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My wife has Lyme disease for 30 + years. Recently it is accompanied by Epstein-Barr, which totally incapacitates her. Her doctor has no further assistance for her. Any suggestions?

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Doctor: Dr. Nina Lim, Board Certified MD replied 2 months ago
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Hello, my name is***** and I would like to try to help.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is extremely difficult to treat because there are really no specific medications for it. The treatment is based on symptoms.

Managing sleep and the treatment of sleep apnea if it is present is important. So if you wife has not had a sleep study done yet, this is important.

Ensure that all other medical conditions - specifically hypothyroidism, as well as vitamin deficiencies (including vitamin D deficiency) have been ruled out. So if you wife has not had any recent labs, she will need a comprehensive blood test.

An exercise program that is not too strenuous such as yoga (even sitting yoga) can be helpful. Physical activity in combination with a healthy, clean diet is important.

If your wife has signs and symptoms of depression, this may need to be treated with medications or cognitive behavioral therapy through a psychologist/ counselor.

There are reports that low dose naltrexone may be helpful. Although the studies on this medication are not very robust, it really looks like a promising alternative treatment option.

Below is a link about low dose naltrexone.

https://www.healthrising.org/treating-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-mecfs/drugs-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-mecfs-treatment/low-dose-naltrexone-ldn-fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrom/

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