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Hi, I am 23 years old and got diagnosed with glandular fever in my finals at university back in May this year. I have always struggled with extremely bad tonsillitis throughout school and university, however, was unable to get them out on the NHS because I did not meet the criteria. Despite, getting incredibly bad tonsillitis up to seven times a year and being ill for about 8 days each time, my doctor stated that I needed to have it 8 times with two throat infections in a single year in order to get them out. Last summer I was also diagnosed with extremely bad vertigo, therefore missed a lot of work and could not socialise with friends due too extreme dizziness and sickness. As the summer finished, I started to become better and felt like I was recovering, however, one month into my first university term, I took a bad U-turn and started to become progressively ill. Symptoms were: extreme fatigue, vomiting, bad headaches, achy muscles and the feeling of being a flat battery. It got to the point where I was bed bound, and could barely do my university work or socialise with friends. I was also in my finals at university, so it was a very difficult time. Eventually after many misdiagnoses from doctors over a 4 month period, I was diagnosed with glandular fever in May. Since my diagnoses, I have rested, not drank alcohol, not worked and eaten healthy, however, I just don't seem to be getting any better and ended up in hospital last week again and also had to cancel my holiday. I've started yoga and meditation to try and get in a more positive mind set as I'm slowly feeling more and more depressed due to the frustration of not getting better and not being able to do things. Is it normal to still be this ill after 5 months with glandular fever? Is there anything I can do to speed up recovery? I have also just got a job, however, I am unsure if I can start now as I feel so exhausted and my glands are back up again, its honestly just an ongoing nightmare. The doctors have also linked it to possible post viral fatigue. I just want to be a normal 23 year old who can work, socialise with friends and enjoy life again.
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