Could I have Epstein-Barr?

Published: January 14, 2013
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Hi, Dr. T.

My blood test result is: EBV IGM - NEGATIVE, IGG- 650. Is it possible that I suffer from chronic EBV?

Answer

Over 90 percent of the healthy adult population will show positive IgG antibodies for Epstein-Barr virus, so this test neither shows that you have it, but also does not rule out chronic EBV virus reactivation in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Basically, I consider this test to be fairly meaningless.

L&B

Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome From Fatigued to Fantastic! and his newer The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.  Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health. 

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