Patient discussion about virus

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Q. Is there a connection between Epstein-Barr Virus and Fibromyalgia and where can I find information?

I was diagnosed with EBV 10 years ago and got diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Depression 5 yrs ago-is there a connection and if so where can I obtain information. If anyone can help-Thank You!
A1EBV is a herpes virus. And there are arguments from both sides if it has a connection or not to Fibromyalgia, some articles say that , some say the other. The truth is that for the patient it doesn’t mater. If you have it you have to deal with it and it doesn’t mater how it showed up. This mater to the researches.
A2Is there a connection? No.
Here's one reason why. EBV only lasts in the body for no more than 2 years and that's in severe cases. Most people only have it for about 6 months.
There's no way you could've had it 5 years ago muchless now. Once the body overcomes EBV - or any virus - it builds antibodies to protect itself. You are not at risk for contracting it again.
Initially it was believed that EBV was connected somehow to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but they are two completely different illnesses. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/
That's a good place to learn more about Fibromyalgia.
Best wishes.
A3I just read through two wikipedia articles and do not see ay connection between Epstein-Barr virus and Fibromyalgia. I have no experiences in these diseases. Perhaps you should read for your self. Hopefully someone else can better answer your question.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epstein-Barr_Virus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia

Q. can an HIV virus last when it comes in contact with air and out of the body? in what ways can i get HIV?

and what are the treatment options ? is it treatable ? and what are the side effects for this kind of treatment ?
A1This virus may be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in contact with an uninfected person’s broken skin or mucous membranes*. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/qa/qa1.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV Hope this helps.

A2HIV cannot survive air exposure. but it can live in blood samples (not dry ones). it is no longer a terminal illness but a chronic one because there are medication that can you take that stop it from deteriorating. but the side effects are severe. for more information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV

Q. One of my uncle is recovering from the flu and lower back pain. The flu was short...

One of my uncle is recovering from the flu and lower back pain. The flu was short lived - this past saturday and super bowl sunday. He felt much better on Monday and worked half a day. Monday night the pain in his back started and he thought he must have twisted wrong somehow. He took a hot bath and went to bed. The next morning, He couldn't move. He immediately went to the doctor. The doctor was a bit puzzled by the pain, but not surpised by it, because of the flu. He said there is definitely a correlation. He was completely debilitated for one entire day, laying on the floor in each room of his house. He was given an inflamatory pill and a muscle relaxer. One day later, today, He is 25% better, which tells him that its a virus and not because he pulled something. He can walk a bit without pain and know tomorrow will be even better. To all who have this problem - Hang in there! and please help!
A1Hey good luck, don't even bother going to the doctor about the back pain because my family has had the flu going around for 2 months now and I think 6 people have had it so far an they all have had the exact same back pain you are talking about and then their stomach starts hurting and they get alot better with in a week later and they are fine so if you can do as much resting as possible.
A2I just came down with a severe case of the flu and I noticed for the first time that I am also suffering from lower back pain. It is very painful even though I did not lift anything or injure my lower back in any way. This flu took me down really hard and I've been feeling miserable and wanting to die for days. There's definitely a link between lower back pain and the flu!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbLB4vc6w9c

Q. Should I Vaccinate My Daughter Against HPV?

I have a 12 year old daughter. Her School wants all the girls aged 12 and up to be vaccinated against HPV. A lot of Parents are against this vaccine. I want to know more about this vaccine and if I should vaccinate my daughter.
A1before you would like to go on with any vaccination, you should check out this very long list of links:

http://www.aegis.ch/neu/links.html

at the bottom you will also find links in english. vaccinations in general are very disputable/dubious and it is probably time that we learn about it.
A2I found this video which discusses this issue:
http://www.5min.com/Video/Should-I-Vaccinate-My-Daughter-Against-HPV-7272
A3The Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a vaccine that targets certain sexually transmitted strains of human papillomavirus associated with the development of cervical cancer and genital warts. Two HPV vaccines are currently on the market: Gardasil and Cervarix. The vaccine, protects against four HPV types, which together cause 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. The vaccine is given through a series of three shots over a six-month period. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, and ideally, the vaccine should be given to women before they become sexually active in order to ensure maximum benefit, therefore is recommended for 12 year olds.


Q. Can the flu give you lung cancer?

I heard that some viruses can give you cancer, is it true? And can I get lung cancer from the flu?
A1First of all- viruses don't "spread" cancer- they cause is. Second – there are very few viruses known to man that can cause cancer and the Flu is not one of them. Some viruses can insert their genetic material inside our infected cells genome, and sometimes they insert it in the middle of an important gene that helps us prevent cancer. When it does so it stops our cell defense system against cancer and cancer can evolve.
A2No, you are right that some viruses can inflict cancer (mainly because they enter the cell and change the genome) but the flu is not one of them. A good example for a virus that can do so- Human Papiloma Virus. It's considered as one of the main causes of cervix cancer.
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