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A 40-year-old female asked:

positive results for cmv, igg, ebv, doc says not active infection, but currently have fatigue/body aches. how serious is it? scared i wont get better

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Not enough info: Those lab results indication previous infection but no active infection. Your symptoms are too vague to give you a specific answer. There are numerous possible causes.
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Previous infection: All a positive IGG tells us is that you have been exposed to these 2 viruses in the past and your body has mounted an effective immune response. IGM would indicate an ACTIVE infection. Fatigue and body aches is likely not coming from either of these viruses but from another cause - viral, inflammation, deconditioning, poor sleep, poor diet, etc...
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
These not the issue: Almost every adult over 30 should be IgG positive for CMV and EBV. People often are after the teen years. People are often at their worst when they don't have effective sleep, proper nutrition, or work in a stressful setting. Sleep issues are an underdiagnosed cause of fatigue. You need a minimum of 7 hrs/night of effective sleep at the age listed. Perhaps a sleep study would give you some answers

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A 39-year-old female asked:

Im positive for ebv/cmv simultaneously. I dont have active infection, but have body aches fatigue, any way to know how recently was exposed?

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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
In general sense: Only in a general sense. If you have IgM antibody for either CMV or EBV, then the infection was relatively recent. If IgM is negative and IgG is positive then the infection was in the past. As everyone's transition from IgM to IgG varies, more specific timing of the infection is not possible.

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