Happy holidays to all of you!
My question regards the possibility of a viral infection affecting my
nervous system. My neurologist has suggested the possiblity twice
following many evaluations and tests that have come back negative.
(Tests have been: MRI, nerve conduct. test, visual evoked potentials,
lumbar punct., and blood work - all neg.)
My symptoms have gradually worsened over the course of almost 3 years.
They include: numbness, blurred vision, pin ***** sensations and burning,
frequent twitching and moving of muscles, sensation of weakness in right arm
and leg, heartbeat irregularities, and cognitive problems. My right leg feels
awkward and it is affecting my walk slightly. The most disturbing symptoms
involve my muscles and have worsened very much lately. My muscles in my
upper arms, neck and legs feel hard and are very sore.
They have an exaggerated response to normal exercise - 24 hours after excercise
they are extrememly sore, much more than normal. All symptoms are about
two times worse on the right than on the left. I have no fevers or
My husband was just recovering from a bad case of Epstein Barre virus when
we married 5 years ago, and I have been wondering about the possibility
that it may be at the root of my problems.
Question 1) Would it be possible to have caught this from my husband, and
would it manifest this way? (his symptoms were very different)
Question 2) If this is a virus, are there tests to determine that it is?
Question 3) Do my symptoms bring to mind any other possibilities I could
Three years is a long time to go without an answer, and at times it is a
little frightening. I appreciate you being available to all of us.
Thanks so much,
Sorry to hear about all your problems. To be truthful, most of us have already been infected with the Epstein Barr virus (did you ever have mono as a teenager?, that is the same virus). But the answer to your first question, is sure you could have been infected by the Epstein Barr virus that your husband had. Could it be the root of all your problems, yes it could. If your physician did an Epstein Barr virus antibody (IgM,IgG level) that would help. But most likely it is not the cause, but you can never say never. Post viral syndrome is usually not this delayed in time with respect to the initial infection. The tests to prove whether a virus is the cause, would be white counts, antibodies against the specific virus, maybe a spinal tap to look at the same things in the CSF etc. Christy, frankly there are a myraid of things that could produce similar symptoms. Since all your test thus far have been negative (that is a very good thing, I know that doesn't help your symptoms) I think that maybe a second opinion to further examine you (by a good neurologist) and also another pair of eyes to go over the data already gathered. Not knowing what lab test have already been performed wouldn't allow a substitute diagnosis to go after. I would get a second opinion. Best of luck, and I hope you find an answer to your problems.
CCF Neuro[P] MD, RPS
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.