Mid diagnosis for glandular fever

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Hey guys. 

I'm a very active 20 year old and about 2 weeks ago woke up feeling very weak,also had a very sore neck and horrible headaches,just put it down to thrown back/neck out from sport.But the headaches continued for about a week. I was also very tired and found that I needed a nap in the afternoons. Had ridiculous high tempt and night sweats which have both thankfully stopped,still have some neck pain but very little. Swollen glands in my neck still and still needing a nap most days but other than that I feel normal so far. Went to doctor got bloods done,some have come back and I've been informed that I have glandular fever. Have a doctors appointment tomorrow to see what's fully goin on. 

ive been reading quite a few people's post and just wondering if I've got off easily? what are some of the best things you guys have found to keep it in check?as I want to stay on top of it as best I can.  Any help or suggestions would be muchly appreciated at this point, as im a bit worried about the future and what it's done to some of you guys. I know everyone is different but yeah. I hope this has made sense I feel as it may not have haha. 

Thanks jackson

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    Hi Jackson,

    well, my gp said to me straight off 6 months to a year. I wish there was some special cure, as would be all taking it! but it's just rest and time, good diet, no alcohol, I take vitamins and have previously taken Metatone tonic. To help my immune system.kick this.

    hopefully you're one of the lucky ones that doesn't have it for that long, we are all different and experience it a bit differently. And I think it's the not knowing when it will go is the hardest thing....for me anyway!!! I would say just don't push yourself, it pays you back worse. 

    i can only describe it as a roller coaster, you feel better and then you go down again. And so on and so on.

    The future for all of us is the same..... We will eventually be back getting on with our normal lives, may be a year, give or take, but we will all be better. I doesn't feel like it sometimes as who ever is ill for this long?! But it'll happen.

    these forums have helped me greatly, someone always answers and understands as they are experiencing what I am going through.

    good luck with the go tomorrow.

    caroline .x

     

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      Hi mono, 

      Yes, the gp I saw after my blood test who was telling me about glandular fever said 6 months to a year, I couldn't believe it.... I have since then seen someone different at my surgery.. She is also so understanding. I never believed them!

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      Just cruel to say 5-6 weeks.... Makes you think there's something more wrong with you when there isn't.

      nhs website should be updated by glandular fever sufferers!!! Way out of touch

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      One of my docs said there was a study done on duration of gf, but I think it was in college-age patients: 

      90% are recovered in 6 mos or less

      99% are recovered in 24 mos or less

      1% are sick longer than two years

      Sorry I don't have the original source. Also, it seems to be generally accepted that older patients can be hit harder. 

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    REST. Don't push it at all. If you push GF, it'll likely push back. Give your body all the rest it wants, and then a little more. I know this is hard to do. I'm in month 10 because I'm over a decade older than you and because I tried to push through the illness. At 20, you should bounce back quickly. The prolonged cases are often people past their 20s with other medical problems or extreme stressors, and it seems more women are hit than men (according to the various doctors I've seen this past year). 

    Hunker down with some tea and TV. I hope you feel better soon. If not, there are many people here to commiserate with. smile

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    *Good luck with the gp*
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    Hi Jackson,

    You are young which works in your favor. I think that most people recover sooner than I have, I am 55 so it hits harder as you get older,

    I have taken vitamin C and D, drink green tea for anti inflammatory properties. Rest is the key to this especially in the beginning,

     

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    Hi Jackson,

    Sorry to hear you have glandular fever, don't want you to get worried but the fact it's affected a lot of people differently on this forum, etc. Key thing is just to focus on your own recovery, for you there is a great advantage in that you are young and active, so that can only help the recovery time.

    Would definitely recommend taking a strong multi vitamin per day, high doses of Vitamin C (1000mg to 3000mg per day), B complex vitamin (for energy) and an immune boosting herb (like echinicea or siberian ginseng). These will help boost your immune system for sure, but definitely taking plenty of rest after diagnosis is also key to recovering quicker, a mistake a lot of people make it to keep working through it and it can make it harder to recover quicker.

    Key thing to remember is you will recover....just deal with things one day at a time is all you can do and try not to worry (hard as it can be I know).

    Craig

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    Hey guys, forgot to update you all. I was one of the very luck ones. Think it was around the 6-8 week mark when I started back training MMA  twice a week then 10-12 weeks got back to the gym. Thing that hang around the most was the fatigue side of things but a quick nap counted that. But thank you all for your support and kind words really hope you good people are doing well yourselves or at least improving. 

    Thanks again Jackson smile

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      Omg, that's awesome!! Well done you and also thanks for letting us know you've completely recovered! 

      Im doing loads better but it's going to take me a little longer, slow and steady in my case!!!

      caroline x

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      Great to hear this Jackson, so please about this! Hoping things continue to improve and remember not to overdo things too much!!

      Caroline, just a word for you, I know you're so tired and weak and weary. There is still hope Caroline, hang on in there, just need to take things slowly it's all we can do. It's so hard I know, I'm thinking of you and still rooting for your recovery, which I believe is happening right now and will fully manifest very soon.

      Craig

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      Thanks Craig, that means a lot. I'm at the end of another really good week. Having quite busy days, which a few months back I couldn't have done for two weeks straight, so progress!

      eveyone focus on what you CAN do, as that is all we have for now. 

      Off to walk the dog!!

      caroline X 

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      Oh thanks Caroline, it's good to keep yourself busy, that's the thing I'm having problems with mentally is just motivating myself and keeping myself busy, feel like I've been so lazy lately but then finding it hard to focus on things too.

      Great message to focus on what you can do, that's really important!

      Oh hope that your dog is well too!

      Craig x

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