Fatigue, mononucleosis, and MS

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/10/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, first time poster, 39YO female ... i have been suffering from chronic, crippling fatigue for about 3 months now. I have NO life outside of work and sleep. I've had to continue working full time as an RN as my DH is starting his own business and I am carrying our insurance and most of the bills. I'm on FMLA to protect my jpb but really can't afford to take more than a couple of hours of unpaid time off per week.

about a month ago, I was diagnosed with mononucleosis after several weeks of crushing fatigue. My EBV levels were through the roof. But ... I'm not convinced I have mono. I have had none of the fever, swollen glands, and sore throat that characterize mono. I did have mono at age 22, and it was a far more typical presentation.

I don't have any of the numbness, tinging, or visual disturbances, but my coordination is way off and I have a terrible time with fine motor skills like typing or dialing the telephone. I also am plagued by "brain fog" almost daily. I have zero sex drive and am completely anorgasmic, which never used to be, and DH is losing patience with me, which only adds to the stress.

I've read several articles about a correlation between EBV and MS. I do have an MD appointment in 2 days, and I know only a doctor can get to the bottom of this. But does this sound familiar to anyone else? Any help or support is appreciated.


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   Posted 9/10/2007 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
As far as I know, the "sky high" EBV levels aren't typical for MS (maybe you can offer links to those articles which claim differently? I'm always open to new information).  Being a nurse, you know there can be LOTS of disorders that mimic MS, and lots of symptoms that seem "shared" among diseases, some of which are neurological (like MS), some of which are systemic. The fatigue can happen with mono, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, untreated diabetes, Lyme disease, other bacterial and viral infections....even depression. And many of your other symptoms could occur in all those disorders, too, so you really need to get to a doctor who is willing to explore all avenues, and offer all sorts of tests to get to the bottom of what is ailing you.  Good luck with your appointment.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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