Epstein Barr Virus

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    Jul 02, 2013 10:06 PM GMT
    Guys, just have to rant here.

    I got a call from my doctor's office today and was told that my cholesterol was good and my liver and kidneys were doing fine. Good news then the nurse threw in the kicker. I still have Epstein Barr virus or mono and the level was elevated but not getting worse. I knew I had it since first being told about it in April.

    Well I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach.

    I'm thankful that so far the symptoms seem to be mild: some headaches and fatigue. I've cut down on my exercise because I don't want my spleen to rupture. I've cut down on drinking as well. I also try to get enough rest but still have trouble sleeping at night.

    I really don't know how I got it except while drinking at a friend's house on some occasions I used to drink from the same glass as him. That's my guess anyway. Also I work retail.

    It's kind of funny in a way because I take care of myself and my sex life has been nonexistent. Now thanks to this my sex life will continue to be nonexistent for months and months.

    Thanks for letting me rant guys.

  • Import

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    Jul 02, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    It's good to vent and rant, u dirty little whore. kissin all the boys icon_razz.gif
  • TheBizMan

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    Jul 02, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    Pretty sure I have mono lying in wait.

    Damn frat...
  • mybud

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    Jul 03, 2013 3:01 AM GMT
    Roseanne's ex gets around huh....
  • Pontifex

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    Jul 03, 2013 5:24 AM GMT
    It isn't bad when the doctor tells you that you have it.

    It sucks when you are dead tired, can't swallow and can feel your enlarged liver.

    A very large portion of the population is immune to it. Most guys have had it and know that they've had it. Your sex life can continue, just make sure that any partners are aware of it and can make the decision on their own whether they want to risk it. (it really isn't a risk if you've had it before)

    Mono seriously took me out of life for about a month. Take care of yourself, keep yourself healthy, hydrated and rested and let your immune system do its work.

    My doctor ran the tests and my body seemed to recover from it quite quickly. There was no sign of the active virus in my bloodwork 4 months after I was diagnosed and when I was diagnosed with it, it was so bad that I basically lived off of liquids for a month and stayed awake for just enough hours of the day to go to work.

    I wouldn't just cut down on the drinking, I would stop drinking or doing anything else that puts stress on your body. Let it recover. Doing anything else is just going to prolong it and force you to take longer to get back to normal. Secondary infections aren't rare and with a weakened immune system can take longer to recover from.

    I'm not sure if it helped but I read some advice and was taking ginseng and lysine which I believe helped me reduce my recovery time.

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    Jul 04, 2013 12:31 PM GMT
    Import, I wish. I need to be kissed and kissed often. icon_biggrin.gif

    Pontifex, thanks for the thoughtful response.

    I have been taking it easy and drinking lots of water. The funny thing is I've had no fever, no sore throat, no felt swelling just fatigue.

    No sparring, no jogging, no splashing in the pool! Hong Kong Phooey! Been doing bodyweight exercises and one or two dumbbell exercises but no heavy weights. Probably shouldn't do that but working out along with reading and writing keeps me sane.
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    Jul 04, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    My teen son had it for months. REST, REST, REST!!! thats about all you can do. And you shouldn't drink any booze during this. All the best!