I am a 32 year old mother of two. In early June, I started getting these tingly, almost numb feelings running down my arms. Shortly after, I felt like I couldn't breathe. Like something was binding my chest and I couldn't get a full breath. These things went on for days, and as I am prone to panic attacks, I started having them over and over. Endless cycles of panic for two weeks. I had no idea what was wrong, but I knew something was. My husband told me it was nothing and just try to relax. I'd bet you can guess how well that worked out. Finally I couldn't take anymore. I went to the ER. The Dr. came back smiling broadly and said, "You came back positive for Mono". Well, I finally had my answer (and Mono). My symptoms...
Intense ear pressure and pain
Swollen glands (neck, underarms, groin)
Tingles in my arms and legs
A strange burning sensation on my left forearm
Muscle spasms/ Twitching
All sorts of interesting digestive suprises (diarrhea, constipation, gas, belching...)
A Fatigue that I had NO CONCEPT of before this nightmare. I thought fatigue is what you feel after a long days work, or a week with the in-laws. With this, I'd swear my heart didn't have the energy to beat. I really expected to die.
Double vision (my husband moves a lot while talking and I still have a hard time following him)
The worst thing ( I say that now because most of the other symptoms are gone now and they look a lot better in the rear view mirror) is the dizzyness. Like I am a cartoon and I just stepped on a rake. My head rings with this strange dizzyness whenever I get tired, which is still most of the time.
It's the end of November now. The horrible fatigue is gone. My stamina is distroyed. I work 4 hours a day and it is all I can do not to come home and cry from exhaustion. My kids want me to run and play. I do try, but I feel like a withered leaf, brittle and ready to break at the slightest touch.
I really am much better now. I can walk the whole park and even the zoo, things that I failed at just a month ago. I know that I will fully recover. Work really helps a lot. Before that, I would spend all day googling horrible new diseases (you do it too, admit it!) Now I am just tired and dizzy and have occasional tingling in my left arm. This will all pass, I know, but ... man, what a ride!!!!