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My daughter is 19 years old and about 2 years ago was diagnosed with Glandular Fever. Since then she has experienced bouts of extreme fatigue, swollen glands (particulary behind her ears) and high temperature. Visits to our GP have proved fruitless, it's always 'come back in a couple of weeks'. My daughter would recover for a couple of months and then become ill again. About three weeks ago our GP relented and took a blood test and chest x-ray, this was clear but a couple of the blood results were high. Again the GP said come back if you don't feel better. Two weeks ago my daughter had what looked like insect bites on her legs, these became red and warm. The out of hours GP diagnosed infected insect bites and prescribed cream. Within a few days the lumps had flattened out, got larger, hot, red and walking was painful. Last Wednesday daughter returned to our GP who diagnosed cellulitis and prescribed antibiotics. On Saturday she was crying in pain, her legs were swollen, the rash worse and was spreading up above her knees. Back to the out of hours doctor and luckily this one spotted the EN, although she said she hadn't seen it for several years. We were sent to a local hospital infectious diseases ward (although the doc wasn't sure if this was the best place to go, she thought it was a start). The hospital doctor was excellent, she listened and understood the problem, and also appreciated how much pain my daughter was in. She thought the EN could be a result of a strep. throat my daughter had a few months ago, and could be linked back to the glandular fever. She took blood for various tests. As EN is not an infectious disease she could have turned us away, but thankfully she didn't. Painkillers (paracetemol and ibuprofen) and bed rest were prescribed. Today the rash has progressed to the bruised-look stage and the lower legs are still quite swollen, but my daughter is looking a bit better, with less pain. We are back at the hospital tomorrow for blood results and hopefully more information and advice. I hope we can find the underlying cause of the EN and my daughter can get better. From reading other sufferers accounts I realise my daughter has been very lucky by chance getting a GP who recognised the illness and then another doctor who was willing to help.
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