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stormbri stormbri at rain.org
Thu Apr 27 11:13:15 EST 1995

	I contracted Mononucleosis some six years ago and have had reoccuring symptoms 
including fatigue, sore throat, mild fever, and possible some short term memory loss.  I have 
done some reading on EBV (I should warn I am an electrical engineer, not a doctor or bio 
major of some type) and there is alot of mixed converstaion as to whether or not EBV is 
directly responsible or even partly responsible for my symptoms.  From what I haveread, 
Cronic Fatigue Syndrome can only be diagnosed by proving that it is not anything else.  So, I 
went to my doctor last time (1 week ago) I had symptoms and he ran a series of blood tests 
and a throat culture (I had a sore throat and a low grade fever ~2 degrees above my norm) 
which did not indicate any unusual bacterial involvement.  Now, I am aware that at my age 
(28), that an EBV antibody test is a waste of time because virtually everyone is positive by 
this time, only to be compounded by the fact that I had already had mono.  So, my question is 
this:  since mono (EBV) causes the b-lymphosites to reproduce in a cancerous sort of fashion, 
could not a test be derived to check into my b-cell count to attempt to see if there is 
currently any EBV activity?

	This all stems from the statement of my doctor that he could not easily verify my 
symptoms origins.  Is such a test feasable? and would it be enough of an indicator to give a 
diagnosis?  (provided of course that I don't have some form of leukemia or other blood 
disorder).  I realize that there are probably many things that can cause an increased b-cell 
count, but can you differentiate between healthy ones and EBV modified ones?

Just wondering.
Robert Weitkamp
stormbri at rain.org

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