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Facts About Epstein Barr's Disease

written by: Victoria Trix • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 10/3/2009

Epstein Barr’s Disease is a chronic fatigue syndrome, often misdiagnosed or dismissed by many in the medical community as common stress. These are the facts you need to know about Epstein Barr's Disease.

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    Epstein Barr’s Disease is characterized by long bouts of debilitating exhaustion, general body aches and severe susceptibility to infection, Epstein Barr's Disease is also commonly misdiagnosed as a psychosomatic or depression disorder, and initially treated by prescription of anti-depressant medication.

    In truth, the conditions of Epstein Barr's Disease may be an excellent argument for locating and having a long-standing relationship with one doctor who administers all care for you and your family. The sufferers of Epstein Barr's Disease who are the most immediately treated seem to be the one’s whose doctor knows them very well and can generally dismiss any initial impulse to diagnose as just “overworked”.

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    Who is at Risk for Epstein Barr’s Disease?

    Epstein Barr's Disease is actually a variant of the mononucleosis (“mono”) virus, which almost everyone, up to 95% of the population, in America has been exposed to. Where the distinction between Epstein Barr's Disease and common mono is made is in that an infection of mono is typically a one-time condition, which is temporarily debilitating, treated, and is resolved. Unfortunately, in 35 to 50% of all cases of mono infection in subjects between the ages of 12 to 25 the disease never actually resolves itself. It becomes dormant and re-emerges periodically throughout the rest of the person’s life.

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    Causes of Epstein Barr’s Disease

    The typical victim of Epstein Barr's Disease is one who is a workaholic and known to burn the candle at both ends. With this type of personality, the dismissing of their symptoms as stress related and a possible depression disorder is even more frustrating. Epstein Barr's Disease absorbs every ounce of energy, and unfortunately, the type of personality usually afflicted with the disease cannot stand to lie low and wait for it to go into remission. In fact, the personality of the typical Epstein Barr's patient is usually a detriment to their own recovery, as they jump right back into their old routine as soon as humanly possible, while their immune system is still at low function, and the result is additional afflictions and complications.

    Epstein Barr's Disease sufferers have a permanently impaired immune system and suddenly find themselves very susceptible to colds, flu, respiratory infections, bladder infections and a host of other “common” conditions, which, when occurring on a periodic basis and with typical level of severity as is with most people, would be manageable. Unfortunately, the hallmark of the disease is that it dramatically amplifies every illness, rendering the patient to extreme exhaustion for several days for what would be a common cold to someone with a healthy immune response.

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    Treatment of Epstein Barr’s Disease

    There is no known cure or specific treatment for Epstein Barr's Disease. Treatments involve management of the symptoms and the accessory infections that accompany the disease, although many patients are finding relief and an increase in remission periods by conferring with a doctor who administers potent vitamin injections as a course of preventative treatment. Patients have reported overall improvements in how they feel day to day, as well as lower incidents of viral infections when put on a regular regimen of vitamin injections.

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    Sources

    cdc.gov from the article: Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis Last updated Nov. 28, 2008

    EMedicine.com from the article: Mononucleosis and Epstein-Barr Virus Infection Last Updated: Aug 12, 2008