Question about Epstein Barr, so-infection with Lyme and RMSF

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   Posted 5/15/2014 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. Been battling debilitating exhaustion, and co-infections for RMSF and Lyme. A recent Lyme test showed the Lyme still present, but in reading my chart on line (I see the doctor on Monday) I saw this, a test run for Epstein's showing that I had a value of 591. Can somebody shed some light on this? Thanks.

Code\Description Value H/L Reference
Unit Status Lab
096230 EBV Ab VCA, IgG
EBV Ab VCA, IgG 591.0 H 0.0-17.9 U/mL Final 02
Comment: Negative <18.0
Equivocal 18.0 - 21.9
Positive >21.9

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   Posted 5/18/2014 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
IgG without IgM means you had this infection in the past

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   Posted 7/14/2014 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I may be able to help you out a bit. I had what I assume is the same blood test on my EBV levels when looking for all viruses as a cause of my symptoms. My EBV levels were well over 600. My doctor told me that the lab quit counting after 600 and that it was a sign of a reactivation, as I had mononucleosis five years ago. Any level above 21.9 indicates a reactivated virus. Under 18 means you have not been in contact with EBV in your lifetime. 18-21.9 is where EBV levels should be in patients that have had mono in the past.

He prescribed me Valtrex 1g/2x daily and I have been on it for about a month and a half and have not experienced any relief. I had a blood test Thursday to see if my EBV levels have gone down but have not heard back yet. I also had a Western Blot done and am waiting on that, as I believe it is Lyme due to a low CD-57 count and Lyme symptoms for over a year now.

I feel like I'm rambling and no help but I have read that Lyme can reactive viruses, as EBV never goes away. But so can stress and other factors as the virus is not well understood.

You could ask your doctor what they think about antiviral therapy for the EBV along with the Lyme treatment. I have read that antiviral, antifungal, antibiotic, and supplemental treatments in combination with one another are best in treating Lyme.
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