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I have been feeling unwell for approx 7 weeks now, started off like flu, swollen glands, cough, cold, body aches. symptoms have not got better at all only worse, i now have a stiff neck and pain that comes from the centre of my neck. I feel exhausted, have loss of appetite but seem to be putting on weight, look almost swollen. Last year i had a similar illness and had to have blood tests for glandular fever however these came back normal but did show a similar disorder very much like glandular fever. can you help???

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replied December 20th, 2010
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A17914
Welcome to the forum and I am really glad to help you out.

Normally, we don’t expect the glandular fever/infectious mononucleosis to last that long, although your symptoms are suggestive of a viral illness only.

However, in view of the prolonged symptoms, I’ll suggest further investigations like a complete blood count with ESR, an x-ray of the chest and paranasal sinuses to rule out an infection in the lungs or the sinuses.

You might need a course of antibiotics depending on the results of the above mentioned tests.

Meanwhile, using paracetamol, nasal decongestants and steam inhalation should give you marked symptomatic relief. Please consult a physician for the same. I sincerely hope it helps. Take care.

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