Think You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
If you have or think you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia, here’s what to do:
Have your doctor run blood work to determine if you have one or more viruses.
When a virus or viruses are present, your body will create antibodies to fight them. Those antibodies can be detected in blood work.
The most common viruses found in CFS and Fibromyalgia patients are Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (HCMV), or human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6) infection.
If any of these viruses appear in your blood work, you are a candidate for antivirals.
The most common antivirals are Valacyclovir and Famvir.
The antivirals don’t kill the viruses. They stop the virus from replicating. That means you have to stay on the antivirals for a long time — a year or two is common. Cells die off in your body on a regular basis and new ones are created. As your cells die off, the virus leaves with it, and since there is no more replication, the new cells are virus free.
When you start the anitvirals you may get much, much sicker. It could last as long as two weeks. Try not to give up.
IMPORTANT — When your doctor runs the blood work for the viruses, the antibodies will likely appear in a category, which I like to call `the ghost of virus past.’ Your doctor will say that the antibodies in your blood work are left over from when you DID have the virus in the PAST and nothing can be done NOW.
Antivirals won’t work your doctor will tell you. This is where the traditional medical community has it wrong for whatever reason.
This is often where the discussion breaks down between you and your doctor. You will ask to be given antivirals and your doctor will refuse. The doctor will tell you some variation of- the tests say you don’t have an infection- there's no evidence antivirals work -or you don’t know what you are talking about, you patient, me doctor.
So now you have a choice — listen to your doctor and continue as you are; roam aimlessly from doctor to doctor trying to find one that will treat you with antivirals, or find a doctor who is experienced in treating CFS with antivirals.
If you think your doctor is open-minded enough, you might try giving them information from these sites: