Patient Comments: Infectious Mononucleosis (Mono) - Treatments

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Comment from: Joanna, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 22

I started feeling under the weather for 2 days prior to full break out of mononucleosis. I still went to work and found that I was able to control my symptoms by taking painkillers like Tylenol every 4 hours. On the second day, I was feeling mildly fatigued and just again slightly under the weather. After work I again took 2 Tylenol, but by 8 pm I started experiencing the worst chills and started getting a fever. I went to bed and woke up to vomiting in the early hours. No sore throat though. I developed severe fatigue, so much so that I could not even sit up to drink. After the 4th day of this I went to the doctor. He checked me for flu and said that it was most likely the flu. After 8 days I went back to the doctor. The flu test was negative, so he ran a series of blood tests and found that I had an acute infection of infectious mononucleosis. My abdomen was very tender and I had an enlarged spleen, a low neutrophil count, a very high lymphocyte count and very high liver enzymes. This is my 3rd week and I am still running a low grade fever along with the most debilitating fatigue that never seems to abate. Today is the start of my 4th week and is the first day where I have not had a fever. Maybe this is the beginning of the end of it. Never in my life have I felt so ill, not since strep throat. This is not a disease that adults should get. Symptoms are much worse for adults.

Comment from: bogec, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I had a hysterectomy, at which time my bladder was cut and the surgeon did not catch it. Now I am awaiting surgery to repair and have been wearing diapers that only hold for a maximum hour and a half. At my last visit I requested a Foley catheter as a means of less leakage until surgery. My decision was based on the lack of sleep I was getting, if I sleep more than 2 hours the diaper leaks and then I and my bedding are drenched, and once you have to get up and switch out sheets and bed liners you are fully awake and have a hard time going back to sleep! I now wake up automatically after 2 hours, and I am exhausted! I discussed it with the urologist and although in my case there is still leakage until surgery, I got 4 hours sleep! It is not something I want to live with permanently but am glad to have some relief.

Comment from: Macy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I have been awfully sick for about 6 days now. A day after I felt sick I went to emergency room because I thought I had strep. I went and they said I had strep, gave me steroids, antibiotic and a pain killer. As I kept taking those nothing got better. In fact they started to get worse, so today I went back and after needle after needle to CAT scans and sitting on the hospital bed with machines in me they finally tested me for mononucleosis and I was positive. So now they took me off everything but steroids because mono is a virus and antibiotics don't help. I'm hoping this won't get too much worse because I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. My tonsils and glands are swollen to where I can barely breathe, and I just now can start to swallow. I haven't slept very much and I'm so tired. I never thought mono was real until today and yeah well, story of my life.

Comment from: natural medicine, Female (Caregiver) Published: July 24

My friend's daughter was so sick with mononucleosis told she was not well enough to write her exams in June. She had already been bedridden for almost 8 weeks and back and forth to the doctor with many medicines. Her daughter took 2 pouches of Immunocal starting on Thursday and by Monday morning she was able to go to school and write her exams... no more pain, or swollen spleen. Immunocal provides the natural building blocks for the body to produce glutathione which is necessary in every cell - without it we die.

Comment from: Kristibaby, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I was extremely fatigue. I could even stand or sit up to take a shower. I was very very weak and always tired and night sweats. It was the worst feelings I have ever felt. I knew something was wrong. It took me almost a month to get back to normal. The doctor prescribed iron pills to produce more cells. I was about 19 at the time when it happened. I believe I got mono from drinking off my girlfriend’s cup who had mono. That's how I knew I had it because she said she just was getting over mono. Ever since I am always really tired and weak.

Comment from: justarose123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I was diagnosed with it at the age of 13 I had a temperature of 106. When I was rushed to the hospital my family doctor showed up and diagnosed me with Mono. My symptoms were severe I had a enlarged spleen and liver, sore throat and fatigue. My Doctor put me on antibiotics and I healed. I recently showed high positive for a previous infection in my blood work for other health conditions.

Comment from: twoblackkatz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I am 58 and was diagnosed with mono almost a month ago, I was tired and had headaches for about a month before finally going in for blood work. Now my muscles are burning and I am having muscle spasms. My 25 year old daughter has it now and has a bad case of pharyngitis and ear infections, she's much sicker than me, I feel so bad she's so miserable. Thought I was over it and over did it a couple of days and feel sick again so make sure you get lots of rest and don't rush it.

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Comment from: Melissa, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I'm 15 and I have been diagnosed with mono. My left side of my body is killing me right now. Headaches, sore throat, inflammed lymph nodes, and ear aches too. The doctor put me on an antibiotic so my lymph nodes will swell down and my spleen will stay smaller. It's also to make sure I don't get strep. I really hope I get better soon.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

My husband had mono years ago and was treated with high doses of vitamin C (500 to 1,000 mg every two hours).

Comment from: mountaingal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

This is so odd. I have viral mom and I had no symptoms at all except fatigue. I had blood tests run and I was off the charts with the numbers. I had serious mono. I’m still very tired. I was treatment with an antiviral drug and I will go back for more tests in two weeks. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my numbers are down. My advice: Whenever you are off, get a good physician and have your blood tested.

Comment from: Mom45, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 23

My 21 year old son had mono 9 weeks ago he was very very sick with sore throat extreme fatigue and high fever along with terrible night sweats. he was sick 2 weeks before he went to dr. they said nothing to do but put him off work for 2 weeks but he still continued college every day and slept 14 hours a day. I gave him tylenol and ibuprophen alternately and Vitamin Water C-frozen so it would feel better on his throat. He had very puffy eyes as well. It took 3 weeks after dr appt for him to feel any better at all. His girlfriend 2 weeks later had mono and had it for 3 weeks. Now his sister who is 24 and did eat after him before we knew he was sick 8 weeks before has mono...she is terribly sick!!! All the same symptoms. She also now has almost swollen shut eyes! I don’t know why? I also am giving her vitamin water-c frozen. She is very nauseated. I hope I have had this virus because I have taken care of them both now for 10 or 11 weeks.

Comment from: 9 year old with Mono, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 02

My 9 year old son was diagnosed with Mono today. He has been sick since last Saturday and on Wed. He got diagnosed with Strep and put on Azithromycin which he took for 4 days and was just getting sicker, throwing up, no appetite, couldn't get off couch, sore throat full of white patches, high fever for 1 week now so we went to Urgent Care today (Sunday) and they did blood test for Mono which was positive. Now his eyes are sensitive to light. His lids are puffy, he's sooo tired and weak still terrible sore throat. I hope he gets better soon! I am sooooo worried about him.

Comment from: Zomasta, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: January 25

My mom recently told my I have mono after blood tests to check my liver to check if I can change my medication for ring worm. I am worried more about my spleen getting bigger and I have gym now, so if it gets hit I have to go to the ER, and surgery. I’m pretty worried, I’ve been sick and I slept all the past 3 days.

Comment from: attius507, Female (Caregiver) Published: January 25

I am 53 year old nurse with mono. I’ve had it 6 days now. I still have night sweats, weakness and sleepy a lot. My lymph nodes on the left side of my neck aren't as swollen now but I have bad headaches still.

Comment from: normae, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

31 years ago I was diagnosed with mononucleosis at 22 years of age. I was not given much info. I was told to stay home and rest for a couple weeks then back to work part-time as a nurse’s aide. I had experienced joint pain, tiredness anemia, depression over the span of my life. I am very careful to eat and exercise to keep healthy and exercise. I think it stays with you all your life. I take extra natural vitamins and mineral supplements and try to avoid those who are ill. I have not talked to my latest doctor about it as it was so long ago, but I should for I am told that the EBV stays with you. I feel I was short changed on my treatment and that going back to work I endangered others who had weakened immunity.

Comment from: AtALoss, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

Ten days on prednisone, hydrocodone-acetaminophen syrup (was instructed a SIP whenever needed; nasty stuff), promethazine (for nausea) which I switch daily with Benadryl (Doctor's orders), and Zantac. Cold, frozen yogurt helps the pain in throat and ice chips help the swelling go down. Do not drink overly hot liquids! Stick with luke warm, or cold, to soothe the throat.

Comment from: britbrat, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I was in sixth grade when diagnosed with mononucleosis and have never been the same since. I am still tired all the time and have less energy as a result. I was required to quit the last part of the soccer season and required to rest. It has been three years since then. I contacted it from drinking off a bunch of different friends' cups.

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