I am a 40 year old male that has felt like garbage off an on for years always seeming to be sick. If the wind blows the right direction, I have the flu or cold or whatever the sickness of the month is.. My family is starting to think I am a hypocondriac. For the past several months, during a period of high stress, I really hit bottom. Normally I can't sit still for five minutes, now I have become a human slug feeling sick and lethargic all the time. I feel like I have the flu all the time without the fever. Severe headaches occasionally that twice resulted in hospital stays thinking I had spinal menengitis. Proteins have shown up in my spinal fluid for years. Had three spinal taps in the last 6 years all positive for proteins.
Recently after changing family doctors, my new doctor tested me for EBV and the results came back off the charts. I had Mono as a teenager so this is not a new infection. My EBV Nuclear Antigen Ab, IgG came back at 848 AU/mL, EBV Early Antigen Ab, IgG came back at 49 AU/mL, and my EBV Ab VCA, IgG came back at 2537 AU/mL. Anything over 120 in each category is considered postive. So, now that I am having a full blown attack what can be done. I was put on Valtrex 500mg once a day but after researching treatments that seems way low. I read one place that said 1000mg every 8 hours for up to 3 months.
My question, I am very conserned about all the other possible after effects of having a chronic EBV infection such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and pancreatic problems. How long can an attack last? What else I could be doing to help things along. Are there specialists in the field of treating chronic cases of EBV? Are their places I can tell my family doctor to go for more research?
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am also equally sick of finding complete garbage "Natural Cure" quackery sites. Anyone have any real help to offer I would be very interested.