I know we've discussed this before some time back but I thought I'd start a new thread on the subject, as I just can't find where. During the XMRV Workshop this week, Cleveland Clinic twittered during Judy Mikovits's presentation: "Judy Mikovits: We know this is a hormone-related virus, that's why we see it in younger patients [around puberty]." I have been a sufferer for 17 years. I was extremely ill and housebound for the first 18 months. I then sort of functioned on a push-crash cycle. At that time I would describe myself as a "mild to moderate" patient. During two pregnancies, the rush of hormones were like a miracle cure...I'd suddenly find myself full of energy, only to get very very ill, literally within hours of giving birth, including many complications, which I won't bore you with the details of. Now with early menopause I have gradually been going down hill. My symptoms are far more "neurological" than they were before and would now certainly put myself in the "moderate to verging on severe" category at times. I don't often leave the house...and that's only when I really can't get out of it. I've been to see my gynaecologist so many times in the last three years that I've lost count. He briefly tried me on HRT which didn't agree with me. Bio-identical hormones were never discussed or even suggested. He also referred me to an Endocrinologist and my thyroid etc are fine. Can any of you out there, who are more scientifically minded, and lightyears ahead of me on this condition, share any information? Thanks!!!