10 weeks and will the new symptoms ever end

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I AM 10 weeks in from diagnosis, i have had some really positive days, almost to the point i think i have turned a corner.

i still have weakness in my left arm, i can't bend my thumb although it moves sideways

my upper right arm is still painful st the sight of my initial pains

MY Newest symptom started yesterday, i gave started to have a few walks out to get my legs moving as i am active, well i was

Yesterday my lower left leg started to feel a bit numb and i discovered the back of my knee was swollen compared to my right, HAS ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCED THIS????

I Have results of further blood tests tomorrow along with x ray results

I am also nervous about an appointment with a neurologist in July

any replies appreciated about the knee symptoms to help put my mind at rest.

I Feel for everyone going through this

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    Hi James,

    My left arm has felt slightly numb several times over the course of my symptoms. I've also had severe bouts of pins and needles - usually at night. along with a host of other symptoms, which seem to change from day to day and week to week. It's mainly severe dizzy spells, blotchy hands, dry mouth, heart palpitations, and a general feeling of being unwell at the moment

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    Hello James,

    So sorry to hear you have been going through mono, I do empathise having went through a tough time with the virus a number of years ago, and definitely want to reassure and encourage you that things will get better and you will get back to full health again for sure.

    I remember having all sorts of weird aches and pains during first few months after diagnosis, it can be common to get different pains particular in the glandular areas (neck, armpit, groin, chest). I also went through a phase with different nerve pain and numbness too if I remember rightly, and also with joint pain. This virus can affect in so many different ways, you're doing the right thing getting checked out with x-ray and neurologist, etc, that's wise, and for sure there is a very good chance that it is all coming from the mono and there is nothing else to worry about.

    I too had a phase with bad joint pain and remember both my knees were affected and had to wear some support bands to help, had some weird bruising with it too. It really worried me too, but this virus really can do these strange things and believe me James it does pass and things to get better - just so frustrating it can take a bit of time sometimes, don't panic if that is the case because most definitely you will make a full recovery.

    Taking vitamins and herbs during recovery helped me a lot, a good strong multi-vitamin per day (I take Immunace Extra here in the UK), higher doses of Vitamin C (1000mg-3000mg per day), a B complex and/or Co-enzyme Q10 supplement per day (great for nervous system and energy levels) and immune boosting herbs like siberian ginseng and echinacea. Of course it's no overnight cure but it can help your body and immune system cope much better when going through this virus - it's so important though to check for any interactions with other health conditions or medication before taking any supplements. I'm no expert just going on my own research and the things that helped me - also seeing a naturopath / herbalist helped me as well as they can give the proper advice on these things.

    Hang in there James - thinking about you and remember you WILL get through this, just take it one day at a time and get plenty of rest and keep in mind that this will pass and better times are ahead.


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      thanks for the reply

      I have had blood results back today, 10 weeks on still testing positive with Glandular Fever do hopefully as im still fighting it it will be the cause of all my symptoms

      How long was it before you got over it and back to normal?


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      Hey James,

      I think for sure it can still be normal in those first number of weeks / months for blood test results to show positive, hoping so much everything settles down soon for you and remember just take it one day at a time that's all you can do with this horrible virus.

      For me it did take an extended period, it was about 10 months before I really started to feel like a real breakthrough occurred but please don't panic at that because my experience was that BY FAR those first 3-4 months were the worst, and that the intensity lessened after that, but just wanted you to know not to panic it can be normal for it to take a little while for full recovery, but most definitely you will get there. Everyone's journey is different though I have read others on the site that recovered much quicker than me, it really is a unique experience to each individual person.

      Hang in there James and remember you will get better with some time!


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    Mono can affect any lymph node in your body.

    At the back of your knees there are a batch of lymph nodes. It can be normal for them to be achy and painful.

    Most likely this is the reason for your arm pain as well, as the arm has many lymph nodes also.

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    My knees and hip bone recently hurt badly. I finally got a break from the for a be beautiful 2 days. During those days, I could barely walk. Fever is back but now I can walk. lol so it seems like joint issues can be common.

    sending you hugs and health.

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