Medical professionals the world over will give you a different answer on this one, but most fibromyalgia patients feel that there is a connection between fibromyalgia and the Epstein-Barr virus.
Epstein-Barr is one of the world’s most common viruses, and is classified as a member of the herpes virus family. Most people the world over have been infected at some point in their lives, sometimes without symptoms. If the infection occurs as a young adult, it often appears as mono (or “kissing disease”.) But infection often goes unnoticed. However, those who knew when they were infected speak of the horrors of severe flu like symptoms. Some people believe that certain people who had a bad Epstein-Barr experience are likely to suffer later from it and that the virus will reactivate later in life, triggering fibromyalgia as well as chronic fatigue syndrome or other illnesses. Right now, many researchers are also looking at autoimmune thyroid disease as playing a part in both chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. But there is not a definitive answer as of yet.
What is known is that most doctors feel chronic fatigue is the result of some bacterial or viral issues, and that fibromyalgia results from a severe physical trauma, such as a bad fall, a difficult child birth, going to war, and other such unfortunate occurrences.
Furthermore, many doctors feel that both chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia exist only in the minds of very stressed people, and this does nothing to help further the research cause. When many in the medical profession refuse to acknowledge a condition, progress in treatment and prevention goes nowhere.
But a simple online search reveals that hundreds if not thousands of people feel that Epstein-Barr played a crucial role in the development of fibromyalgia. Whether the Epstein-Barr reactivated (at all) due to unmanageable stress levels or hormonal changes brought on my age and or stress remains unclear. It is just well documented in many medical forums that fibromyalgia sufferers also suffered a noticeable case of Epstein-Barr.
The search for a definitive answer will continue.
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