Can Epstein-Barr Virus Cause Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

epstein-barr virus cause fibromyalgia

An estimate of 90% of adults have been infected with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) at least once in their lifetime. In general, EBV causes mild symptoms and come and go. It is possible that some people may not even be aware that they had the infection. However, for certain people, the virus can produce more severe and recurring symptoms which can last years.

Fibromyalgia patients falls in this group of people who are more vulnerable to EBV. The virus could be the root of some of the unexplained fibromyalgia symptoms.

What is Epstein-Barr Virus

Epstein-Barr virus belongs to the herpes family, known to cause chickenpox and cold sores. Similar to other viruses, EBV is contagious and spread through saliva and body fluids. EBV infection displays symptoms like:


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  1. says: Cheryl Toole

    I know that EBV definetly caused my fibro. I was diagnosed with fibro after my 4th battle with EBV in three years. I still suffer from fibro symptoms and now after a 28 year remission I have an EBV attack again; infectious Mononucleosis. Now I am not only in pain all the time now I have extreme fatigue to go along with it. What fun!

  2. says: Kathy

    Chronic EBV, reactivated EBV, elevated EBV. Fibromyalgia with a list of 50 symptoms; some continuous and some intermittent. Anemia, face pain, shoulder pain and neck and sinus pain. Muscle pain, tremors and double vision with right and left gaze. The list goes on! 17 years now. All after having dental work. Beyond Done with this ! Doctors think its all in your head or hypochondria

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