Mono... Four months, now what?

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    Dec 30, 2011 9:06 AM GMT
    So just got over mono. Lost almost ever gain I've achieved. Feeling lazier as every, but super bored. Obviously I need to get back into the gym, but do I go back to my staying points, our do I start super super slow/low? anyone with experience? Thanks
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    Dec 30, 2011 12:13 PM GMT
    I'm really sorry that you got mono. I hate it beyond belief.

    When I got over mono I was able to recuperate lifting much faster than cardio. I went slow, going into the gym and not trying to work too hard for fear of a relapse. I wouldn't stress lack of progress for the simple reason of not relapsing.

    Of course, I'm not a doctor. I'd just recommend easing back in.
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    I JUST got over mono as well. Luckily it only lasted a month, and my spleen didn't enlarge (like it sometimes can), so I stepped right back into the gym. It's definitely frustrating because I've lost some strength.

    It's been four months since you were able to go to the gym? My advice would be to take it really slow. Low weights, maybe higher reps. That's more than enough time for your body to revert back to not being "gym-ready", so you'll want to be careful the first couple weeks going back. And get ready for some extreme soreness, too. Hopefully your body will be readjusted to the gym within a few weeks of taking it slow.

    I'm not entirely sure, but I don't think you can get a "relapse" of mono unless you become severely immuno-compromised (such as getting a bone marrow transplant, etc.). It's true the virus stays with you, lying dormant, but regular gym stress isn't going to make you have a relapse (unless you still have mono, in which case you haven't gotten over it in the first place).

    Mono is the WORST...at least now we're immune, right?
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    OtherWyzeMono is the WORST...


    I'm pretty sure there are a few things worse than mono, say Ebola, cancer, being burnt alive, pleated pants...
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    be careful..go slowly..mono swells your spleen..don't push yourself too hard,you might injure your spleen....
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    you seem to have a weak immune system.
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    I was basically incapacitated for a month or so... many people do have it for several months.... some even have relapses...

    What I started doing when I was getting better was to only eat raw fruits and vegetables... eve garlic and ginger raw.. nothing cooked.. no meats or grains.. see if that helps you?
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    I got mono during my surgery rotation of third year of medical school (80 hour work weeks and working from 4:30AM til about 7PM or 8PM every night)...not a good time.

    I actually ended up hospitalized because it affected my liver so badly and actually caused my immune system to react by attacking not only my liver, but also my red blood cells (dropped 5pts in hemoglobin, causing a huge bump in my bilirubin).
  • neon_tiger

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    Dec 30, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
    I developed chronic fatigue syndrome after my mono episode. It took about two years for me to feel 100% again. Take it easy and dont over exert yourself. Stay way from pre workout energy booster, since they might might make you feel capable of exerting yoursefl in ways that your body is not yet ready to handle.
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    Dec 30, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    People who get Infectious Mononucleosis should refrain from any strenuous activities or contact sports for the first 3 weeks of illness. The spleen that is actually a large "lymph node" swells/enlarges and may rupture. Splenic rupture is a rare complication of this disease and it is worthwhile to get some rest during the first 3 weeks.

    As to your question, resume your normal routine in a progression. Build your stamina and endurance (lots of ways of doing this) and start lifting weighs in a progression as well. Remember, haste makes waste.
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    Dec 30, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    First, welcome to RJ!

    Second, sorry you were sick, and glad you're feeling better.

    Lastly, when you resume working out you'll be pleased to see that your hard earned gains haven't disappeared as completely as they might appear. A lot of the tone and mass you gained was from increasing the max potential size of muscle fibres. Those fibres aren't pumped as big now as they were before you got sick, but they still have the capacity to get that pump. And they'll come back quickly when you start working out.

    The bigger problem you're likely to encounter is your energy level and mental sense of wellbeing and motivation. Mono saps that in many ways. The keys to dealing with that are good nutrition and the mental resilience required to push through the inevitable sense of sluggishness.

    Good luck!
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    Dec 31, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    xtopherxy saidSo just got over mono. Lost almost ever gain I've achieved. Feeling lazier as every, but super bored. Obviously I need to get back into the gym, but do I go back to my staying points, our do I start super super slow/low? anyone with experience? Thanks
    I'm currently working back in from a two month health hiatus.
    Rule of thumb: If it takes longer to recover than it used to, ease it up a bit next time (less time, less reps, less etc, or any combination of the three). In other words, find what works for you.

    BTW, I had mono several years ago. You have my condolences. icon_lol.gif