Thursday, November 11, 2010
Got CFS? Dr. Oz Tackles the XMRV Virus
"The good news is that there is a lot you can do now to both feel better and probably suppress the virus. As Dr. Oz noted, about 4% of the healthy population is XMRV positive, and only about 1% have CFS. This means that a healthy immune system can often suppress the virus (only about 20% of those with the virus get sick), which is really good news!"
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My first specialist's theory was "improve the quantity/quality of sleep and the rest will fix itself" -- he knew what he was doing; I went back to work full-time for 12 years.
This time around, by the time I got sleeping pills (instead of pep talks on the assumption that I was just afraid to look for a job), I had no immune system. After a few months on the sleeping pills, I spiked a fever and stayed at 101 for six months. When it didn't go away after a week, I e-mailed a friend who's a nurse, and the opening line of her response was "Congratulations! You have a functioning immune system again!" When the fever finally subsided, I felt better than I had in years; my immune system had the upper hand over the virus again, and now it's just a case of repairing the physical damage caused by the virus running rampant for a couple years.