Antivirals/ Antibiotics/ Immunomodulators

The role pathogens play in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is controversial. Although the disease is often triggered by an infection some researchers believe the triggering infection is simply the last stressor that tipped the patient over into disease. Others believe that undiagnosed and untreated infections from pathogens such as EBV, HHV-6A, Enteroviruses, Borrelia (Lyme disease), and others are playing a major role in the disease.

Still others believe that endocrine and immune dysfunctions caused early in the disease set the stage for latent viruses to reactivate themselves. While these viruses may or may not cause chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) they could exacerbate its symptoms greatly.

Given the wide variety of ME/CFS patients it’s possible that all the above scenario’s are correct. In some cases the ‘last infection’ simply was the straw that broke the camels back. In others an undiagnosed active infection is making others ill. A good deal of evidence also suggests it’s not uncommon for chronic fatigue syndrome patients to display increased ‘loads’ of opportunistic pathogens .

Whatever the scenario, antivirals have worked very well for some patients, worked somewhat well in others, and not at all in others more about their role in ME/CFS

Dig Deeper: Check out the Symposium on  Viruses in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dig Deeper: Check out the two-part interview with Dr. Chia on enteroviruses and ME/CFS

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