Chronic Epstein-Barr

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What is chronic Epstein-Barr?

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a member of the herpes virus family and one of the most common human viruses. EBV causes infectious mononucleosis. If symptoms persist beyond a few months it is frequently called chronic EBV infection.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic Epstein-Barr

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with chronic Epstein-Barr

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
fatigue (5) chronic Epstein-Barr (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
chronic Epstein-Barr (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(FeraMAX)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)

Data from patients with chronic Epstein-Barr, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chronic Epstein-Barr

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth energy crashes 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (5) chronic Epstein-Barr (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
brain fog fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic Epstein-Barr (2 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach discomfort
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
chronic Epstein-Barr (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(FeraMAX)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
nasal congestion
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chronic Epstein-Barr, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chronic Epstein-Barr on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 18
30s 67
40s 127
50s 140
60s 80
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 56
20-29 years 61
30-39 years 48
40-49 years 51
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 45
Female 408

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 297
Not Diagnosed 20

These charts show data from chronic Epstein-Barr patients who have completed their condition history
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