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February 4th, 2008
Mono
The fourth or so post is a steriod shot. that will clear it up in a day. My throat was swollen almost shut. Went to doctor got a shot all better next morning.
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replied May 7th, 2008
prednisone
I was diagnosed with Mono 8 days ago (the week before college finals).. and I had the worst sore throat imaginable. Two days after I was diagnose, I called the doctor to see if there was any pain medications they could put me on because I was absolutely miserable. I was taking a lot of Motrin and Tylenol and nothing was helping, I couldn't sleep through the night, and drinking water was so painful! The doctor prescribed me prednisone (taking 6 consecutive doses daily of 6-5-4-3-2-1) and a low dosage of Vicodin to help me sleep through the pain at night... At first I didn't like the prednisone (increased appetite, made me have to pee all the time, gave me heartburn too.) But, I took prednisone for 6 days, and my last day of taking it, I noticed my throat wasn't hurting so bad.. and seriously I haven't been on it for 3 days now, and I am just taking motrin and I can't even feel my sore throat, it's amazing. The doctor told me that I would notice the affects of the medicine after I was already done taking it, and he wasn't lying! Seriously, if anyone out there has a ridiculously sore throat, take prednisone, it's only short term and it helps so much!

I was probably the sickest I have ever been 8 days ago.. and you would never know it, I definitely don't feel 100% better, but when I was told that Mono lasted around 4 weeks it really scared me that I was going to be feeling like that the entire time.
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replied February 16th, 2013
Hi there! I know it's been a few years since posting this, but did your sore return after prednisone? My doctor gave it to me yesterday and it's already working, just praying It doesn't return after they wear off! Thank you!
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replied July 7th, 2008
somebody kill me if this gets worse.
i've been taking ibuprofen (600 mgs) as well as a liquid tylenol with codeine (2 tsps) every four hours. i feel like a drug addict. i count down the exact minutes until i can take something again, and it all hurts so bad. i can hardly talk which is annoying because my mom still tries to have conversations with me and i have to write down my response. and it hurts so bad i can hardly keep my mouth shut. plenty of fluids are so hard. i wish they would just keep me in the hospital until this is all over. i noticed that the left tonsil of everyone is swollen... mine is too. the right side is fine, but i still feel like i'm losing my iq, drooling all over the place and unable to eat. my mom makes me soup that i can hardly finish and sometimes i have to force myself to gulp down half a glass of orange juice or vitamin water. all the tylenol with codeine does is tease me, the sore throat will almost be gone when i wake up in the middle of the night and then when i wake up again in the morning around six, it's only torture in my throat all over again. i wish i would go into a coma until this is over. the pain is worse than anything i've ever experienced and nothing that you guys are suggesting helps. gargling anything of any kind only makes me feel worse, and it just drains out of my mouth when i try to spit it out. i have a cup at my side to spit into now, but all i want to do is sleep instead of eat and drink. i would rather skip over the sore throat and just be tired all the time. when will this end!? i've only had this sore throat for four days and already i'm at the end of my rope. please make this stoppp.
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replied July 7th, 2008
prednisone!
I am 99% sure that the prednisone will work for you. Go to your doctor and ask, seriously. It was a miracle drug for me. I had an extreme sore throat for a couple weeks. Mono was the most miserable time i've ever gone through. Get prednisone, and by the last day of your doses, you should feel SOO much better
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replied July 7th, 2008
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Try this!
This is going to sound gross.......and it is, but it works. Go to the sink and take a tablespoon. Fill it with yellow mustard. Now, its not gonna taste too good, and may burn a bit going down...but it sure will stop the pain. It may take a couple of spoonfuls. Just don't gag and tell yourself its gonna feel better. The acid in the mustard fights against the bacteria causing your sore throat. You can also dilute some hydrogen peroxide with water and slowly gargle this-spitting it all out. What do you think modern man did before medicines and doctors??????????Hope this works for you! If not, there is always honey which can soothe a raw throat!
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replied August 23rd, 2008
It doesnt seem like it would be mono simply because of the fact I've kissed my girlfriend AFTER I've been sick and she's fine. She downright refused to not let me kiss her, so we've kissed multiple times and she never got sick.[/quote]


Have you asked if she had it before? Mono is in you lifelong, and like chicken pox, once you have it you are immune to it [not saying people who had it recently can't relapse into it if they dont take it easy for a few months/weeks]. It's the same with me and my boyfriend. I have mono, he insisted on a kiss or two anyway, and nothing. I read up on it, and found this out recently. I'm still cautious and dont see people very much.
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replied September 21st, 2008
sore throat
I'm on like... day 14 of sore throat, day 3 of excruciating sore throat. There's a space like this big | | between my swollen, pus-filled tonsils. My boyfriend says I snore because of the obstruction.

My point is... I have to say that while reading this thread I actually managed to laugh during my incredible pain (because of "Consolation: Childbirth may be more painful than this"). Reading these posts somehow made my throat feel so much better.

What angers me off the most, though (besides that I am going to have so much work to make up and that I might miss the Nightwish concert tonight and that pieces of food get stuck in/behind/around my tonsils and it's really uncomfortable), is that there's mucus crap in my nose... and it won't blow out, I can only try to snort it up (yeah, gross). Once I manage to snort it up (which hurts like crazy) I start shaking and stuff and can't even manage to swallow it.

This sore throat needs to end now!

I find that ODing on ibuprofen helps a lot, though. And V8 strawberry banana smoothie (I demand payment for advertising) doesn't hurt as much to drink as everything else. And sucking on ice cubes feels good. As does really cold chocolate pudding. And gargling salt water seems to do absolutely nothing for the pain. But I feel like I should do it just as an antiseptic of sorts since I can taste the pus and infection.
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replied January 6th, 2009
mono and sex
I was diagnosed with mono yesterday and before I went to the doctor, I thought I just had a cold. And then it got to the point where I knew something was wrong because of the excruciating pain I was in. My boyfriend has been taking care of me this past week and we have kissed and whatnot countless times. Him and I are sure he has it also. I keep reading that you need to avoid any kind of physical activity whatsoever. If my boyfriend and I both have mono, would it be a bad idea if we sleep together? If so, how long should we wait?
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replied March 11th, 2009
MONO
so, a few weeks ago i was diagnosed with mono, i went to the doctor when my throat was UNBEARABLE it was the worst sore throat of my life. I took the medicine, and in a week I would forget I have mono. Now,(3 weeks later) my throat hurts again, no near as bad, I can sleep at night, but its only on my left side and when I swallow. Do I need to go back to the doctore and see if its an infection??
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replied March 23rd, 2009
"There's a space like this big | | between my swollen, pus-filled tonsils. My boyfriend says I snore because of the obstruction."
"there's mucus crap in my nose... and it won't blow out, I can only try to snort it up (yeah, gross). Once I manage to snort it up (which hurts like crazy) I start shaking and stuff and can't even manage to swallow it.

This sore throat needs to end now!"



This describes me perfectly right now. I can't sleep, and if I do manage to fall asleep for maybe 20 minutes at a time (if I'm lucky), I wake up gasping for air. I'm kind of scared that I'm going to choke to death in my sleep because it's impossible to breathe.

Mine started 4 weeks ago. I thought it was strep because it was just a very bad sore throat without regular cold symptoms so I went to health services at my school (what a joke!) They did a strep test and a mono test, but they said both came back negative. I decided I would wait it out a bit and if it got worse I would drive all the way home to see a real doctor. After a few days the sore throat subsided and the aching set on...all the while, I had very swollen and tender glands in my neck. Then 2 weeks after the initial sore throat, I completely lost my appetite, and when I did eat I would feel sick. That got worse, so I drove home to see a doctor. That's the day the sore throat came back in full force. They did a rapid strep test, a throat culture, and 2 different blood tests to check for mono (Friday), but the results wouldn't be available till Monday (today). That weekend was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life! I feel like I want to take a huge knife and cut out my entire throat because it seems as if that pain won't be as bad as what I'm going through right now. I tried all the gargling things, throat losenges, ibuprofen, aleve, lots of liquids, and nothing helps. I can't talk because it hurts so bad, and I'm supposed to have an oral mid-term due tomorrow. Luckily I got an extension from my teacher. The doctor called my mom today to tell her that the test for mono came back positive. All anyone has been telling me is, "Mono is horrible" How do I make the pain stop?! I just want to cry/die right now. I feel so awful. How long does the sore throat last?!
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replied March 24th, 2009
pain
last year i had the flu and got this unbelievable sore throat that they kept saying wasn't strep or mono. All I know is that the pain was unbearable. I was already whipped from the flu, couldnt eat or drink because everytime I tried I threw up (not a good thing when your throat is on fire) So i just didnt eat or drink. This was a very bad move. I had went to the doctore who gave me liquid vicaden. This stuff is amazing - however be very very careful taking it. I was very dehydrated from not eating or drinking for a week and took a dose of the vicaden. Then a little while later - in my incapacitate state - thought i hadnt taken it and took it again. I have very very very wicked bad hallucinations, felt like i was dying, fell face first on my bed and was unable to breath, reach a phone or anything. Just laid there praying and telling myself to breath - thank god my daughter found me. if they give you liquid vicaden for the pain of a sore throat - just be very careful of the dose and make sure you eat and drink no matter how much it hurts.
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replied March 24th, 2009
question
Okay since i cant figure out how to start a new string. I'll ask my question here. I recently became very ill and in an extreme amount of pain. What started out as a sore jaw on Thursday and progressed overnight to pain when chewing and when opening my mouth. Then progress by Saturday the swelling was so bad I couldnt open my mouth except to stick a straw in it and could not chew if i wanted to. Went to the hospital and the doctors were unsure whether I had the mumps or an infection in my parotid gland (it ended up being the infection of the gland). This is very very very excrutiatingly painful. They gave me percocet for the pain after morphine in the hospital and gave me clindamycin for an antibiotic. The question I have is why does it say not to lay down for 30 minutes after taking clindamycin. And what can i do about the awful nausea and vomiting after I take it and the percocet. Both cause nausea and vomiting and everytime I take it - this happens. Makes me not want to take the pain meds or the antibiotic but it seems to be working and the swelling is going down and i cant take the pain so i need the meds. Any suggestions.
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replied March 28th, 2009
I am on my sixth week of having mono, i was misdiagnosed the first two times i went to the doctor. The first time i went to the doctor, i was complaining of minor soar throat and body aches ( i felt like i was hit by a bus), they told me i had the flu. The week following the flu was also extremely bad, i game down with the worse stomach cramps that i have ever had in my entire life, i just laid there in my bed for a week, skipped all of my classes. Well the second time i went to the doctor, i was told i had viral bronchitis; i had mucus all in my lungs, it was bad enough to where i slept sitting up and completely stopped smoking for 2 weeks. I dealt with what i thought was bronchitis for about 2 to 3 weeks, it never really went away. I was finally tested for mono when my lymph nodes swelled up and then i had a severe soar throat, it was horrible. I didnt talk to anyone and i didnt eat for about a week. I went to my doctor from home since im away at college, he prescribed me prednisone and im taking the cough syrup that i was prescribed for bronchitis. Taking the medications and sleeping seems to be helping but i am on my sixth week of having mono so maybe thats why. All i can say to do is SLEEP!
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replied April 10th, 2009
a mild account of mono
You don't feel ill from mono until 4-6 weeks after exposure, this is the incubation period. Most likely you were exposed to someone who was incubating and wasn't ill yet. Sharing drinks, shaking hands after coughing or blowing your nose, as well as the obvious modes of transfer can all pass the virus. Funny thing is most people were exposed to the virus as children and didn't even know that had it. In all likelihood, they will not get it again even when exposed since they have their bodies have antibodies.

My 14 year old son had the worse sore throat I've ever seen, it developed out of no where on a Friday. Took him to urgent care Saturday morning and they did a strep test which came back negative- I was willing to bet $ it was strep when I saw the look of the tonsils swelled together and full of white crap. He could barely talk, sounded like he had a mouthful of marbles. Dr said he was seeing a lot of viruses and sent us on our way with the whole fluids and rest thing. Monday he was no better and he had alot of mucous in his head, he went through two boxes of tissues. Then I started thinking sinus infection so we went to the Pediatrician that we've always seen and he took one look at his throat and glands and said that he wants to send him for blood work for mono. He gave him antibiotics (Z pack) for the sinus infection too. That day he took the two doses of the antibiotic and the next day he took it again and he already was feeling better. It was that day I was thinking that this wasn't mono b/c he never had fever or lethargy. Got the call from the Dr saying the blood tests showed postive for mono and we both were in shock. Day 3 of the Z pack his throat looks normal except for some pitting in the tonsils but not red or white spots and not swollen at all. Glands are normal too. He is eating like a horse, not sleeping any more than normal and driving me crazy b/c he feels good and I am not letting him do anything physical. Today he took his last dose of the Z pack and he feels perfect. I called the Dr back to see if there is such a thing as a mild case of mono or is this the calm before the storm. They said that cases vary depending on immune systems and that he may have had just a mild case. They want to recheck him on Monday to see if can be cleared for sports (check the spleen) It never was enlarged but they want to make sure again before they clear him. A boy on his basketball team missed the last half of the season with mono so we are assuming they shared a drink or high fived each other before that boy got sick
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replied April 21st, 2009
Mono
[/quote]It doesnt seem like it would be mono simply because of the fact I've kissed my girlfriend AFTER I've been sick and she's fine. She downright refused to not let me kiss her, so we've kissed multiple times and she never got sick.[/quote]

It generally takes 4-6 weeks after you are infected with the virus to actually start feeling symptoms. i wouldn't be surprised if your girlfriend starts feeling symptoms a month from now if she hasn't had it already in the past
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replied April 21st, 2009
Re: MONO
monofreak wrote:
so, a few weeks ago i was diagnosed with mono, i went to the doctor when my throat was UNBEARABLE it was the worst sore throat of my life. I took the medicine, and in a week I would forget I have mono. Now,(3 weeks later) my throat hurts again, no near as bad, I can sleep at night, but its only on my left side and when I swallow. Do I need to go back to the doctore and see if its an infection??


When you started feeling better did you start living your normal life again? Even after the soar throat goes away it still could take a few weeks for you to fully get over the infection. If you drink alcahol regularly or smoke weed these things could cause you to relapse and you'll basically have to start from scratch again.

If you haven't been doing these things idk what to tell you but to go back to the doctor and find out what's good before you end up with that horrible soar throat again.
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replied April 21st, 2009
My question
So I've had mono for about a week and a half now. Done hours of reading up on this virus, and learned a lot. Btw, doc gave me Prednisone for the soar throat, stuff works wonders...if you have mono ask your doctor about prednisone it really does make a huge difference. Anyways, the only thing I haven't been able to find any info on is nasal congestion associated w/ mono.

My nose is stuffed basically 24/7 right now, got prescribed pseudophed and it honestly does absolutely nothing. tried using Salene Nasal spray and that works for a few hours, then my nose ended up getting worse than it was before. I can feel minor pressure in my sinuses and so i feel like I might be developing a sinus infection as well. So my question is has anybody else had this problem? And if so, did you find/get prescribed any better solutions than what i mentioned? Please help me if you know, this is the only thing stopping me from getting a good night's sleep, went to bed at 2am last night and here i am up posting on a website at 8 haha
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replied May 4th, 2009
Mono
I was diagnosed with Mono yesterday. Earlier, I spent all of yesterday night in hospital with severe sore throat, nausea, and fever. It took them all night to find out that I had mono. Right now, my sore throat is unbearable. If it doesn't gross you out, I have to spit in a plastic cup to avoid swallowing. I have had to miss a baseball tournament, a major school project, and its hardly been a day! I just want the pain to end, ... it must stop.
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replied May 6th, 2009
Get the Pink Stuff, then the Greens
I had mono when I was in college and I had a sore throat that was the worst of my life. I had two huge sores on the back of my throat near my tonsils. Each was a bit smaller than a dime. The pain from swallowing was so bad that my diet gradually reduced to tea and I lost around 15 pounds, which is a lot on a 6 foot tall guy who only weighed 165 to start with.

The doc's solution was for me to gargle with a 50/50 combination of benadryl liquid and Malox (or MoM). The combination acted to numb the throat and coat it at the same time. I was able to eat in relative comfort for 5 minutes after. The only downside is that now, 15 years later, I still gag at the smell or flavor of cherry medicines.

My brother had another solution that involved smoking some "green herbs" that are very popular in college. I ate more after that smoke than I had in the previous month, then slept like a baby that next night. I swear that was the turning point in my battle with mono as prior to that I had been unable to eat or sleep and that was keeping my body weak. BTW, I only used my brother's solution once. From that day I was a believer in medicinal use of that stuff.
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replied June 1st, 2009
Like many of you, I have also had a sore throat for a while. I'm just wondering if anyone who has been diagnosed with mono has or had white spots on their tonsils?
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