Patient discussion about HHV 4

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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
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