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Mono Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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
As long as you allow: Cfs results following the 6w mono syndrome where your body becomes deconditioned. Once resolved, you need to get back to your usual activities or you will stay weak. There is no illness, you are deconditioned. Get moving, improve your diet, you will get better much faster. ...Read more
Sometimes: There are certainly people with chronic fatigue who are either hypochondriacs or depressed. But there are also people who have a true chronic fatigue syndrome that isn't psychological. We don't understand it very well, but it sometimes occurs after a viral infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic fatigue!: Fatigue is difficult dx. It could be sleep, mental or physical stress. Inflammation in the body causes fatigue, as do most types of autoimmune problems. Chronic mono, characterized by the presence of early antigen, long after the original illness can cause fatigue. Any chronic viral illness, hep b, hep c, hiv, can cause fatigue. But one common, and overlooked problem is being out of shape! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Get evaluated: First get a good evaluation to rule out underlying causes for your fatigue. A complete history and physical along with appropriate tests, including cbc, chem, thyroid tests including thyroid antibodies, cpk, rf, ana, parvo, ebv, and lyme. Depending on your history and risk factors additional studies may be ordered. Treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Evaluation: First someone with fatigue should get a complete evaluation to rule out causes for their fatigue. Including tests for anemia, thyroid, infections and autoimmune. An integrative approach addressing lifestyle, diet, exercise and stress. A whole food antinflammatory diet, exercise and stress reducing techinigues are a good place to start. Supplements and medications may also be indicated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multi system: This condition, perhaps as a sequel to a viral illness, causes tiredness, muscle aching, joint pain and mental fatigue. More common in women, it can affect all age groups, responds poorly to medication, and in extreme cases leaves the patient mostly bedridden. There is no laboratory testing that makes the diagnosis. There are strong psychological underpinnings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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