumatologist to check in more depth. Good luck. I know this is not an illness anyone wants, but knowing is better than feeling terrible and not knowing why.

 
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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Re: Possible long term virus

Well I really do not know much about the virus but I think it is an important part which we must think.

 
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