Aug 25 2009

Are Epstein Barr Virus symptoms the same as Mononucleosis symptoms (mono)?

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Epstein Barr (EBV) is a common human virus that causes mononucleosis (mono). EBV has also been associated with some rare cancers like Burkitt’s lymphoma and nasopharyngeal cancer. Epstein Barr virus symptoms can relapse when you are run down or under stress.

Many doctors use the terms EBV and mononucleosis interchangeably. Other doctors will diagnose you with EBV when your blood test results come back positive for the virus but you are not showing the classical mononucleosis symptoms of sore throat, swollen glands, fever and malaise.

Some people do exhibit chronic Epstein Barr symptoms many months or years after their diagnosis. Recurrent Epstein Barr virus symptoms typically include fatigue and muscular and neurological symptoms like muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, numbness, brain fog, palpitations and weakness.

The natural treatment for Epstein Barr symptoms is aimed at fighting the virus and repairing damaged tissues and glands. An effective treatment approach is targeted at:

  •  boosting the immune system in order to fight the virus
  • repairing the adrenal glands and resting the body so as to improve energy and stamina
  • cleansing the liver and the lymphatic system which are often congested.

For chronic ongoing Epstein Barr virus symptoms, attention should be focused on a holistic approach including stress management, graded exercise, regular massages or body work, and a healthy immune boosting diet. The help and support of a holistic doctor or qualified naturopath is essential in order to monitor progress and ensure future relapses do not occur.

These therapies are discussed in the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.



5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Are Epstein Barr Virus symptoms the same as Mononucleosis symptoms (mono)?”

  1. My2Gulls says:

    I have tested positive for the EB virus but the doctor said I had it more than 6 months ago. Over the past month I have been having severe muscle pain and fatigue. The pain has been in my arms and legs and so dabilitating that I was unable to function normally throughout the day. I am currently on a prescription NSAID and the pain is managable but do not want to exceed this prescription. Could this be recurrent EB symptoms?

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi there,
    Sorry to hear you are suffering from bad muscle pain and fatigue. The Epstein Barr virus is a latent virus that can recur when you are run down or under stress, so it is possible that you are suffering a relapse. It could also be post viral syndrome – some people do take a few months to get over the infection.

    The NSAID may bring you temporary relief but it is not getting to the cause of the problem. I recommend you try a high dose magnesium supplement which acts as a muscle relaxant. Epsom salt baths which are naturally high in magnesium would also be excellent (2 cups to a hot bath before bed). For your fatigue you need to rest your body, repair your adrenals with vitamin C, a B complex and magnesium and eat an immune-boosting diet based around good quality proteins, plenty of fresh vegetables, natural oils and pure water.

    Hope this helps.

  3. Anna says:

    Hi Elizabeth

    I’m trying to buy your ebook – but for some reason the paypal won’t except my visa. Can i pay without going through paypal. I’m a british army wife living in SA and my mail (CC statement doen’t come through for 3 weeks. I’m desperate for your book I’ve been so ill for the last 2yrs that I’m at my whits end! I’ve tried using my debit card & visa card(both UK cards and I’ve got money in both accounts but pay pal will not process either!!! Please help.

  4. Tanya says:

    I had Mono as a small child (age 6) and was hospitalized. They gave me penicillin (which I had to take occasionally as a child for strep throat), but suddenly had an severe allergic reaction that landed me in the hospital for 4-5 days. My body and face were covered, even the palms of my hands and soles of my feet, with large raised “mump” type spots. I recovered after 30 days indoors, resting after returning from the hospital.

    I am now 49 years old and have had ongoing severe muscular pain and bone pain. The bone pain is my arthritis, but the muscle pain has been a mystery. They have finally decided it may be fibromyalgia after testing for many things over the years.

    My question: Do you think they could be related in anyway after all these years?

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Tanya,

    Sorry you have been suffering from bone and muscle pain. I have seen many patients who have developed these conditions after mono. Here is a post that you may find of interest:

    Kind Regards

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