Day 6–just diagnosed

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hi! I have to say I'm so relieved to have found this forum. I was diagnosed with mono 2 days ago. On Saturday I developed flu-like symptoms. Chills, headache, fever. Then the fever reached 102.8 and kept staying. I normally beat illness quickly, so I was concerned by day 3. I went to a local urgent care and they said it was just a virus and to go home. I got into my car and just sobbed because I knew something else was wrong.

I'm a stay at home mom and I have been trying to take care of a two year old and an infant. Once my family doctor saw me, he ordered a blood panel and declared me mono-y. My parents took the two year old ans my four month old who I am nursing is with me.

The night sweats started day 3. any advice for dealing with those?

thank you all for your honesty. The anxiety and emotional aspect of this have been easily the most shocking to me. It has been really hard to cope with going from being the only one who cooks/cleans/etc to having to call in family to do it all.

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    Hi Ashley,

    It's awful, isn't it? I was diagnosed last week after a month of not knowing what was wrong (and like you, Urgent Care told me it was 'just a virus' and I should just try to 'eat well and get 30 minutes of exercises a day'...absolutely useless). Thank goodness I found a great doctor who did all the blood work and found out the real reason I felt so awful. It's hard when you have kids too and you feel like you need to be invincible for their sakes'.

    The anxiety is a shock to the system. I've dealt with depression and anxiety before in my life, but the kind that comes with this virus is like nothing I've ever felt before. Hang in there - know that the anxiety is a part of the virus and it will improve. 2 weeks ago I thought I was having a nervous breakdown, but I've noticed some improvement since.

    I haven't had night sweats but have experienced a lot of joint pain and tremors. Take things one day (and night) at a time, and remind yourself that it will pass. Take care x

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      @emma198181 thanks for the words of encouragement. This is a very discouraging virus and I am scared of how long it could hang on. right now my only real goal is to keep my temperature down.

      your urgent care told you 30 minutes of exercise?? oh boy.

      how many kids do you have? I think that is the hardest part for me. I want so badly to take care of them, but it's impossible.

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      I have a four-year-old girl. She's very active and usually I am too, so she's really struggling with me not feeling myself. It's so hard, there are nights when I'm just ready to keel over into bed but she's still a ball of energy!

      My primary physician's biggest advice to me has been fluids, fluids, fluids....drink until you can't drink anymore. That and take it easy as your spleen can become enlarged and vulnerable while you have this illness. To be honest I think it attacks just about every system your body has, so try to be kind to yourself 😃

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    Hi Ashley,

    I caught mono Sept 2018 & suffered with night sweats. Unfortunately you need to let them run its course & just keep yourself hydrated & get plenty of rest. I know that is easier said than done when you have children as I too have a young child.

    The good news is in time you will get better so pull on any support you have as much as poss, get plenty of rest, eat foods full of vitamins & iron & keep yourself hydrated.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery

    Gill x

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    Hi Ashley,

    Oh I'm so sorry to hear what a terrible time you are going through, I remember that first few weeks before I got diagnosed and the week or two after I got diagnosed with mono too, it was such a draining and horrible time and I really wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy - I just want you to know I empathise and to reassure you you will get over this and get back to health again.

    I can only imagine how tough it must be with a young child and trying to cope when going through this virus. It's so important Ashley to make sure you get plenty of rest and to remove stress as much as possible at this time, I know that's easier said than done given that this virus in itself causes a terrible stress. This is not like a normal cold or flu where you can just 'push through', your body really needs proper rest and time to get over this thing.

    But truly Ashley I want to encourage you that 100% you WILL get over this virus - what you are going through now, this intense acute phase is BY FAR the worst time of it - it can take a little time to get over this fully for some but truly you will get there, and it's just important you look after yourself, take time and rest - I remember getting through each day in those early stages of the virus was so draining and exhausting, so if you can put your health first and be kind to yourself.

    Taking vitamins and herbs really helped me through recovery Ashley - a good strong multi-vitamin per day (I take Immunace Extra on sale here in the UK), high doses of Vitamin C (5mg per day is a high dose but can make a difference), a B complex vitamin and/or Co-enzyme Q10 can be fabulous too for energy levels and your nervous system, and immune boosting herbs like siberian ginseng and echinacea. I'm no expert in all this though just going on the things that helped me and my own research, it's always important to check for any interactions with other conditions / medication before starting vitamins / herbs of course. But it can help your body cope a bit better during this tough time. Also seeing a herbal doctor / specialist helped me too and they can hopefully offer some good advice.

    Hang in there Ashley - thinking about you and remember you will get better! And that's coming from me as someone who got so down and distressed during this virus. I know it was only down to God that I was able to get through it and get better - God is the great healer, I believe He will get you through this.

    It's a great forum on here, lots of kind and understanding people who truly know what this virus is like to go through - definitely a better place to come and than general googling and only reading people's scare stories. Message any time Ashley!

    Take care and just one day at a time.

    Craig

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