Mono

  • cbrock

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    Jan 02, 2008 1:26 PM GMT
    I just found out about a week ago that I have mono. My energy level is way low, you know all the symptoms. On top of that I can't work out for at least 6 weeks. Has anyone else gone through this? What did you do to cope with the symptoms? Also, any suggestions on trying to get back into the swing of working out after the six weeks?
  • comtnjock

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    Jan 02, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    I was diagnosed with mono after doing some serious mountain/dirt biking in Utah in July. I ended up passing out when I climbed S. Table mtn. in Golden (my home) when my parents came to visit for July 4th. Since this was my second bout of mono in 12 years, my immune system kept up pretty well. I started doing some slow walks around the neighborhood about 4 weeks after being diagnosed. I then started doing some light hiking and start cycling at a slow to moderate pace (I had a century ride at the end of August). At the six week point, I started going back to the gym to lift, but I always made sure I had a lifting partner and lots and lots of water. I made sure to eat extra protein (not a overdose, but slightly above normal and not from red meats - bad for mono!). My lifting was light in weight and I only focused on one muscle group a day (20-30 min workouts) and slowly built up from there. Keep in touch if you need any other advice. I would recommend sleeping as much as you can for this next week and try to get on a regular sleep schedule with 1-2 hour naps in the day.
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    Jan 02, 2008 11:01 PM GMT
    I've never had mono, but I know a guy who did...the doctor applied leeches three times a day and he had to take a trip (BY TRAIN!) to the coast..the guy with mono, not the doctor.

    Oh, and while he was gone we had to burn all of his sheets. There was something about the blood of a chicken too, but I tried to block that part out...

    ok..now that I got the funny out of the way..I actually did have mono in high school (THANKS JULIE!) and I got strep throat at the same time (also from Julie...well, maybe not, but I blamed her). They gave me antibiotics for the strep and didnt know about the mono...I broke out in hives all over..which apparently is a reaction to treating mono with penicillin...

    I had to go to the hospital, where they kept me for all of five minutes when the real doctor (not the boob who gave me the penicillin) discovered I had mono and that I'd just have to get over it.
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    Jan 02, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    oh, p.s. I hope ya feel better lunchbox...and dont worry about getting back into things at the gym. You probably wont eat as much so you wont be getting fat and you are 22 years old, so jeebus...you're gonna be fine.

    Muscle strength comes back pretty quickly (muscle memory is pretty impressive)..just dont expect too much your first week back.
  • comtnjock

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    Jan 03, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    Worst case of mono story...

    So I was watching daytime tv on the couch and ended up falling asleep. The next thing I know, I was waking up with this bright white light shining in my eyes. I got freaked out (this was the same time X-Files was all about aliens). Here, I was rushed to the hospital and into the operating room. My spleen had nearly doubled in size and the doctors were going to remove it. When I woke up on the table (they had tried to put me to sleep), they canceled the surgery and had me on observation for 5 days. On an all liquid diet (I gained about 10 pounds) my spleen was just slightly enlarged.

    Freaky.

    I got mine for this dumb girl in middle school. She was a carrier. Her brother from college had it.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 03, 2008 10:33 PM GMT
    At the risk of sounding stupid, but what is mono? Is it an std or something like that?

    Mike
  • cbrock

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    Jan 04, 2008 2:04 PM GMT
    from familydoctor.org

    "Mononucleosis (often called "mono") is an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Signs of mono include fever, sore throat, headaches, white patches on the back of your throat, swollen glands in your neck, feeling tired and not feeling hungry."
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 05, 2008 12:32 AM GMT
    That doesn't sound very nice. Best of luck in getting over it.

    Mike
  • kew1

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    Jan 06, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    Mike, it's Glandular Fever over this side of the Atlantic.
    Had it a couple of years ago, was told to stay away from alcohol, take B complex vitamins to boost energy.
    1st doc didn't know what I had & was on 2 different antibiotics (one every 3 hours on an empty stomach, other every 4 hours after food, couldn't quite work out how)+ industrial strength mouth wash to numb throat so I could swallow.Kept in overnight & had a needle & tap left in arm (my blood was on draught).

    Have good immune system so cleared in 2 weeks, was in light training again in 4
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 06, 2008 2:27 PM GMT
    I think it was my sister that got that once. Not very nice at all.