Epstein-Barr Virus: a prime henchman with C.Pn. in MS and CFS
This abstract caught my eye, given the second-hand knowledge of MS I have picked up here: Dysregulated Epstein-Barr virus infection in the multiple sclerosis brain
It is also known that elevated EBV titres are common in CFIDS -- so common, in fact, that during the early outbreaks around Incline Village, it was called "Chronic Epstein-Barr" for a while.
This just struck me as very significant intellectually, but also personally, since it seems likely that there is some problem in my family with the way we handle EBV
- my grandson and a nephew both had mononucleosis twice, which isn't supposed to happen,
- my granddaughter has several neurological problems resulting from her bout of mononucleosis (we're waiting to see how much she regains over time; it just happened)
- my daughter has elevated EBV, along with some unexplained neurological symptoms
- I have elevated EBV, along with my CFIDS and some degree of dysautonomia.
I think it's well-established that there is a connection between MS and CPn, so what's the deal with EBV, then? Will all of us with CNS-related CPn diseases need to do a course of Valgancyclovir to clear the EBV, or will our bodies regain the upper hand once the CPn is eliminated? Do any of you long-term CAP veterans have before/after EBV titres you could check?