Well today makes six weeks exactly that my lymph nodes have been swollen. To commemorate this event I went to my doctor.
He said that six weeks is abnormal and I am now being scheduled for a CT scan at my local hospital. I also had an HIV antibody tesy done and my liver checked again to see if function has returned to normal. My doctor suspects secondary mononcleosis infection first, and some type of lymphoma or cancer as the next most likely cause. If any lymph nodes are discovered to be 3 cm or greater, my doctor is going to strongly recommend that I have it removed and biopsied.
I'm dissapointed that noone has replied to this post, please leave any input.
I have mono too,have had it since the last part of May,
My glands are still bothering me,been to the DR, 6 times,
since I found out I had mono.He doesn't seem to concern,
I'm in my 50's and work 2 jobs.I have done so much research on mono and still haven't found the answers I'm looking for.I took another mono test yesterday and still tested positive.I was also told, it take a while to get over.Everything else seems fine.What have you found out?
Well I'm a student at a university so I have access to a lot of resources for research and have exhausted all of them, pouring over medical journals, checking out books, studying forums.
The gist of everything I have learned is what you can easily find on google, mononucleosis is a self limiting condition and to recover, one must simply rest.
Lymph nodes can remain swollen even after symptoms have subsided for weeks or even months, and are little cause for concern unless other symptoms are present ie: Night sweats, rapid weight gain/loss, extreme fatigue. These could be signs of lymphoma. Some studies have shown that the Epstein Barr virus is linked to a higher risk of developing lymphoma, but not enough to be worried. If you were anxious about cancer, a CT scan can be used to determine the extent of lymphadenopathy, my doctor informed me that anything over three centimeters is considered abnormal and should be biopsied.
Age seems to be directly related the severity and duration of symptoms (increase in age=increase in severity/duration of symptoms), this is not based on scientific data, but is what seems to be the overall consensus of what I have read on forums. Interestingly, I have read complaints of more psychologically oriented symptoms when the virus is contracted at an older age, but have no way of verifying this.
The owner of a local herbal remedy/ vitamin shop who I respect very much recommended I take the wellness formula from source naturals, it's an unpleasant pill to swallow, but seems to help. He also recommended an immune boosting drink called fizz-C , I like this product a lot and continue to use both supplements daily. My condition seems to be improving, and the characteristic fatigue is now a non issue for me.
Let me know if this helps, thanks for responding to my post =)
I also am in my 50s and have had a cough for a long time now. When I had a physical for my work permit in China I noticed that my monocytes were high (twice the level of the high range). I am going into see the doctor today. Do any of you have a cough associated with this? I too have not found anything related to shortening the duration let alone a cure. I will keep trying to figure this out. Appreciate any data that anyone finds.
David, it's strange that your doctor is putting lymphoma on the high possibility factor, from my experiences and from what I've read at least. I had my lymph nodes inflamed for over two months when I had mono, they're still actually noticeable and I've learned to not worry about them. I got a CBC done as well as a lot of other tests (even a testicular ultrasound) and everything came back fine. When I asked why my lymph nodes were still noticeable my doctor said "They're like our bases in Kuwait, they never quite go away." Anyway good luck with figuring it all out, I (like you) researched as much as I could about my symptoms and became much more anxious and worried than I should have been.
I have swollen lymph nodes and no other symptoms so im guessing i got mono which im not suprised about but i have also exausted all research on my condition and i know it cant be taken lightly but i worried and thought i had cancer but the only problems was my nodes its been swollen for quite some time scared of the docs have been looking all over the place searching for what smptoms cause what and what i can possibly have feeling my nodes and feeling around my groin area and arm pit area as stupid as it sounds, felt no enlarged nodes anywhere except my neck i checked my testicles they are normal but i cant stress it enough sleeping is a regular though i am nocturnal i sleep during the day and am up late hours of the night gaming, i dont see how that could effect me, but what i have noticed every now and again are twitching parts of my body my muscles twitch and for a while my pinky toe kept twitching it got annoying, i get twitches every now and again but all i feel when i feel my neck are lumps on both sides and one in the back been out exercising running everyday i can say i dont eat very well when im alone but i have been eatting better i weigh 140 i think i used to weigh 180 that was 2 years ago so no sudden weight loss gradual weight loss over a period of time, i still got a hell of a tummy though <:0 what can i say i like the cheeseburgers a little too much but for the most part im healthy so no worries im just a bit scared nothing more