Made a mistake - drinking with mono

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Hi everyone,

I’ve been having a really rough time with mono, but two friends got married last night and I decided to drink alcohol for the first time since diagnosis. BIG MISTAKE. This morning, my head hurts so very badly, my side feels tender and swollen, my stomach is a fire pit, I am lightheaded every time I move, and my heart rate is so, so high (90-110 all morning!). I feel so stupid but when I was at the wedding, i felt okay and after my second glass of wine, I felt better than I had in weeks. 

Has anyone had a similar experience? Or do I maybe need to contact a doctor? Ugh.  

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    Hi bjams,

    how long have you had it mono/gf now? 

    ive been off alcohol since I've had this virus and I daren't drink alcohol just because I'd hate to feel so ill. It's tricky as you sometimes need to test yourself and you don't quite know what to do for the better!!  I'm so sorry you feel rough today...I suppose it's hard for your body to process the alcohol but hopefully you'll be better in another day or to?! C x

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      Hi C!

      I’ve only had an official diagnosis for about 3 weeks, but if I had to guess, I think I went undiagnosed for two months before that - I had been in and out of the doctors office in Nov/Dec complaining of symptoms, but was constantly told it was anxiety/stress and heartburn.  Thanks so much for your kind words - I know I should have avoided it but.... I’m trying not to beat myself up over it but it’s hard!

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    Hi Bjams,

    It's really important you don't beat yourself up about this....when you have a good day or spell and feeling a bit better it's natural you would want to or try to do the things you enjoy or normally do. I was guilty of it too, sometimes with trying to exercise when not well enough and stuff.

    This won't cause any long term harm or affect your recovery at all, just maybe make you feel a bit worse for a few days at most I really hope. Don't panic and remember you're still going to recover and yes just something to remember for future to stay away from alcohol when recovering is the best policy I'd say definitely - but don't worry about it you are gonna get there and get through this and make a full recovery, and don't beat yourself up either you haven't done anything wrong, it's all a learning curve going through the recovery process of this, I know I had so many ups and downs and could have done so many things much better and it's the same for everyone I think!

    Thinking about you today and hang in there!

    Craig

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      Thanks Craig. I appreciate all of your kindness so much - especially when I know you have struggles too. Thank you and thinking of you as well!

      Ps the horrible feelings have lessened but definitely still worse off. What a horrible virus!

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      Thanks Bjams....I really appreciate your kind words and thoughts at this time too....really need it just now also finding things hard. So grateful for your support and still thinking about you today and believing you will get there man.

      Craig

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      Thanks for the kind words Bjams, unfortunately things have taken a worse turn for me as I had an epidural steroid injection to help a week ago and the pain has got unbearably worse since then. Dont' know what to do, going back to see specialist, really hoping it's only temporary.

      Sorry for moaning about my troubles, hope you are okay and still thinking about you and believing you will get there.

      Craig

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      MOANING! You are barely conplaining craig - even on the heels of an epidural injection, you continue to wish well for others. I am in awe of your kindness and strength. Sending you my best wishes that the specialist offers some clarity and that it is temporary!
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      Thanks so much Bjams, just having a very tough time at the moment. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers! Thinking about you and everyone on the forum too, asking God to bestow His amazing grace and mercy on us all, it's the only way we can make it through. Trusting God with our healing and future and our circumstances today, in Jesus' name.

      Craig

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