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Friends, I was diagnosed with mono in college after two months of severe symptoms that sent me to the ER three times for breathing obstruction. That was at 19 years old. For over thirty years, I suffered on and off from generalized pain and fatigue. I would be fine for a few years and then have a bad year. The bad years increased and the good decreased. Every doctor I went to said I was crazy and prescribed some sort of anti-depressant. Three times I've had to start my business and life over again due to inability to function normally. About 2002, a doctor finally tested me for EBV and my levels were greater than 200 each time (anything less than 20 is normal). I took regimens of gamma globulin shots each week as well as acyclovir. Only some help. Went to a major clinic in 2005 and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and an unknown sleep disorder (alpha-delta disruption). My life has been ruled by what I feel has been damage from the untreated case of mono. My cycles of fatigue and pain have lengthened to the point where I am unable to earn a living but am unqualified for any disability because I haven't paid enough into the system within the required time constraints. I am receiving county medical help for the six meds I take at night in order to get just a few hours of sleep. I honestly don't know how long I can continue this. Has anyone else had the kind of life I have had after a severe case of mono?? And if so, have you found any help? Thank you all for your time. Reed
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replied January 24th, 2011
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Many years ago it was thought there was a link between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Mononucleosis. This link has since been dis-proven. The true cause of CFS remains unknown.
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replied March 3rd, 2014
There is a link. I had monoclusois many years ago- which wasn't treated right. Now I have ongoing fatigue which doesn't go away with rest. I might never get well again.
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replied December 12th, 2017
Hi,
It's been a while since your post, but thought to reply anyway in case I can provide hope. I had mono a few months ago at the age of 37, and my naturopath turned me onto this book "medical medium." I've had so many strange and scary things happening to my body since I got sick...my immune system is very fragile (or there's very little left to keep me well while it's fighting off the virus, presumably), and I've had neurological symptoms like tingling in different parts of my body, as well as terrible migraines and spleen and liver pain. But since I started using the herbs and foods in the book that are specifically targeted at the epstein barr virus which causes the mono, I've seen positive results and have hope that if I can follow it I might recover my immune system. It also talks about how it's related to thyroid and adrenal function, and how to heal those organs. Hope this helps and you can heal.
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replied January 22nd, 2015
Most diseases can be reversed or prevented by getting LOTS of nutrition every day. Doctors won't tell you that, nor will you see any advertisements about it, as doctors are only trained to give out meds, instead of getting to the root of the problem - lack of nutrition. I know of several people who took Juice Plus and their mono went away within 1-2 weeks and never had any more problems since!
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replied February 4th, 2011
Mono/adrenal failure
I have mono right now but I had CFS for 10+ years, so don't know if EBV just activated again as I was also DX with Addison's/Adrenal Insufficiency 7 mos. ago. The adrenal glands are severely affected when you have an autoimmune disease. They can slowly atrophy (shrink) over 20 years. I also had back surgery and that sometimes will be the final straw in my case it was, also a significant stress in your life such as a death. That also happened going on 4 years ago as I lost the love of my life to a sudden cardiac arrest.
My point is to tiredallthetime, you need to have your PC to a "cortisol level" check and see if your adrenal glands are producing cortisol. If not you might be experiencing acute Adrenal failure, or maybe just "adrenal fatigue" which would be a better case scenario. The symptoms your describing are also like Addison's, but I would need to know if you have low blood pressure and if you crave salt, but the sleep problems are significant as I have terrible trouble too, even with using multiple sleep meds, it's awful.
This is not to get you worried just to let you know that adrenal fatigue is was under
misdiagnosed. My PC always told me my Na (sodium) levels were low but never put 2+2 together until I had a crisis and felt disorientated and confused for no reason and that prompted me to go to ER and my Na levels were 122 and normal is 135-145, I could have gone into a coma as iodine is a crucial mineral and works with potassium to regulate the electrolytes. I have full-blown Addison's and am on glucocorticoid (steroid) for the rest of my life. As the adrenal glands are a huge part of the endocrine system and regulate over 50 different hormones, cortisol being the most crucial but others equally important as it affects blood pressure/blood glucose levels Na/k adrenaline and many more. Something you should check into as it is rare and overlooked by Doctors as only 1/100,000 DX annually. Go online and research Addison's Disease/which is also called Adrenal Insufficiency, hypoadrenalism.
Hope it is not the case.
Thanks for the info on "mono" as I'm having a rough time and my spleen is very enlarged to where it hurts and hard to sit down. Throat has been sore for over 2 weeks and no appetite, zero energy (also affecting Addison's) but unable to sleep. It is been the sickest I have ever been in my life.
Hope we all get to feeling better soon.
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replied August 25th, 2011
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This sounds funny but my dog had/has Cushings Disease which is the opposite of Addisons. It is an overproduction of cortisol. I was waiting for the quality of life argument and was told that the remedy for this destroys the stomach etc. I took him to a wonderful vet that does herbal remedies and acupuncture.
Perhaps you might try an herbalist or acupuncture. It couldn't hurt and it is worth a try.
Remember the drug companies are in business to sell drugs not cures. If you are cured they loose you as a customer so try alternatives. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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replied February 4th, 2011
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I'm sorry this happened to you. Best wishes on getting healthy again. However, it should be noted for the sake of young ones coming here for info on mono that Addison's disease does not cause and is not related to mononucleosis. They are different and distinct illnesses. Also, they title of the thread should not scare any young ones with mono. Mononucleosis does NOT cause life long problems. It's is a limited, common, Illness.

Remember, we need to be cautious that what we post here is related to the forum topic. Thankyou
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replied September 8th, 2012
chronic mono
I have to disagree to a point...and this is not said to scare anyone but only to give information. My son who is now 18 years old had been an extremely healthy child. He became sick and diagnosed with mono the summer that he was 15. He has had many complications ever since including an enlarged spleen, high billirubin levels, fatigue, and overall poor health, This is a very athletic kid and he eats very healthy. Yes there could be other things causing the problems, BUT so far...not one of the specialists he has been to has been able to say it is anything other than the result of a very serious case of mono.
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replied March 7th, 2016
Well, I am glad to hear we are not alone (not in a bad way though!): My son who is 17 now had the same problem. Reactivated mono (3x) and the latest (further to his poor health) is the adrenal fatigue!
So, yes, there has to be a link. Good docters addmit it themselves - they don't know everything. And our body should be seen as a whole, not part by part... a holistic approach would solve so many problems...
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replied February 4th, 2011
Thanks and sorry I don't want to mislead either, and I know neither is related. I was trying to respond to tiredallthetime as she asked if anyone had such fatigue etc. after having mono. Just was an FYI to have Dr. check adrenal function. I know mono will eventually go into a "dormant stage" and it will disappear. I wish you had a site for the other mentioned. Sorry.
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replied February 6th, 2011
Geeeeez I almost went into cardiac arrest after reading that!
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replied September 21st, 2011
For what it is worth I'm praying for you I'm suffering too and it is no fun when the doctors look at you like you are psychotic... Mono is a serious issue and Doctors lack so much information about it... I feel like since I've had mono my illnesses have ran my life and I fight everyday just to get up and go to work and sometimes pray to God I dont pass out there i push myself to the point when I do have a few days off all I can manage to do is sleep and lay around
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replied February 4th, 2012
I can completely relate to you. It has been a year since my diagnosis and my life has been severely altered due to this "illness". My doctors look at me like I am crazy also (I see 2 therapists now). It is hard for me to believe that mono and CFS are not related because before I got mono I was fully functioning, had energy and was happy. My symptoms are worse during certain times of the month for some reason. I now dread going to bed at night because I never know how I'm going to feel when I wake up (everyday is a surprise). Doctors are very much misinformed on this what I call disease!
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replied January 25th, 2012
Mono trouble after several months
I got what I thought was a cold in June 2011. I had muscle aches, stiffness, sore throat, ect. That just got worse and worse. I went to the doctor several times and got to the point where I didn't even want to get up out of bed. Several weeks into it the doctor told me I had mono. I've had nothing but problems since then. My tonsils stayed swollen, I have lumps in my cheeks, I have mouth problems, mouth sores, tongue burns for no reason. Now it's almost 8 months later and I have tried every medicine, from natural to prescriptions. I have severe fatigue, headaches, muscle pains, back aches, stiffness. No matter how much I sleep I don't feel rested. I am really pale, with dark under my eyes. I do not have the energy to go out, and it's not fair to my two children. Since I have been having throat pain since June I am scheduled to have my tonsils removed. Now they tell me I have Von Willebrand disease. The doctors have told me I should be better, and ask me if I need prozac. I have been accused of being a drug addict, and also have been asked if my husband was beating me. Is there any hope of recovery at this point? Can someone tell me it gets better? Has this happened to anyone else?
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replied February 8th, 2012
Hi there,
I got mono in July 2011, almost by the same time you did. A 29 healthy male I was, now I similar to you I feel like crap almost every day although I don't have as many symptoms as I had during the first couple of months. In December I even had 3 weeks straight symptom-free, but now since a month I feel like crap again, tired, having almost constant pressure in the neck and back of my head, weak and occasionally nauseous.
From what I have read (and it's a lot) it might take up to 1-2-3 years for an adult like us to recover - i.e. Cher had it for 3 years back in the 90's... Some guys here in the forum recovered earlier, I guess it depends but you eventually recover, it's not for life. I completely relate to your pain and it's hard after 7-8 months of horrible life (actually pain, life and joy is lost by the time you get mono) to be full of hope and faith. Because sypmtoms change and evolve over time, one day I think I have MS, next week it's brain tumor, then lupus, or high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism - mono have turned me into a complete hypochondriac. Now my work suck, my family life even more, and I was hitting the gym 4 times per week just seven months ago being the most energetic and happy person.
Life is a struggle and we've got to be strong and patient as there's no other option in front.
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replied April 10th, 2015
did things get better now? I am going through something similar and would really like to know.
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replied April 24th, 2015
It always gets better. You could find my story in these forums here, I felt terrible for two years and I thought I'd never be fine again, but now, 3 years after mono first hit me I feel as fit as in my early twenties (and I'm 33 now). It gradually goes away, in waves, but it does go away.

Don't read threads where people say that it remains for life. They have other problems, and mono is only a co-factor.
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replied March 25th, 2017
I wish more people returned to the forums after recovery so others can get a bit of hope. I've been in this for 5 months now and I'm struggling to go to work and life is miserable.
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replied March 25th, 2017
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You'll slowly get better. It would be nice if people returned to say how they are. But it's mainly because they got better. With a bad case of mono things go up and down for about a year sometimes..Don't get to discouraged!
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replied February 9th, 2012
my doctor speaks as if there is a link between mono and CFS. isn't it the same virus ?
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replied February 16th, 2012
Hi there,
I was diagnosed with mono a week ago after multiple trips to the doctor. I had CT scans of the abdomen, xrays of the back, ultrasounds, etc. Not to mention countless times of blood being drawn only for them to tell me they thought it was an ulcer or gastritis. Finally after being exposed to the virus from my daughter's friend, I asked them to test me and after two tests it was positive.
Now I feel like I've walked into a nightmare. Even though I know things could always be worse, right now it doesn't feel like it. I considered myself to be a healthy 39 year old woman who went to the gym everyday and ate right most of the time. Since I've contracted mono I've missed countless days of work. I suffer with severe headaches off and on, weakness in the legs, abdominal pain, back pain, and feeling like I can't really go to the bathroom. I also get bloated, have nausea from time to time, and not much of an appetite. There are days when it's hard for me to concentrate also..kinda like my head is in the clouds, if that makes any sense. Honestly through all of this my fatigue hasn't been too bad and I would probably take that over any of these other symptoms I'm experiencing. It's gotten so bad where I feel like I'm going crazy. You start to wonder if the mono is what's really doing this or if there is some other major medical problem going on?. I have 2 kids and I just want this to go away. Is there anyone else out there that's experiencing any of these problems that I'm having??

Thanks!
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replied March 9th, 2012
response to long term mono affects...
My daughter is 16 and had mono last March 2011. As of today I am searching the internet for anything I can to help her. Although hearing it could "take up to a year" for her to feel better, I am struggling to find answers on something that is now beyond the mono. My daughter suffers every day with symptoms. Extreme exhaustion, body pains in feet, toes, shoulders, arms, back and her hip at night. She has a hard time getting up in the morning and feels sick. During school she can't carry her backpack or walk the halls without becoming extremely tired. She can't wait to get home so she can sleep for about 3 hours every single day. She has a boyfriend and other friends and is not depressed although that is the first response a doctor will asks when you give the symptoms. Soooo, off to the psychatrist we go. Now we recently have gone back to the dr. to find out all the body pain...more bloodwork and sent to a rhumatologist. Still waiting for answers...could be Lupus, Fibro Myalgia....no one knows for sure. I do believe Mono has caused this. I wish I could find out the answers so I can help my daughter. She just wants to feel like herself again.
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replied July 1st, 2012
Did you ever figure out what it was?
Around here we have deer ticks that spread Lyme disease.

Sure sounds like it!
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replied January 13th, 2013
I have all these symptoms and more. I was diagnosed with mono july 2011, it is now jan 2013 and i am still dealing with a multitude of symptoms. life has never been the same since mono and everyday is a struggle. i never know which terrible symptom i'm going to have when i wake up. i have severe muscle pain, rapid heart beat, get extremely fatigued very easily..and it's not just feeling tired it is a weak feeling like i have to lay down at that very moment or who knows what will happen. it is so scary. headaches nearly everyday, neck pain, pains in my arms, dizziness, trouble getting satisfying breaths at times...and no im not depressed although i have developed a bit of anxiety due to always worrying if i'm gonna be able to drive, work, function through the day without getting terribly weak and sick. my legs get weak, i have nausea. i can not tolerate heat at all. i am sensitive to light and loud noises. I can not get a doctor to help me, take me seriously or investigate what is going on...they just look at you like you are crazy. I am supposed to be going to see an immunology doctor soon although i don't have high hopes for this one either. i just start to think is this really all from the mono or is it something else..lyme, ms, p.o.t.s. people downplay mono a lot and it is actually very debilitating. i pray for all who suffer with this. all i can do is eat healthy, alot of raw vegetables, fruits, lots of water and vitamins..lots of vitamins. although i am nowhere near as sick as i was in 2011 i am not clear of all these symptoms..i have good days and bad days, more bad then good. also had cmv back in 2006. had that for a year and seemed to recover but like i said i have never been the same and getting mono just intensified it all even more. i hope to one day be healthy again and live a normal life.
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replied September 30th, 2016
neverfeelsgood, not sure if you still come here. Your symptoms are a carbon copy of mine...literally identical! How are you feeling these days?

I found this website after a really bad day! I went to get my hair done, which should have been relaxing on my own/away from kids, etc. It was so stressful because I had the worst leg and neck weakness. My vision was really sensitive to the lighting and I probably seemed like I was drunk. After she finished my color/highlights, I really felt like I wasn't going to be able to walk to the rinsing sink Sad it was so scary. I almost called my husband to help me. I used mind over matter...thank god for having a strong will. But, the anxiety that I felt from all of this internal stress was horrible. I had heart palpitations, nausea, weakness (neck/leg/arm), dizziness, blurred vision, etc. It was a combo of anxiety and EBV! One thing doctors don't understand is the EBV symptoms bring on the anxiety, we're not depressed with anxiety to begin with. This is a common occurrence for me since May 2012!!! I have been to every specialist MD, ND, Cardio, Neuro, Hematologist, Gastro, Urologist, Infectious Disease, Chiro, every blood test known to mankind, MRI/CT/ultrasound. Probably forgot a few! I do have extremely awesome days and end up overdoing it because it feels so good to be me Smile I have episodes of feeling horrible, I can now tell when an episode is coming on that I can sometimes avoid with laying around and eating super healthy (I already eat healthy). Don't push yourself until you get weak with internal trembling and shakiness, your episodes will last longer. Oh, I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 2015, CFS 1989 and 2013, hyperthyroidism 2015 (which has gone away, I think it was EBV) and finally very elevated EBV antibodies 2015. Checked for MS and was negative for it. EBV feels alot like MS as I have a friend with MS. I am in perfect health otherwise...thankfully! I want to add that I started a protocol from a Natural Doc a couple weeks ago. I have experiencing some herxing (die off of virus that releases neurotoxins that cause flu like symptoms). The protocol is:
-4,000 MG Vitamin C (high dose can kill the virus-going to try IV-Vit C next)
-400 MG magnesium twice daily (Clycinate and Malate are best)
-liver support twice daily
-b complex
-liquid b12 (best combo: methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin.)
-liquid D 3 times daily
-Black Seed oil 1 tspn mixed with honey to kill taste (research this-awesome stuff)
-Really good probiotic twice a day
-Fulvic Acid 1/2 dropper twice a day
-Vitamin E with Selenium
-Wild Blueberry capsule twice a day

Good luck to everyone...remember that WILL pass! Stress keeps it thriving, so chill Wink
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replied February 24th, 2013
Wow.I am so sorry to hear all of the difficult symptoms each has been dealing with since Mononucleosis. I had severe Mono when I was an older teen, as I mentioned in another post to someone. I was hospitalized for over a month with mono and secondary Hepatitis...kept home for a month. Over the years I have fought fatigue.I am now 65, and for the past 20 years EXTREME fatigue has crept into my life deeper and deeper. I fought just to get up in the mornings for many of those years and for the past two can no longer fight. It is exhausting just to reach over to grab the telephone or get up to use the bathroom. I sleep most of the time and life outside of my home is almost impossible for me to even think about. Getting ready to leave the house is just to much work. I will put off a shower for two weeks and then have to force beyond what you can imagine to get in there. I am an attractive woman thought to be in my 40's and I have NO energy for life. I find it very hard to believe that all of this isn't linked to the severe mononucleosis earlier in my life.
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replied March 5th, 2013
Mono and the after affects
This is all very interesting to me although I do feel sorry for all who are struggling through the days, months and even years. I too, contracted mono when I was 19. Now 44, as I reflect on the numerous health issues I've had throughout the past 20+ years, I can say I definitely feel there is some kind of connection. I was very healthy prior to mono and now think that everyone I have talked to about my symptoms, think I'm a hypochondriac. Any cold I've caught since goes straight to my neck first which was one of the more severe symptoms i had when i had mono. I've have suffered anemia,back pain,headaches/migraines, kidney pain,irritable bowel syndrome, loss of strength in my legs and hands, muscle / joint aches, sleeplessness and have recently been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I just recently spoke to a friend who had mono in her early teens and says she has always had thyroid issues and back pain since. She firmly believes there is a definite connection. Thank you all for your information especially regarding the kinds of tests you have had.
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replied April 4th, 2013
I contacted mono in January of 2012. This was a stressful time for me with moving, a breakup, and problems at work. The first thing I noticed was having spontaneous sweats and feeling weak. I remember moving and would have to sit down from feeling like I would pass out. I then developed a severe sore throat with swollen glands that I attributed to allergies. My throat developed white patches of infection on them. It was at that time that I knew this was something other than allergies. I went to the doctor and he did test me for mono after I fought with him about it. His reply was that there was nothing I could do even if I had mono and because I had to develop antibodies, it might not even show up on the test. Well, it didn't. He sent me home with antibiotics and flonase. Three days later, I was worse. Went to an evening clinic where the doctor tested me again. This time the test came back positive for mono. I was off work for a month (I'm 40 and a high school teacher). I never really recovered my energy and it took a lot of 1/2 days off to get me back to work. I was also nauseated, dizzy, and had swollen glands for months. Summer came and I began to feel better. After I went back to work in the fall, I began feeling nauseated and exhausted again. I went back to the doctor and my mono had "re-activated". Your mono can re-activate itself because it is with you forever. That was back i October. It is now March and I am still dealing with the exhaustion. I did take ginseng for awhile which helped with my fatigue and nausea. I started having trouble sleeping on that so I stopped taking it. As I sit here and type this, I remember all the days I used to spend working out after school and just generally enjoying life. I do try to exercise to boost my mood and energy, but I can't over-do it. I went to the doctor to ask for something to help with energy (I thought maybe a high potency vitamin shot or something). The doctor said he thought I was depressed and gave me an anti-depressant. They are still in my cabinet. I refuse to take them because I'm not depressed...like so many of you have said. Just wanted to let you know that you all are not alone!
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replied April 14th, 2013
mono and lifelong probs???
I want to talk for some insight as well. while we are told that mono does not cause lifelong problems i to was diagnosed with mono at 15. I also was a very energetic athletic bubbly person. we two were told it may take up to a year for me to feel better. unfortunately that year has come and gone I am 26 and still suffer a lot of the same symptoms I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but wonder if it is due to mono or not. that is how I found this forum when I was looking for connections with mono and lifelong problems. I think I have decided after what I have read thhat mono is one of the worst things one can contract and it can ruin your entire life. but to the original poster hang in there you never know what when one day can make it all worth it. and I do believe that God has a plan in all things. I will say a prayer for you tonight.
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replied April 14th, 2013
I want to talk for some insight as well. while we are told that mono does not cause lifelong problems i to was diagnosed with mono at 15. I also was a very energetic athletic bubbly person. we two were told it may take up to a year for me to feel better. unfortunately that year has come and gone I am 26 and still suffer a lot of the same symptoms I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but wonder if it is due to mono or not. that is how I found this forum when I was looking for connections with mono and lifelong problems. I think I have decided after what I have read thhat mono is one of the worst things one can contract and it can ruin your entire life. but to the original poster hang in there you never know what when one day can make it all worth it. and I do believe that God has a plan in all things. I will say a prayer for you tonight.
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replied April 21st, 2013
update from last post..I went to an immunologist and had my immune system checked with this new test they have and of course it came back normal. The test for mono came back positive but the titers for EBV came back normal which is confusing to me. I don't understand it. Also Iron is low and vitamin D. The doctor said he thinks I have post viral chronic fatigue syndrome and now I am going to see a rheumatologist who treats chronic fatigue syndrome. I will be seeing him May 31st 2013, the soonest I could get in. Still stuggleing with weakness feeling in my legs and arms and rapid/pounding heartbeat and other symptoms. Next I'm going to be pushing for them to test my heart, maybe that's the problem. I'm just praying this new doctor can help me. All I want is to feel normal.
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replied July 8th, 2013
I'm 16 years old and I used to be an active person. I Did kung fu and karate, used to.be able to.run for longer distances, and a fairly healthy kid. I had a mild case of mono in the sixth grade and didn't think anything of it. Then I started to get sick more often, and then I stopped doing sport's and such. I really just wasn't myself. And since then I havemt been myself. I get bad headaches for no reason, as in headaches that make me want to just lie down and everything and.everyone. I've been.getting muscle cramps as well. I get sick much more easily, and I've had strep throat once since mono. And for.the cherry on top, I had appendicitis last Christmas and got.my appendix.removed. Im always tired and as soon as I get home from school I pretty much just crash. My mono also caused an iron deficiency (anemia) and I have a tough time falling asleep. I was wondering, I haven't read about anyone else getting appendicitis, but I do have some symptoms in common with a lot of.people. does anyone else feel this way? Or even what could.be wrong? Or even if it gets better? I've been symptom free from mono for.two years, and I sis.t think.anything would.show up.again.
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