Epstein-Bar Connection

Recently, I had a reader tell me that I should check into the Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and Epstein-Bar connection.  I had never heard of  IC and the “kissing” disease possibly being related in anyway.

What my reader didn’t know is that I had the Epstein-Bar virus shortly before I was diagnosed with IC.

When I was diagnosed with Epstein-Bar, my doctor told me to remain home for 4 weeks and just rest.  There was no medicine or anything to do but rest.  He said the “kissing disease” was contagious so I could not go to work.  He said my immune system would take care of this virus, but it would take time.  I remember a liver panel and blood test being done to check some sort of levels.  If the levels were still high, I would have to stay home another 2 weeks; however, I was cleared to go back to work after a month.  Actually, the month off was nice.  I got to rest and enjoy the break.


I found a study abstract published in the Journal of Urology in September of 2018 exploring if a viral infection (in this study, Epstein-Bar Virus) could be a potential etiological cause for IC.  Generally, IC is characterized by bladder inflammation without bacterial infection.  The study concluded that the “Bladder Epstein-Barr infection in T cells may be linked to the pathogenesis of persistent inflammation in patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”  [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed].  The complete abstract can be found at this link – Epstein-Bar and IC study.

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