Dr. A. Martin Lerner: Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
For years, certain viruses have had the attention of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) researchers. None has been completely accepted as being behind the condition, or a subset of it, but that hasn't stopped some doctors from moving forward with the information. One of those doctors is Dr. A. Martin Lerner, an infectious disease specialist who successfully treated his own case of ME/CFS 20 years ago.
Over the last 2 decades, Dr. Lerner has treated and tested scores of ME/CFS patients. He says he's discovered that 3 main viruses are associated with the condition: Epstein-Barr (EBV), human herpes virus 6 (HHV6) and human cytomegalovirus (CMV or HCMV). In his experience, people can have either one of these viruses or a combination of them. On top of that, he says he's identified a subgroup of people who have Lyme disease on top of these viruses, and that this is the harder group to treat.
That's the really important part here -- treatment. Dr. Lerner claims he's had a lot of success treating people with two antiviral drugs:
I recently wrote about Dr. Lerner's Energy Index Point Score (EIPS), which is a universal evaluation tool he believes other doctors should use for ME/CFS patients. It ranks the severity of your illness on a 0-10 scale, and gives you and your doctor a concrete way to track your progress. He says once people are on the proper treatment, they can and do move up the chart.
Dr. Lerner has done some clinical trials of these drugs but says larger studies need to be done. Here's some of his published work:
- A six-month trial of valacyclovir in the Epstein-Barr virus subset of chronic fatigue syndrome: improvement in left ventricular function.
- Valacyclovir treatment in Epstein-Barr virus subset chronic fatigue syndrome: thirty-six months follow-up.
A longer-term study is awaiting publication. If you want your doctor to learn more about Dr. Lerner's work, here's a summary of his published ME/CFS work from his website: Dr. Lerner's ME/CFS Publications.
What do you think of Dr. Lerner's work? Have you taken either of the antivirals he recommends? Have you tested positive for EBV, HHV6 or CMV? Share your experience by leaving a comment below!
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