I am a 42 year old active wife, mom, minister, muralist & author. I was a healthy child. At 19, I contracted severe mono. Afterwards, I was sick w/all sorts of things for over a year. 23 years later, I have had numerous illnesses including over 20 surgeries, 7 miscarriages, chronic sinus & strep infections, bacteria’s, became allergic (hives) to 15 prescription medications, my body requires larger doses of meds; most pain meds don’t work at all. In 2008, I had a sinus surgery/tonsillectomy to stop the strep. They were always accompanied by a sinus infection. They stopped only to be replaced by ear infections. I never had either before mono. Oddly, the majority of my infections are on the left side of my body. Around 2006, I started having a variety of strange illnesses: body pains, migraines, kidney stones, skin cancer, hair loss. Blood revealed hyperthyroid. Meds did not work. A specialist discovered a virus on my auto immune system. By the time it was discovered, it was near the end. I had had it at least 2 years. All of the symptoms finally ceased for many months, then I started getting sick w/infections/bacteria. My vitamin D level was dangerously low. I take daily: Vitamins B, C, & D, a multi-vitamin, Mucinex D and DM (max strength) and an allergy pill. With all of that, I keep an ear infection &/or sinus infection & mucus. I contract bacteria’s for which antibiotics have a hard time overcoming. I’ve been off and on them for four months now. What is the connection w/all of this and mononucleosis & how do I get better? My doctors have all blown it off as though there is no connection, but I am NOT convinced. I was normal until that hit me so hard.
Your story seems similar to mine in a few ways. I am 41 and had mono first in 4th grade, again at 18, and just got it again. I have always had fatigue all my life tho and never thought it could be mono. I thought depression but still sleep a lot even when on antidepressants. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I also take syn=thyroid. Don't notice much difference with any meds cause I still feel like the bed pulls me down and I cannot fight it. Sleep is all I want always. It is all I can do to work and kids but just want to sleep.
My own health struggles have led me to believe that many of these diverse symptoms are related to poor functioning of the liver. As I have changed my diet and taken different liver support products, my symptoms have improved. Mono can damage the liver and spleen, a standard American diet is also very hard on the liver and gallbladder. The liver is responsible for so much that a compromised liver can result in systemic and diverse symptoms. I started researching with a doctor in Australia who calls herself 'the liver doctor'. She was an ob/gyn who stumbled on the importance of the liver while practicing in her field.
thank you, rocketboy. i was looking up useful advice for my son who had mono when he was 19 & is 39 now. your review sent me to the liver doctor because MY immune system is quite compromised. i'm now researching her site. thanks again!! valuable info.
I have struggled with health problems most of my life. I was diagnosed with histiocytosis when I was 2 and went through 2 treatments over the course of 4 years. Later I was diagnosed with diabetes inspidus, and Celiac. I had mono when I was 16 (I am currently 19 years old) I was really sick for 2 weeks, my liver and kidneys were affected. I started having all kinds of health problems afterwards. I started experiencing flushing in the extremists, I became iron deficient, I now have horrible tremors, which my mom thinks could be due to a stroke while I had mono. Along with a bunch of other symptoms. I have been to so many doctors and done so many tests to figure out what's going on and everything comes back negative. I was wanting to see if anyone has experienced anything like this after having mono or could it possibley be a disease that kicked in because of mononucleosis.