Can the Herpes Virus cause Chronic Fatigue?

Dear Dr. Tom:

Can the herpes virus cause chronic fatigue even if there is no current outbreak? I’m a 36 year old female, contracted herpes about 6 months ago, and taking suppression medication. I haven’t felt well since the initial outbreak: I need more sleep (about 8 to 10 hours), can’t work out like I used to (a couple of times a week versus 6 days a week), and feel run down all the time. Also, a month after the initial outbreak I got another, plus the flu (which believe it or not I’ve never had), plus a sinus infection which lasted a couple of months. Could this be related to the herpes? What do you recommend I do to increase my energy level and improve the effectiveness of my immune system? I’m feeling desperate.

Dr. Tom’s Response:

Dear Madison:

Yes, the conditions you described might be attributable to your herpes infection, but because of their non-specific nature, they might stem from other conditions as well. You did not indicate what suppression medication you are taking, whether it is a prescription drug and how closely you may be following the usage recommendations. If your medication was prescribed, I suggest you discuss your fatigue with your prescribing physician and perhaps undergo further evaluative procedures. Either through your physician or by other means, I also suggest you consult a nutritionist. I hope you determine the problem and soon feel better..


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