Glandular Fever

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Hi I'm 17 years old and was diagnosed with Glandular Fever yesterday! I first noticed a bump on my neck about two weeks and went to the doctor 5 days ago as I was experiencing extreme pain in my throat and was very tired. I got a blood test which confirmed glandular fever yesterday. Today my throat felt much better and the pain was tolerable which allowed me to go to school. Everyone in school to go home and rest including a lot of teachers! It's now the night and I still don't feel too tired! Is this unusual and should I be worried I'm not resting as much as I should! Is it possible I don't have glandular fever even though it was positive in my blood I know that it can sometimes be a virus! I may just be hopeful thinking! If it is how should I know if I am tired and genuinely need to rest as supposed to being just tired! Very stressed as I have important exams this year and need to have energy! sad thank you!!

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    Hi Victoria,

    everyone is different and has gf for variable amounts of time. We are all individual! So I don't want to scare you, but I can tell,you my experience.

    it took about 4 ish weeks for it to properly kick in for me, I was still able to work etc at first, just yawned a lot!!! Then it sent me to bed on Xmas day 2016! I had a horrendous 8 months of ups and downs, extreme tiredness, exhaustion, aching legs and arms etc. It has been getting better from August, but still ups and downs and I'm not back to normal yet, in fact the endocrinologist I saw today reckons another 6 months to a year before I'm fully recovered but this is something I will recover from(that's the good news)  I would just say take it easy, don't over do things, listen to,your body, rest when you can, take vitamins, drink plenty of water, eat healthily. Don't drink alcohol.

    i hope things are quicker for you. And it doesn't last that long

    caroline xx


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    Hi Victoria,

    So sorry to hear you have glandular fever sad

    Just want to write to offer some reassurance, it can affect different people differently from my understanding, I had it when I was 25 and it hit me quite badly, but the younger you are I think the quicker the recovery can be and that's a good thing for you. It is important to try and get rest in the early stages, sometimes when just diagonsed it can be like that you maybe don't feel too bad one day and it can be worse another, so do be careful and if you need to take time off school please do that because your health is important. Although of course I do understand the worries and stresses of being off especially in exam year, but remember your health is important and that this virus does need respect too!

    Things that can help are taking some vitamins / herbs supplements to boost your immune system, for me I found taking a good strong multi vitamin per day was helpful, along with high doses of Vitamin C (1000mg per day), a B complex vitamin and immune boosting herbs like siberian ginseng and echinicea. But of course do seek the advice of doctor and anyone before taking lots of supplements or anything, and remember you are going to get better - hang in there and thinking about you!


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    Hi there, 

    so sorry to hear you've been diagnosed with this! I also got mono during my junior year of high school and it was quite the journey. Make sure to keep getting the vitamin levels in your blood checked as deficiencies only make it worse. You should also see if there is an infusion specialist in your area who you can talk to about vitamin C infusions with. The specialist I saw has had a ton of success with giving people high dosages of vitamin c in an infusion to help with mono. For a lot of people, it significantly reduces the length and severity of their mono, and I'd suggest it as a precaution even though you are not feeling very ill yet. Unfortunately for me, it's important to get them right at the beginning of when you get sick and I didn't find my specialist until I had already had mono for over 4 months. Thankfully you caught yours pretty early! As for testing, if you're talking about the SAT and ACT I'd suggest trying to sign up for one while you are still feeling good just in case you do get a bit worse, If not you can always take them during the fall of senior year smile Best of luck with everything, I hope you heal quickly <3 

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