Is it really possible that stomach viruses can cause chronic fatigue syndrome? It might be because a new study has linked the enteroviruses, which are known to cause stomach and or respiratory infections, to chronic fatigue syndrome. While the link hasn’t been definitively established, it may lead to more CFS research and take it in a new direction. If the link can be proven, it will help doctors to better treat and test for this condition, since there aren’t really any tests which can prove a person is suffering from this sleep disorder or condition.
What Is CFS – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
If you aren’t sure of what chronic fatigue syndrome is, it is a potentially debilitating condition which causes problems with everything from sleeping and concentration to pain in the muscles. This condition usually lasts for at least six months and can last for much longer periods of time.
More than a million people in the US are thought to have CFS and it’s most often found in women who are between 40 and 60, but you should know that anyone who is any age can find themselves suffering from this condition.
What Is Enterovirus?
So, now it’s time to learn about what enteroviruses are and what they might be doing to you. In the US alone, enteroviruses cause upwards of 10 millions of infections that display symptoms each year. These are the second most common types of viral contagions that humans get next to rhinoviruses that are the cause of common colds. Enteroviruses cause problems such as polio and respiratory infections.
Many healthy people are infected with enterovirus and don’t even know it. If they do wind up with symptoms, they will usually be fevers and muscle aches, rashes and mild respiratory symptoms. Sometimes, although it’s uncommon, people will suffer from more serious illnesses from these enteroviruses such as meningitis, myocarditis or paralysis. Enteroviruses can actually kill infants and may be the cause of Type 1 diabetes.
How Do They Connect?
There is an infections disease specialist in California who has formed a theory that enteroviruses may be a leading cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Since this condition was recognized in 1994, it has been thought that it has a connection to viral infections. Usually, the blood is tested for evidence of viral infections. According to a study, out of 165 CFS patients who were tested, 82% of them tested positive for enterovirus.
This doesn’t of course establish a positive link, but it does show that among other risk factors such as iron deficiency, allergies and depression, the enterovirus may help in causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.