Invest in ME Conference 12: First Class in Every Way
OverTheHills wraps up our series of articles on this year's 12th Invest in ME International Conference (IIMEC12) in London with some reflections on her experience as a patient attending the conference for the first time.
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Virus Onset = Antiviral?

Discussion in 'Antivirals, Antibiotics and Immune Modulators' started by sb4, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. sb4

    sb4 Senior Member

    United Kingdom
    Is it the case that if your symptoms started after a virus, you should seek antiviral treatment?

    For me it started after awful tonsillitis and freshers flu.

    Is there anyway to test this easily ie LDN?
  2. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

    If you take some blood tests to identify any ME/CFS-associated viruses in your body that are chronic active infections (as opposed to past dormant infections), then you can try some antivirals or immunomodulators to fight these active viruses, and some studies have shown this can bring some improvement in ME/CFS symptoms.

    Details about the most important viruses to test for are given in the roadmap of chronic fatigue syndrome treatment (see the section: "1st Round Tests: Common Microbial Infections in ME/CFS").

    In the case of herpes family viruses like Epstein-Barr virus, HHV-6 and cytomegalovirus, Dr Lerner's study found that antiviral treatment needs to be taken for around 2 years before major improvement manifests. In the case of enteroviruses like coxsackievirus B and echovirus, oxymatrine treatment can bring improvements within two months.

    Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is not a test for viruses, but a treatment for ME/CFS. Note that LDN may not work unless you also take vitamin D3.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2018
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