Cytomegalovirus Antibodies: CMV is a common virus that may cause a mononucleosis-like illness in healthy individuals or more severe disease in immunosuppressed persons. The presence of CMV antibody indicates recent infection or exposure. CMV infections in humans are widespread: 60 to 90 percent of adults have had CMV infection. Infection of healthy children and adults usually results in asymptomatic disease but can cause hepatitis or mononucleosis and in rare cases may result in chronic fatigue.
Epstein-Barr virus Antibodies: EBV is a virus that causes infectious mononucleosis. Infection with EBV is common and occurs most frequently in late adolescence or early adulthood. Once infected with EBV, individuals develop virus-specific antibodies. Some infected individuals develop chronic fatigue syndrome.
Toxoplasmosis titers: Toxoplasmosis is a common infectious disease caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. You can become infected with toxoplasmosis if you accidentally touch your hands to your mouth after gardening, cleaning a cats litter box, or handling undercooked meat. In healthy individuals, it causes only mild symptoms of fatigue.
LYME DISEASE: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection carried by ticks that often causes an expanding target-like skin rash, which is followed by arthritis, fatigue, malaise, nervous system problems, and heart rhythm disturbances several months later. Sometimes people with untreated Lyme disease develop persistent fatigue associated with aching muscles and joints, mood swings, and memory problems, so learning if you have been infected by measuring whether your antibodies have responded to the bacteria is worthwhile.
This material came to you from YOU: Being Beautiful, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.