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Why would my epstein barr virus continue to be high. Dont test positive for mono, it has been pn high side for over a year? Is this worrisome

Why would my epstein barr virus continue to be high. Dont test positive for mono, it has been pn high side for over a year? Is this worrisome

EBV: If you mean your antibody titers are high this is not uncommon and may stay that way for lifetime. It also depends upon which component of the EBV the antibodies are forming to, and also whether these are IgG or IgM antibodies. These tests are not easy to interpret and in the absent of symptoms would not worry about them. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Epstein Barr Virus (Definition)

The epstein–barr virus (ebv) is a virus in the herpesvirus family and is one of the most common viruses in humans. Ebv is best known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis, and infection with ebv occurs by the oral transfer of saliva and/or genital secretions, hence the moniker "the kissing disease". In the us, about 90 to 95 percent of all adults have ...Read more


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Is chronic fatigue syndrome caused by the epstein - barr virus?

Is chronic fatigue syndrome caused by the epstein - barr virus?

It can be: Chronic ebv syndrome was characterized by chronic fatigue. However, there are several systems & chronic infections etc that can lead to the symptoms of chronic fatigue which frequently is accompanied by fibromyalgia & myfascial pain syndromes. ...Read more

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In the past i've had chicken pox & mono which both have the epstein barr virus what are the chances of having chronic fatigue syndrome?

Same as anyone: Almost everyone has ebv infection at some point in their lives. And chicken pox is caused by varicella virus, not ebv. So just because you have had both of these infections does not make you any more likely than anyone else in the general population to develop cfs. More likely you would have other predispositions to the illness. But the answer to your question is your risk is same as all people. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have reactive nodes and fatigue after 13 years of epstein barr virus?

Is it possible to still have reactive nodes and fatigue after 13 years of epstein barr virus?

Chronic Viral infect: This is a very good question and it may not be easily answered. The research on this is still showing mixed results. The more likely scenario that we are seeing some interest is another common viral illness known as cmv. Chronic viral inflammation with CMV may be a common reason for disease. There is no definitive information yet, but we could see more as the study of viruses progresses. ...Read more

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Newly diagnosed with chronic epstein barr virus (ebv) i've been having low grade fevers. Is this what's causing then?

Diagnosis?: In most cases, what is called chronic ebv infection is really chronic fatigue syndrome, a relapsing illness found mostly in young adults, especially women, that is triggered by a number of infections but not due to them. ...Read more

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Chronic fatigue syndrome--same as ebv?

Chronic fatigue syndrome--same as ebv?

Chronic fatigue: Although some people with cfs have have some antibodies suggesting recent ebv infection, most do not. There are probably multiple triggers for cfs. ...Read more

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I had an EBV blood test done to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome, it can back positive at >8.0. Does that mean I am contagious? Really worried

I had an EBV blood test done to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome, it can back positive at >8.0. Does that mean I am contagious? Really worried

No: What you talking about probably igg level , this stay positive after infection. You may have past infection . You should see infectious disease physician. May need ebv pcr ...Read more

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Does anyone know what type of MD I need to see to help with Chronic Fatigue EBV -Barley able to get out of bed- chronic Migraines, back pain, stress?

Does anyone know what type of MD I need to see to help with Chronic Fatigue EBV -Barley able to get out of bed- chronic Migraines,  back pain, stress?

Chronic Fatigue: I would recommend that you see an alternative doctor who specializes in anti-aging and naturopathic medicine. They would need to look at your nutrition, your blood tests, look to see if you have inflammation, nutritional deficiencies. Someone who belongs to the Academy of Anti-aging should be able to help you. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a reactivation of Epstein-Barr (and associated chronic fatigue) to last >12 months? Or can this be caused by something else?

Chronic Recurrant EB: EBV can reactivate with chemo, but in nature its more controversial because tests do not help us much. In a study in nature (Lake Tahoe area) many poeple with the "yuppy flu" had highly elevated blood EBV component levels compared to a non-symptomatic population. Most of these, often disabled, improved in two years. Some have periodic reactivation or chronic symptoms. Lots of variations seen here. ...Read more

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Cbc shows lympho 18.4% and esr of 42.have low grade fever sonce 2 weeks with fatigue and body pain.neg blood culture typhoid ebv and tsh.which virus?

Cbc shows lympho 18.4% and esr of 42.have low grade fever sonce 2 weeks with fatigue and body pain.neg blood culture typhoid ebv and tsh.which virus?

More info needed: The lymphocyte count is normal or close to it (depending to some extent on what your total white blood cell count is). However, 42 is quite a high ESR. The causes you list are possible, but there probably are a hundred other health conditions that could do this. You haven't provided nearly enough information to even guess. Keep working with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long could epstein barr virus last?

How long could epstein barr virus last?

Variable : The symptoms of ebv in mononucleosis last anywhere from days to weeks and months average is about 4 weeks, but some get better in a week and others last for months.It depends on a persons immune system. ...Read more

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How does somebody get treated for epstein barr virus?

How does somebody get treated for epstein barr virus?

TREATMENT OR EB VIRU: The disease is self limiting and notreatment is neccesary, except bed rest in acute infections and oral fluids. If there is a co existing infection than treat with appropriate antibiotics.In severe cases some times we use oral corticosteroids, which reduce some symptoms and swelling precutions for few months to avoid contact sport and activities to prevent rupture of spleen. ...Read more

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Can you please define epstein barr virus in simple words?

Virus of Herpes fami: It ia a virus of the herpes family also called hepes virus 4(hhv-4) and happens to be one of the most common virus in humans it causes infectious mononucleosis hodgkins lymphoma and other cancers like burkitts lymphoma. ...Read more

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Does the epstein-barr virus cause cancer?

Does the epstein-barr virus cause cancer?

Yes.: Ebv is most commonly associated with burkitt lymphoma and hodgkin lymphoma, especially in states of compromised immunity such as HIV infection. It is also the virus that causes mononucleosis ("mono"). What is encouraging, though, is that the majority of us have been infected at some point with ebv and yet most of the time we do not develop cancer. ...Read more

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Can the epstein barr virus affect the respiratory?

Possibly.: It is possible for ebv infection to cause respiratory symptoms. In general, ebv infections are either asymptomatic or are associated with a mononucleosis like syndrome of tiredness / fatigue. In some patients (especially people whose immune systems aren't functioning optimally), ebv can cause pneumonia / pneumonitis (inflammation of the lungs proper). This is not common but is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Betty Keller
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Chronic Fatigue (Definition)

What is the definition or description of: Chronic fatigue? ANS: The definition is too long for this space. Google national guidelines for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and you will find the specific items needed to define chronic fatigue syndrome. They ...Read more


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