The Kissing Disease

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    Jan 10, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    Anyone ever had Mono aka (kissing disease, glandular fever, infectious mononucleosis) ???

    My doctor called with the news this afternoon. It was sort of a relief as I has just started developing rashes, swollen lymph nodes, and lost appetite. I was freaked out it was HIV but now this seems just as bad coming at me right before my last semester.

    I'm told I need an ultrasound and rest, and should limit contact people people for I know the worst is over. As I stated above this is my last semester and I start an internship in a week. Lots of direct contact people people (hospitality major so people can't be avoided as part of the job)

    Can mono be bad enough it could throw everything off??? icon_confused.gif

    And advice or past experiences would be appreciated.
  • cutejock

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    Jan 10, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    I had mono, and they were right when they told me that it brings along the worst sore throat you've ever had in your life...i was on liquid painkillers. The thing is, you're just totally drained of energy, don't really feel any motivation to do anything, and please, trust me, don't think you're better and try driving anywhere! It takes a couple of weeks for the main symptoms to go away (like the sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, lost appetite, inability to sleep, feverchills, etc), but the rest of the waiting period is just to avoid any damage to your spleen, where the bulk of the disease gets processed, and causes inflamation and makes it easier to rupture.

    Ironically, a whole bunch of us got it from a 4th of July party where we were all passing around drinks (everyone brought something to share and sample), and it was the same symptoms and schedule for almost all of us. it hit about 2 weeks after the party, we were tired for about a week, and then all the symptoms listed about kicked in for about a week. then, we were all tired for another week, and after that, just felt a little physically weak from what our bodies had just gone through. Also, when you are able to start eating again (for a while, you won't want to look at food), take it slow...do more frequent small meals, since your stomach will be used to being empty from all this, and you will feel full very fast...it just needs to readjust to being full again, and that part takes time.

    Hope you get better soon bud, and don't try to hurry through this. Ask the doctors for things to help with the symptoms, since they can't really 'cure' mono - once they have diagnosed it, you can usually just call, tell them what symptoms are bugging you, and they just call the prescription in without needing to wait for a visit.
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    Jan 11, 2009 12:22 AM GMT
    I had mono but I never thru up. My throat was so sore and swollen I was on vicodin and a throat suppressnt so I wouldn't suffocate. But I also couldn't eat becausemy sore throat. Not even apple sauce it hurt to much to swallow.

    But yeah mono sucks balls. And the kind of I balls that ppl don't want to suck like Sarah palins low hangers.
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    Jan 11, 2009 12:24 AM GMT
    Never had it not even in college.
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    Jan 11, 2009 12:28 AM GMT
    I had a really bad dose of it several years ago, was laid up (or more accurately laid down) for about 8 weeks. Don't remember having a sore throat, just complete exhaustion, really bad night sweats (I used to wake up at 3am sopping wet) etc. If I had to go out or to the supermarket, I knew I had about 20 mins before the energy would run out and I would start getting dizzy / lightheaded. Not pleasant, I don't recommend it to anyone! I would say listen to your body, if you need to rest / sleep / do nothing then do it. The worst part for me was that usually if you get a cold / flu you know you will get better in a few days, but this just dragged on for weeks, I felt like I was never gonna get better, it was very depressing.
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    Jan 11, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    I got mono the start of my junior year in college. It was the worst thing to happen to me. My doctor advised me to drop the semester but I didn't at first . I was the type of person to never get sick and I could not believe that this mono thing could really be as bad as my doc said it would be. So at first I only dropped the a swimming class ( because I wasn't supposed to have a lot of physical activity). I skipped the first two weeks of class hoping the rest would help my immune system build back up and beat the mono. No such luck. Just as my doctor said it would my mono got worse not better. I ended up withdrawing from three more classes--staying in two that I knew under normal circumstances would have been easy classes for me. by the end of the semester I realized I should have listened to my doctor and withdrawn completely for the semester. I just couldn't stand the thought of losing a complete semester and falling behind.

    My mono cleared up in 4 months but for the next five (after the mono) my immune system was still so weak that I had a new cold every other week. By the end of it all I lost 50lbs despite listening to my doctor and doubling up on carbs and calories to help fuel my immune system.

    Mono affects different people differently. Some people only get mild cases of it lasting a week or two, others end up in the hospital. The guy who gave me mono only experience lite flu systems for two weeks, I obviously had a slightly more severe case. My advice to you is to listen to your doctor and don't feel pressured to stick with the internship or stay in the semester; you may end up losing more if you do. But like I said the number 1 thing you should do is listen to your doctor and do as she advises.
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    Jan 11, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    I had glandular fever (mono) when I was in my early 30s. As somone suggested, it affects people differently. I had it acutley and was hospitalised as they initially thought it was viral menangitis.

    I had all the symptoms: the worst sore throat; swollen glands; severe fatigue; swollen liver/ juandice...etc. I was training/ competing (triathlon) big time at the time.

    But what surprised everyone, including my doctor, was my speedy total recovery - attributed to both my health (i.e. being very fit) and my approach to recovery. I think the secrete to my recovery was a high protien diet. But you have to be careful about the types of protien you eat as mono can effect the liver - my liver was severely affected - low fat (i.e. lean chicken) and the avoidence of fat and not too much dairy was my secrete.

    Good luck.
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    Jan 11, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    I also had mono in college (noticing a trend here), freshman year. It didn't knock me out of taking classes for a semester, but it was the most god-awful sore throat I'd ever had, and strep throat nearly brings me to tears. The biggest impact, though, was being just utterly drained of energy. You wanna sleep all the time, and even when you just wake up you feel like you need to go back to bed. Generally, listen to your body, if for no other reason than if you're unconscious then you don't feel the pain of the sore throat. It's not fun and I got a sore throat at the same time of year for a few years afterwards.

    The soothing light at the end of this tunnel, though, is that mono is like chicken pox (I think) and once you've gotten it, you're pretty much immune. The freight train coming your way, unfortunately, is that the virus takes up residence in your spine, if I remember right, so while you can't get a new case of mono, the one already in your system can have a minor flare up once in a while, which is what my sore throats most likely were.
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    Jan 11, 2009 3:48 AM GMT
    Well first off it is important to note that better than 95% of adults have had this illness by 40 years old. It is very common but not always as severe as some cases you will hear about. The mild cases get passed off as the flu or a viral upper respiratory infection and no tests are done. The severe sore throats in college age patients get looked at more closely and tested. Test's don't cure patients.

    Typical cases last 6-8 weeks and almost none exceed 4 months of symptoms. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/ebv.htm

    If you are on the Quarter system, it might be wise to drop classes simply to avoid poor marks due to lethargy and decreased concentration from the viral syndrome. You must rest in the first several (3-5) weeks or likely you will prolong your recovery as others have stated. There are no specific effective therapies for this besides "watchful waiting" and rest. No contact sports during the time that your spleen might be enlarged. That is likely the purpose of the Ultrasound.

    In the past 40 years I have seen many cases (500-600) and most recover without significant problems. It is better not to focus on the rare severe case, as it will scare the crap out of you. Your chances are good for a full recovery. Speak to you Health Care Provider and ensure your questions are answered. That is their job!
  • Viaggiatore

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    Feb 10, 2009 6:31 AM GMT
    I had mono and caught the worst of it during finals week, which was awful. I remember my submandibular lymph nodes were so awollen you could see them from across the room. icon_eek.gif

    On a serious note, history of mononucleosis infection is one of the risk factors for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.