A Herpesvirus for Fibromyalgia?


Senior Member
Active Herpes Simplex Virus Found in FM Patients’ Guts

A New Virus for Fibromyalgia (and ME/CFS?)
Despite Pridgen’s success at getting a large trial together, we’ve been missing a significant piece of data – evidence that the herpes simplex viruses he’s stated that he believes are causing FM (and ME/CFS as well) are actually present. A recent study, “Gastric herpes simplex virus type 1 infection is associated with functional gastrointestinal disorders in the presence and absence of comorbid fibromyalgia: a pilot case–control study“, published in the Infection journal, reports they are – and not just in fibromyalgia.

The study, led by University of Alabama virologist Carole Duffy, examined gastric biopsies from 30 people who met the criteria for having both a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID) and fibromyalgia, 15 people with an FGID but not with FM, and 15 control patients who had undergone an endoscopy for something other than a functional gut issues (GI bleed, anemia, hiatal hernia, cancer, etc.).

Continue: https://www.healthrising.org/blog/2022/05/04/fibromyalgia-herpes-simplex-virus-gut/
HSV-1 is usually associated with oral herpes, but it can also spread to the genitals through oral sex. Most people know not to kiss or share a drink while a cold sore is present. The same goes for not performing oral sex while a cold sore is present.
  • HSV-1 is mainly transmitted by oral-to-oral contact, causing oral herpes (including symptoms known as cold sores), but it can also lead to genital herpes.
  • HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted infection that causes genital herpes.