Saturday, December 11, 2010

An untreatable disease up until now


McElwee says after reading about the possible connection between the XMRV retrovirus and chronic fatigue syndrome, she had her doctor send a blood sample to be tested. Two days ago, she says her results came back positive.

"It's not like having a regular virus that comes and goes. A retrovirus comes and stays," said McElwee.

According to the Whittemore Peterson Institute in Nevada, 95 percent of chronic fatigue patients in a recent study also had the XMRV retrovirus.

"Some papers have associated this with both chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer," says Dr. Thomas Price, medical director of the University of Washington blood program.

For McElwee, who looks forward to being able to work, drive and paint again, this discovery may be the first step in treating what, up until now, has been an untreatable disease.

"For the first time in a long time we feel like we're being taken seriously. We feel like things are moving forward, but ... Read more>>

1 comment:

Maija Haavisto said...

Why do people have to claim CFS/ME is or has been untreatable? There are hundreds of effective treatments, and XMRV has nothing to do with it. Really frustrating.


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