New era for ME/CFS research as top cytokine study attracts media headlines
The immune systems of patients who have recently developed ME/CFS look markedly different from those who have been ill for much longer, according to a major new study from Drs. Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig at Columbia University. This shift in immune function hadn’t been seen before.
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XMRV and progesterone

Discussion in 'XMRV Testing, Treatment and Transmission' started by JanisB, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. garcia

    garcia Aristocrat Extraordinaire

    London, UK
    Good point about prednisolone being imunosuppressive, but XMRV also has a Glucocorticoid response element in the U3 region, so glucocorticoids should also increase viral replication directly.
  2. Hope123

    Hope123 Senior Member

    For those interested in this question, it doesn't address progesterone but there have been studies (even trials) of hydrocortisone and CFS in the past with some mixed results. Check out Pubmed. I would caution people to be careful about using steroids solely for treatment of CFS as there are serious side effects of long-term steroid use aside from its possible effects on XMRV.
  3. julius

    julius Watchoo lookin' at?

    I got sick when I was very young. I'm not sure when, but younger than 5 or 6 (before I can remember).

    Apparently at one time, I got a hold of my mother's birth control pills and ate the whole months worth in one shot (I guess I thought it was candy). This is a bit of a leap, but I now wonder if this had anything to do with me getting sick.

    And it also makes me wonder if women get this more because of the 'pill'.

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