Heart discomfort after feeling better

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Hello everyone,

First off reading other stories after first being diagnosed with mono helped me know I was not alone!

A little bit of the back story. Early July I began to have pain in my back and a fever. I had an ultrasound of my gallbladder and a CT. It only revealed I had slight pneumonia. I took antibiotics and started to feel better, but then got worse. For the next three weeks I had a fever (100-102F), no appetite (lost 20 lbs), night sweats, and elevated heart rate (~110 bpm). When I initially found out I had been diagnosed with mono I was glad to know there was a reason. This was July 22nd. A few weeks went by and I began to feel better, but then one night I had a sharp pain in my left side and difficulty breathing. My heart rate was around 160 bpm. I thought for sure my spleen was rupturing so I went to the ER, August 19th. Nothing was found, but my D-dimer was 4 times the normal limit so they checked for a pulmonary embolism which was negative. The next two days I went back to normal and all was well.

Fast forward to August 29th and my heart rate is now elevated, but I have no fever. I have a tightness in my chest on the left side. I went to the ER yesterday (August 30th). They did an EKG and it was normal as well as did blood work for multiple things. My D-dimer was lower (in the 300's) and the CT showed no pneumonia. They checked my heart enzymes and it came back fine.

My question to you all, did anyone experience this same type of discomfort during or after their mono? I saw that, while rare, myocarditis and pericarditis can occur with a virus, such as mono. I have a cardiologist appointment, but the earliest I could get was September 10th.

The only other thing I can think it is, is anxiety, but I have never had this feeling before or usually get anxious.

Appreciate your responses!

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    I should also add when this started my legs also began to feel throbbing/weird sensations while walking, even from the couch to the rest room.

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    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for taking the time to share your story and I can only imagine how awful this last couple of months must have been for you. I really do empathise and remember the first two months I felt unwell with mono too and I went through a lot of the same fears, worries, anxiety and just feeling so unwell and 'off', my main symptoms were that awful low grade fever and just feeling so exhausted, drained and generally unwell.

    I definitely want to reassure you that it is normal to have all sorts of weird aches, pains and symptoms like you describe - it's such a horrible thing to go through and people who haven't experienced this virus don't always understand how intense and debilitating it can be. I remember in the first couple of months getting through a single day was a terrible strain and struggle. And you must truly be drained having been to the hospital and doctors and having all the worry and strain of those different tests and the frustration of not feeling like you're getting anywhere.

    Please let me assure you Terry that it's so common with mono to feel symptoms so intense and have so many different tests come back as normal! All my other tests too came back as normal other than the initial blood test which showed mono, even though I felt so unwell and with different aches and pains and exhaustion for weeks on end which didn't seem to lift. It made me think and worry 'Surely ALL this can't be coming from mono?', but the truth is that it was and this virus is nasty and can really cause all these wide ranging symptoms.

    But absolutely my message to you is one of hope - this thing DOES get better, and it is normal after a couple of months still to be feeling thing so awful and intense. The intensity does lessen as time goes on Terry - what you're going through is BY FAR the worst part. It's just so frustrating that this virus can take a bit of time, but truly it does get better and you will make a full recovery - and that's coming from me as someone who was feeling so unwell and anxious with it for a number of months. I know it was only down to God that got me through it, I believe He is the great healer and will get you through Terry.

    Things that helped me during recovery included taking vitamins and herbs - a good strong multi-vitamin per day (I take Immunace Extra here in the UK), higher doses of Vitamin C (1000mg-3000mg per day), a B complex vitamin and/or Co-enzyme Q10 (great for nervous system and energy levels) and immune boosting herbs like siberian ginseng, echinicea and oregano. Of course please know I'm no expert in vitamins or anything just going on my own research and things that helped me - it's always important to check for any interactions with other conditions / medication before starting supplements, and I found checking in with a natural / herbal doctor helped me get some good advice too with what to take.

    And it's also really important to rest rest rest! And remove stress as much as possible! Put yourself and your health first at this time, this virus really needs respect and time to recover, so many people try to 'push through' like they would a normal cold or virus, but that really just often prolongs things with this virus, it really does need your body to have some proper recuperation time to recover.

    It's a great forum here with lots of good and compassionate people who know what it's like to go through this virus - and absolutely the main thing I want to let you know is that you will make a complete recovery from this virus and it is normal to experience what you're going through with this, not that it makes it any easier to cope with I know, but truly with time you will get through this and you will get back to full health with this - trusting God with that!


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    Yes, this is exactly the same as my experience. Elevated heart rate, and heart palpitations seem to be the only remaining symptoms now. 6 months ago, in the beginning, I had a host of weird symptoms (night sweats, weight loss, pins and needles, rash, white tongue, nasal congestion at night to name but a few), but now it's just high heart rate and palpitations.

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    I came down with my initial symptoms on 3rd March of year. A whole host of nasty viral symptoms. I started to get heart palpitations around 1-2 months after. my resting heart rate reached ~100bpm and was commonly above 90bpm. I also had elevated BP. For the past couple of months its been back to normal and feels as though its almost completely resolved. I still get some mild palpitations, but my blood pressure and resting heart rate are normal now. It's been 8 months since onset of the virus.

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