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5 yr old has mono symptoms for 10 months

Hello, I'm looking for any suggestions here. My 5 year old got sick with a bad sore throat more then 10 months ago. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic and when we went back in for a recheck I told her he wasn't acting like his normal self. Tired all day and no energy. She ran a bunch of blood test on him to rule anything out and he tested positive for mono, white blood count low, and neutrophils low. Since then he's been tested every few months and the active mono still comes up and neutrophils still low. White blood count back to normal. He's still experiencing a lot of symptoms. He cries every day that his throat hurts all the time. He constantly has dark circles under his eyes. Just yesterday we went to the mall and after about 10 minutes of walking he started crying he was so tired and didn't feel good and wanted to go home. He also is getting sick really easy. Just in the last few months he's had the flu, RSV, coronavirus, and rhinovirus, not to mention the constant sore throat. He used to go through the whole winter with barely a cold. It breaks my heart seeing my little boy have no energy all the time. He'll have spurts during the day where he'll be running around playing but then it zaps his energy. He's been tested for vitamin deficiency and anemia as well and both of those came back normal. The infection control doctor just blew it off. Any suggestions on what I can ask for him to be tested for or what I can do for him? His last appointment he lost weight so she has him on Pediasure. He's only 32 pounds so he doesn't have weight to lose. From what I've read most small children who get mono have very few symptoms and usually never even know they had it. I'm getting really frustrated and worried about him.
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replied February 22nd, 2015
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Well, two answers for your questions.
First one, get a second opinion. Before you attribute these problems to mono you'll want to rule out anything more serious. You'll want to find a Doctor willing to do the more conclusive tests, which include a CT scan of chest and abdomen. A good Doctor will leave no stone unturned.
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Mono can in fact cause your son's problems. Yes, generally younger children are not as effected by mono, however what makes mono severe or not is entirely dependent and an individuals specific immune system. Science really has no clue why some get by easy and others don't . You can be reassured that your child is not the first to be affected this way. Make sure you let him rest when he wants to. Please keep me posted!! Mono is horrible and not very understood.
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replied February 23rd, 2015
Thanks for the reply. I'm going to ask his doctor about a CT scan. Since I've posted I've gotten a referral to a different infectious disease/immune specialist at a larger Children's hospital. With his neutrophils low they think he may have neutropenia which is why he's not fighting if off. I just want to rule anything more serious out. Thanks again. I'll update when we find anything out.
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replied February 23rd, 2015
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thanks, keep us posted. Having a sick child is no fun!
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