Children 11 or 12 with glandular fever/chronic fatique...

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My daughter is 11 and 3 months into this, exhaustion, headache all the time, and frankly we're all finding it so hard to cope.  Unclear about the best plan, trying to eat really healthy, trying to be in a routine, but nothing seems to be working and she's getting weaker and more depressed.  I'd love to hear any positive stories, how I can help her, any quick recoveries or are we in this for months/years?  Help.  8 weeks till next Specialist appointment and that's an MRI which I'm terrified for her to have to go through.

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    Hi I'm 16 and I'm in my 3rd month too I have the awful headaches in the back of my head and the very bad weakness and the feeling of not being myself and still very tired it's really a long process and docs don't really know how long it can take to actually get over this. Recovery will come to her she is young and I take multi vitamins EVERYDAY and vitamin b12 vitamin d vitamin b complex and a 1000 mg of vitamin c .

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      Where are her headaches located? I was diagnosed in February and have not been better since I have real bad anxiety and depression so the docs put me on medication it's not helping yet but I've only been on the 2 weeks I used to have headaches EVERYDAY wake up with one go to bed with one I still have them but sometimes they go I still have them a lot plus I get blurry vision . I hope this help she is not alone.

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    Hi Allie,

    The fact that she is young works in her favor. I was 54 when I got this virus, it lasted 11 months for me, my granddaughter was 16 when she got it and she went on independent study, it really helped her to be able to rest. It causes depression and anxiety too so it is a double whammy. She will recover it is just a long process, I used advil and vitamins, green tea for anti inflammatory properties.

     

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    HI Allie,

    So sorry to hear that your daughter is having such a hard time with this virus, it really is a traumatic experience to go through the virus and really hoping she feels much better soon. Just want to reassure you that things do get better with it, I was much older when I contracted the virus (25) and it took me 9 months or so but I got better thanks to God's help. I'm not saying it will take that long for your daughter, just want you to know that it is normal that it lingers and goes on much longer than even the doctors often say (they told me 6-8 weeks in the beginning), and then it's equally normal to go on and make a full recovery still. Plus your daughter being 11 is a good thing as the younger you are the better and quicker recovery can be with this.

    So hang in there and take hope and heart - I know maybe she might be a bit young to go onto too many vitamins / herbs, but certainly a good strong multi-vitamin per day could be very helpful during this. Mono often causes so much worry and anxiety, it often tricks you into thinking it is something else or more serious, when usually it isn't - it's just the symptoms of this can be so severe and horrible and debilitating, but they do get better over time and there is definitely hope today.

    Thinking of you and please tell your daughter that absolutely she is going to get better, it's hard to have patience especially as a young person like your daughter but let her know that even though things aren't great right now that with time she will fully recover and get back to a full and active and healthy life again - I truly believe that having been through the virus myself - there is hope.

    Craig

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