My sister recently told me that she tested positive for a virus that causes chronic fatigue. I know this isnt' a thyroid disorder, but I know that a lot of you have a lot of info, so does anyone have any ideas what this is so I can research it.
I think I may have it too.... <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">
Well, that's what I was wondering. She said that you get it from having your immune system compromised. In her case it was from a rough pregnancy. In my case, I am the most sickly person I know.
Her doctors said that it will go away by it self, but it may take 2 months to 2 years. There is no cure for it, and it is named after some person. A mans name.....the John Doe Virus. I just don't remember the name. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">
One of the common causes of CFS is the Epstein-Barr Virus that causes mononucleosis or "Mono". Is that the one? Since there are such close ties between CFS and thyroid, I don't se why this can't be answered here. I had Mono as a teen and I think that that may be a contributing factor to some of my thyroid and fatigue problems.
I had thyroid-like symptoms long before I got Mono, but it was after I got Mono that my health and energy started to slowly decline until I was diagnosed with low thyroid a few months after I turned 30.
As far as I know, from spending time at CFS/Fibro boards, there is no definitive blood test for diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is thought to be a neurological issue and not viral. Having a positive lab result for say, Human Herpes Virus or Epstein Barr is not any indicator that you now have CFS as many who test negative for the same virus' also present with the same symptoms for CFS.
It is thought to be a neurological issue because it effects more of the cognitive abilities than say fibro which is a fatigue/deep muscle pain problem.
There is however some conclusive results when a particular brain scan(PET)is done on patients presenting with the symptoms of CFS. Many reveal a certain highlighting in an area of the brain that is not seen on patients without these symptoms.
The Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndome(CFIDS) website can provide much information regarding this medical issue.
Soem people take even longer than two years to get over te Epstein-Barr virus. It causes problems similar to CFS and thyroid problems, and I remember reading somewhee that people who have had the virus are more susceptible to CFS and thyroid problems. It has been months since I read it. Do a search on <A HREF="http://www.***********" TARGET=_blank>www.***********</A> using Epstein-Barr and Thyroid and it comes up with some interesting reading.
The connection between Epstein Barr and CFS is vague. It would be pretty hard to find someone who won't test postive for having had mono at some point in their lives. There is a test to see if you are currently active with mono.
However there are, to date, no conclusive findings that
if you have active Epstein Barr, you have CFS. The only new research I have read is that sufferers with CFS have more cognitive impairment by larger percentiles than those with fibro. This is why they have looked at CFS as a possible neurological disorder as opposed to an immune deficiency only.
the Epstein Barr virus does NOT go away, once infected, you're stuck with it for life, but it lies dormant. A lot of people are infected with it and dont have any problems. I did a lot of research on the Epstein barr virus because I believe it is the root of a lot of my problems. It causes mono and is linked with chronic fatigue, it is related to the herpes-virus family.<p>[This message has been edited by NicoleJeannette (edited 01-14-2002).]