Patient discussion about connection

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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. Is there any connection between ADD and Autism?

I refer to ADD, not ADHD
Athere is a theory that ADD and learning disabilities are a "continuum" up to Asperger syndrome and autism. due to similarities in brain function and symptoms. mind you- it's a theory.

Q. Is there any genetic connection with fibromyalgia?

My sweet daughter Ancy is 13 years old. She is complaining abdominal pain, morning stiffness and tight muscles. She got her periods when she was 12. I am at a loss to understand whether she complains muscular pain or joint pain as joint pain in teens is very rare and cannot be seen. Of late, she complains leg pain and more particularly muscular pain. She just goes to school and comes back and is not involved in any sport to get this muscular pain. What may be the reason for this muscular pain? My mom had fibromyalgia and suffered a lot with the pain. Now I am scared whether my daughter might be the case of fibromyalgia and more importantly is fibromyalgia possible in teens? Is there any genetic connection with fibromyalgia?
A1Yes it is possible. In medical terms it is being called ‘Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome’. It is a syndrome where a person experiences musculoskeletal pain and fatigue as the core symptom. This syndrome is possible in children especially in their teens. Girls are more prone to this syndrome than guys and it is very true that fibromyalgia has genetic connection as more than 75% of patients will have a family history of fibromyalgia. Her symptoms are very much related to JPFS symptoms and you can right away consult a physician who could suggest you Cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] which is the best treatment for this syndrome. I wish her a speedy recovery.
A2Recent studies show that genetic factors may predispose individuals to a genetic susceptibility to Fibromyalgia. but that is still far away from us. there are genes that are related to FM. but it doesn't mean you daughter will have it. and yes it could occur at childhood. if you think you see signs of it- take her to a specialist.

Q. I there a connection between vaccines and autism?

My son is almost a year old and its time for his MMR vaccine. I am scared since I heard they might cause autism, is this true?
A1Here are a few movies about this issue:
http://www.5min.com/Video/Do-Vaccines-cause-Autism-7480877
http://www.5min.com/Video/Autism-and-Vaccine---Is-There-a-Link-4191283
A2There was a fear that the MMR vaccine can cause autism however after a lot of research and study the results were that it does not cause autism. The reason they thought the two were connected was because the vaccine occurs at the age of one years old and that about the same time when the symptoms of autism begin to surface.

Q. Is there a connection between alcoholism and diabetes?

A1Thanks justin. I guess that's what happend to my father...
A2Long-term heavy drinking can lead to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. this will probably affect the insulin secretion rate.

Q. What is the connection between anemia and diabetes?

are the two even related?
ADiabetes does not normally cause anemia, and the two don't necessarily have to be related. However, long standing diabetes that affects the kidneys (diabetic nephropathy), can lead to damaged kidney function and a decrease in the production of several hormones, among them is erythropoitin, which is responsible for the production of new RBC's (red blood cells) in the bone marrow. A dicrease in their production leads to anemia, and anyone suffering from chronic renal failure should receive EPO supplements.

Q. Is there a connection between ADHD and genetics?

I have a sister who has ADHD since she was a child. I was wondering if this is a genetic disorder.
A1The broad selection of targets indicates that ADHD does not follow the traditional model of a "genetic disease" and should be viewed as a complex interaction among genetic and environmental factors. However, there is yet a strong connection between this syndrome and genetics. Even though all these genes might play a role to date no single gene has been shown to make a major contribution to ADHD. Candidate genes include dopamine transporter, dopamine receptor D4, dopamine beta-hydroxylase, and more.
A2There is indeed a genetic basis to ADHD or ADD. Twin studies indicate that the disorder is highly heritable and that genetics cause about 75% of ADHD cases. Hyperactivity also seems to be primarily a genetic condition however other causes do have an effect. Researchers believe that a large majority of ADHD arises from a combination of various genes, many of which affect dopamine transporters.
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