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Comment from: mitch, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I got strep throat at the end of May and I was given antibiotics. Three days later, it was so much worse that when I swallowed the water came out of my nose my throat was so closed up, I was admitted to hospital and given steroids, morphine and serious antibiotics. 5 days after antibiotics I developed another sore throat. Testing was positive for glandular fever. I have since been on antibiotics several times for throat infections and they keep coming back. Now am on permanent antibiotics until I see an ENT specialist at end of October. Meanwhile, I do not have sore throat but all lymph nodes are swollen tender and very painful especially one side of neck and also groin area. The fatigue is even worse and I can never get enough sleep. Even if I sleep 10 hours a night, I'm still exhausted. I have to nap for couple of hours before picking up kids and an hour later, my legs and arms are so weak from standing and just doing things that I have to rest again. I am on antidepressants also now.

Comment from: Shake1228, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

Mono/Epstein Barr -- I'm a 55 year old, active and fit female. Thought I was battling a flu bug on and off for a couple weeks. Fever, sweats, chills, loss of appetite, fuzzy thought process, body aches, fatigue. One day couldn't get out of bed to save my life. Finally went to my doctor. Mono? Seriously at my age? Jokes abound of course, but if you've had this you know it's no laughing matter. I have never been so miserable and if you have never had it I hope you never get the experience. I have always thought of myself as a fighter. This has shown me that I am pretty much a wussy cry baby! Finally after two weeks feeling half way human and finally awake more than not, but still have a minimum 2 week recovery.

Comment from: ladybug54, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I am a 56 year old female with auto immune disease and I was diagnosed with Mono about 1 month ago. I am having all the symptoms but the most difficult is the acute anxiety attacks and the fatigue. My eyes were very yellow that's what brought me to the doctors and my urine was very dark we thought at first it was my liver. I have no idea how I contacted this but it is worst than Dermatomyositis that I have.

Comment from: Dixie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I was so tired, rather exhausted that I could not get out of bed. I really thought my fibromyalgia was flaring up. I slept all day and night and still felt just as exhausted the next day. The doctor did a monospot test and it was positive. I also had an ultrasound which showed my spleen was somewhat enlarged. I am to be out of work for about a month. It takes all of my energy to get up and shower. I am trying to "hang in there" but this sickness is kicking my butt"! I think this is a relapse from when I was sick in December. The doctor thought it was the flu even though it didn't show up as the flu. I felt just like this. I got really stressed and overtired in January and I think it just jumped back on me but worse this time!

Comment from: shocked2010, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

Christmas day of 09, I woke up ill with a severe sore throat, fever and what I thought was flu type symptoms. I went to the doctors the next day and was diagnosed with strep throat. Immediately I was put on an antibiotic for 10 days. I started to feel better however about a week later my throat and neck began to hurt. I thought it was the strep coming back and made another doctors appointment two weeks later. They ran some test and told me I had mono. I never would have thought I could get something like this. It is very painful for me and I am tired all the time.

Comment from: vivule, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 16

Before I was diagnosed with mono, I had fatigue, headaches for a short period of time and rash(itch).

Comment from: Becky, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

My fever started in June and has not gone away. I have no energy and try to stay out of bed just to keep myself going. Have no appetite and have lost pounds. I am 72. Doc said it is Mono.

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