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I've always suffered from anxiety but since having mono...holy cow. I feel worse anxiety than I have ever felt.
My story starts when the last weekend of Nov turned into the first weekend of Dec. That Sunday I think was dec 1. I felt so sick like a virus, fever, chills, skin hurt, head hurt and I felt exhausted, nauseas and couldnt eat. The next day I felt sort of better, no fever, but that's when I started being tired and achey, having a headache, and my eyelids swelled up horribly for over a week and my throat began feeling sharp pains like I was swallowing glass. It was so uncomfortable. About 9 days later my husband, twin 14 mo th olds and I moved to a new house and the following day I came down with the flu, worst I ever had it. High fever, aches, chills, sweats and cold spells. I was better about 5 days later but have been exhausted and not myself since the whole thing began. Between dec 1 and 10th I went to urgent care twice and they did strep tests that were negative. Then dec 21 I went to the ER and did test positive for strep. Did antibiotics and the bad soreness went away but I was left still with the stabbing pain like swallowing glass, so I went back and they just prescribed more antibiotics. It was around this time I started having awful sleep problems. Nightmares, sweats, waking up every hour, not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep. January 5th I couldnt take the anxiety of this sore throat and tiredness so I went to an urgent care, explained it all to the physician assistant and he immediately said "I'm doing the rapid test for mono on you, this really sounds like it" and it was positive. My extended blood work showed my organs were all fine, blood counts all fine, I had one positive mono marker than he said means either recent or past infection and coupled with the monospot he said it was either recent or a reactivation of a past mono infection. The ebna was negative so he thinks being at 5 weeks the titer for early acute infection had already gone down, and the ebna which arises usually after 6 weeks, hadnt gone up yet and in 10 to 20% of people who get epstein barr mono, that one never elevates. He basically said dont over exert myself, I'm going to feel run down for a while and try to rest and get fluids while the virus finishes its course. I had so many other symptoms that werent explained by the dr so I have been panicking and convinced myself I have a worse illness which has set off my already horribly anxious mind. I was sleeping better but the last few days I've had the nightmares, sweats and insomnia again. Overnight I get the most intense dry mouth, I wake up and it feels like cotton stuffed in my mouth. I feel anxious all day which makes me feel nauseas so I've lost a bunch of weight. I don't feel hungry until I'm like starving. I dont have the energy to work out and I used to live at the gym. I just feel very down, kind of depressed and sad and not like myself. I've started going to yoga to try some mind body healing and I cant believe how sore my muscles get ....I never used to be like that. I've started B12 and calcium pills. I contacted a therapist where I start next week, to help me deal with the emotional symptoms I've been having. Has anyone had these issues?! Howcome internet searches just say mono is swollen glands and a fever and sore throat for 2 months and you're really tired. Why arent these longer lasting symptoms explained? I cant believe how many others I've read on here have gotten the various sleep disturbances, sweats, insomnia and nightmares. I am sick of thinking something else is wrong i keep having to tell myself no, you have mono, you tested positive for mono you KNOW this is all just from mono. I feel so very alone in this...
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