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Epstein Barr Virus – My Son Diagnosed

Mono, Mononucleosis, or Kissing Disease, it doesn’t matter what you call it, but it means you are sick with the Epstein Barr Virus.
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For the past weeks, we’re not even sure how long, my 16-year-old son has been struggling.  He had made many improvements in his health over the past year with minimal colds, but now he just didn’t have energy, and he seemed to struggle to eat much.  At first, we chalked it up to stress and just not eating as well as he could.  He struggled with energy and then would feel like he was ‘coming down with something.’ We would give him additional nutrients and herbal support. He would feel better in a few days, but not 100%.  He would continue to go to school and work.

Then about a week ago, he felt like he had swollen sinuses.  You could see his eyes swollen a little, and he said one ear felt plugged. No fever. We have had a warmer than normal spring, so seasonal allergies have hit hard for those that suffer from them.  JV suffers from allergies, so we thought that was what it was. I gave him a few things to help with sinuses and he struggled through the weekend.

Then yesterday morning he woke up with swollen lymph glands in his neck. It was time to get him checked by a physician to figure out what was going on.

The physician did a quick check and said because of the swollen glands he wanted to do a blood test. He suspected Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), but because JV didn’t suffer from a fever or a sore throat (his tonsils were fine), he wasn’t sure. However, he didn’t think it was sinus infection or throat issues.

We waited. Now JV hates having his blood drawn. Those 15 minutes were torture for him, but he hung in there and did it.  20 minutes later, we were informed he has active EBV.  Because it is a virus, there is really nothing the allopathic medical community can do. Antibiotics do not work on viruses. JV should just rest and not participate in physical sports for the next month due to the danger of an enlarged spleen and liver. I asked about food, to which the doctor said there really isn’t anything.  I asked about sleep, to which he said to rest as much as he needs.

The first thing I did was research EPV.  I had EPV when I was 19. It is something you don’t forget when you feel like you have flames in your throat.  I believe it has been one of the catalysts for my poor health over the years.

I started with webmd.com. I like to see what the medical community says about a disease. This virus can take a while to show up, and it never leaves your body.

Symptoms include:
Fatigue
Fever
Lack of Appetite
Rash
Sore Throat
Swollen Glands
Weakness & Sore Muscles

JV has most of them with the exception of fever and rash.  Since his lymph nodes are swollen, I found this info: they are small round or bean-shaped masses of tissues in the lymphatic system.  Their main job is to support the immune function of your body by fighting infection and disease. The fact that his glands are swollen means they are trapping the virus and trying to destroy and eliminate it. His body is doing its job.

EPV is spread through saliva, so through kissing, sharing of cups and utensils or toothbrush, sneezing without covering the mouth, or through blood and semen. It is estimated that the majority of Americans have the virus in their systems.

WebMd.com concludes with rest, plenty of water and pain relievers are all you can do to manage the symptoms until the body is able to de-activate the virus.

I believe we can support the body through diet, rest, exercise, and stress reduction. I already knew that I would be making sure JV ate the most nutritious food I could get in him.  I am asking him to get to bed on a regular basis and get up around the same time, getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep, more if he wants.  He will limit his exercise to walking and stretching.

I am also having him take epsom salt baths to help with detoxifying his body and getting magnesium into him.

Other things that I am researching and trying to figure out for supplements, herbals or homeopathy including olive leaf extract, collidal silver, oregano oil, astragalus, Vitamins A, C, E and zinc and selenium.  Now I won’t have him do all, but those are things that are coming up as helping support the immune function of the body as well as some are antiviral like the olive leaf extract and oregano oil. I will also give him some things to help detoxify his body as his body fights off this virus. I am looking into things such as bentonite clay and activate charcoal and other things to support his liver detoxing the die-off of the virus.

I also have a great network of health coaches and FDN practitioners that are sending me further ideas to research.

Because it will take time to research and put together a protocol as well as purchase the products (most of which I will have to order), I started him out on two things.

1) Ortho Molecular Products, Viracid.  This product is great to support your body in fighting off viruses.  I know of people who take it prior to colds and someone who says it works great to fight off cold sores.  Cold sores are in the herpes family; so is EPV.  I went to my local pharmacy and spoke to my pharmacist.  He thought Viracid might support the fight to feel better for JV.  It has things such as Vitamins A, C and B12 as weel as zinc.  It also has herbals of astratalus, black elderberry, echinacea, L-Lysine and Acerola.  I will start JV on a largger dose for a day or two and then back of.

2) Natural Creations Imucode are homeopathic drops. I would prefer Inflamasode, but my pharmacy didn’t have it, so I took the Imucode to support his immune system.  I will order Inflamasode and have that part of his overall protocol.

There you have it.  My son has EPV.  Yes, he will rest and not be active in physical support for a while. I know his body is strong. His body will be able to overcome this with time. However, I also know that when we support our body with sleep, good food, as well as supplements and herbals to strengthen the immune system, we can fight off things faster and sometimes more thoroughly.

Please remember I am not a doctor, and I am not recommending you should take anything I am researching. However, I encourage you to do your own thorough research. Take charge of your own health or your child’s.  Always check to make sure there aren’t any counter-indications with any other medicines he is taking or illnesses he has.  I just know there are natural things that you can do to be at our best health possible.

Have you had EPV?  What did you do to support your body in its fight? Comment below. It might help me in my research, or it might be something I haven’t come across, and I would love to research it.

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15 comments

  1. Sorry to hear about your son! I’ve learned a bit about EBV in my journey as well, it’s frustrating to think about all of the issues it can cause. Have you heard about the book Medical Medium? I haven’t read it but have heard a lot about it, he writes about all the things that EBV causes and how to heal it.

    • Karen says:

      Stefani, thanks for your suggestion for reading Medical Medium. Unfortunately, EBV is very common; so many people contract it, but I am hoping if we really support his immune system and support rebuilding his gut, he won’t have lasting effects. I hope you haven’t had it too.

  2. Gloria Garcia says:

    Oh wow, sorry to hear about your son! I had never heard of this virus. Hope he feels better and thank you for sharing about this illness to others that might not know what is going on.

  3. Hi, I had this in my 20’s. I was told to always treat even minor illnesses that pop up with kid gloves, since the virus never leaves our bodies and can “take advantage” of a lowered immune system to wreak havoc. One of the simplest things I do is lemon/lime water. I also started adding turmeric to more foods.

    • Karen says:

      Sorry that you had it (and still have the virus). It does wreck havoc. That is why I really want to tackle it. Thanks for your suggestions. I love my lemon water in the morning bu haven’t got my son to do that yet. 🙂

  4. Savannah says:

    Oh man, sorry to hear your son is so sick!
    Thankfully, I’ve never dealt with EPV, but it sounds absolutely awful. It sounds like you’re on it, mama, really taking care of your boy <3 I would love to hear how you end up using colloidal silver, as I have been very curious about using it internally. Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope he's on the mend very soon <3 #MarvMondays

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Savannah, I have not added colloidal silver and not sure I will. Trying a few things first. But will try to let you know if I do. Thanks for the encouragement.

  5. Marissa says:

    I have often had more serious viruses that go undiagnosed as I hardly ever spike a fever. I hope you find a way to help your son get this ugly virus from his system as quickly as possible. Thank you for sharing with the Cozy Reading Spot

  6. Really informative and interesting post. It sounds like you are doing a great job finding out what you can do as a parent and as a family to help him get through the virus and are making a great start. I hope it doesnt take too long for it to work through his system and for him to get back to his full strength. Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  7. shirley says:

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