Researchers have suspected for years that Fibromyalgia may be triggered by some sort of viral illness. Research has also shown that a subset of people who get Lyme disease, parvovirus, or Epstein-Barr viruswhich causes mononucleosismay later go on to develop Fibromyalgia or CFS.
Daniel Clauw, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, says:
“What we think is that viruses are one type of biological stress that may act similarly to physical trauma, a known trigger for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. There’s a lot of different biological stresses, including psychological stress, that seem to be capable of triggering these illnesses.”
The New Fibromyalgia Remedy: Stop Your Pain Now with an Anti-Viral Drug Regimen, a new book out on treating Fibromyalgia, digs into the connection and suggests that antiviral medicine and food allergy treatment can be quite effective in treating the chronic illness.
The author, Daniel C. Dantini, a Florida otolaryngologist, has Fibromyalgia and he believes it is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, herpesvirus 6, or parvovirus. He says antiviral medications work in 70 to 75 percent of his patients, along with massage and other therapies.
Daniel says that by using his treatment method, most patients will see their symptoms improve by 20% – 50% during the first four weeks. He says that by six weeks most chronic symptoms are resolved.
The book says most people take the antiviral medications for 10 to 14 weeks, while others need the drugs for up to six months.