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Glandular Fever

blue powderblue powder Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So I was told a week ago I have glandular. Apparently it's an early infection, but they want to wait a week and do some more blood tests to check it out. So, just wondering what's your experience with glandular? I'm at uni full time and don't want to get chronic fatigue so I've jut been taking it easy as recommended. Fortunately I have 2.5 weeks of holidays off now and I don't have to work at all.

I'm obviously not going to drink, and I'm not going to work out or anything like that. I'm not feeling any fatigue or anything like this, they caught it because I had tonsillitis for like two weeks. So what's the doctor likely to tell me next week? How long can i expect not to be able to drink or essentially do anything without risk of fucking myself up? I'm getting pretty demoralized about not being able to do anything which 20 year old males so often do. ie- drink and exercise.

Obviously I'll listen to my doctor, but I just want to get a gauge of what to expect from your experiences.

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  • JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Glandular?

    Is that like... Mono?

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    So I was told a week ago I have glandular. Apparently it's an early infection, but they want to wait a week and do some more blood tests to check it out. So, just wondering what's your experience with glandular? I'm at uni full time and don't want to get chronic fatigue so I've jut been taking it easy as recommended. Fortunately I have 2.5 weeks of holidays off now and I don't have to work at all.

    I'm obviously not going to drink, and I'm not going to work out or anything like that. I'm not feeling any fatigue or anything like this, they caught it because I had tonsillitis for like two weeks. So what's the doctor likely to tell me next week? How long can i expect not to be able to drink or essentially do anything without risk of fucking myself up? I'm getting pretty demoralized about not being able to do anything which 20 year old males so often do. ie- drink and exercise.

    Obviously I'll listen to my doctor, but I just want to get a gauge of what to expect from your experiences.

    It's only going to be a few weeks or a few months. There's no reason you can't forgo getting wasted or pumping some iron. No one's going to look down on you for it.

    I guess I'm really confused why you're here. You're probably going to be utterly exhausted in a few days, but if not, don't push yourself either. Lifting anything more than 5 lbs has a possibility of rupturing your spleen.

    And yes, Glandular Fever is, in fact, Infectious Mononucleosis.

    Some people get it really hard and fast, others have no more symptoms than a cold. The problem with mono is it's a bitch to get rid of unless you take precautions and sleep through the entire course of your infection. And has a nasty habit of returning with a vengeance. If in a few weeks you feel golden still, it's a good bet you probably won't feel worse.

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  • TrentusTrentus Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    JebusUD wrote: »
    Glandular?

    Is that like... Mono?

    Yep. Glandular Fever is another name for Infectious Mononucleosis. I thought I had it for a while... turns out I just keep getting tonsillitis.

    So, while I don't have any direct experience with it, I'd just say make sure you're eating right (and if you aren't, might be a good idea to take a multivitamin each day).

    edit: curse you bowen!

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  • BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    bowen wrote: »
    There's no reason you can't forgo getting wasted or pumping some iron. No one's going to look down on you for it.

    Considering that glandular fever can cause hepatitis, it would be a really fucking good idea to stay away from alcohol whilst you have it. You might cause yourself some serious damage if you do drink.

    I had it for about three or four weeks when I was a late teen, and it basically felt like a nasty bout of flu. The after-effects were pretty rough, though; I didn't suffer from chronic fatigue, but did have depression for a few months.

    You'll most likely be sleeping for most of this holiday, so just try and keep as rested as possible.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I actually couldn't lift a cup of juice above my waist while I had it. It was that tiring for me.

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  • KistraKistra Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Go buy some ice cream.

    My tonsils swelled up huge and all I ate for several days was soft serve ice cream. Other than that it wasn't too bad. Take it a little bit easy and rest if your body says it needs to. There was 4 or 5 days I took a nap after about each hour of being awake and probably 5 weeks total where I took it easy.

    I still remember what the doctor said as I walked out the door after being diagnosed: "You should definitely avoid drinking, falling down and getting hit by cars." I'm still puzzled by the fact that he felt the need to including falling down and getting hit by cars. Do healthy people usually go around trying to fall down and get hit by cars?

    PS. Lifting weights with mono is bad. I was diagnosed when I passed out after I told my strength coach I had a sore throat and her response was basically "suck it up and keep doing squats". (In her defense it was the second week of training in my freshman year and the other two freshman were complaining pretty much constantly.)

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  • ThylacineThylacine Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    bowen wrote: »
    There's no reason you can't forgo getting wasted or pumping some iron. No one's going to look down on you for it.

    When my husband was 20 he found out he had a dormant strain of Tuberculosis just waiting in his lungs for his immune system to fail some day. The treatment for it is harsh on your liver and lasted 9 months...meaning no drinking whatsoever for 9 months.

    Was it irritating? Yes, but he did it. Just be glad you don't have that.

    Fortunately you're only 20, and it'll only be a few months at the most. Once you feel the effects kick in I don't think you'll care about the other things.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    When people are quoting me, are they misunderstanding what I said?

    Because that's the second time someone quoted me and repeated what I said.

    Just wondering if my words were confusing.

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  • ThylacineThylacine Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Sorry, I meant to green it. I didn't mean to irritate you.

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  • corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    You should make sure you tell your uni. You might get a bit more leeway in exams or whatever.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    No I was just wondering, I didn't want to confuse people.

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  • blue powderblue powder Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Cool thanks, guys. I'll def let me uni know. I actually already had really bad tonsillitis for around ten days, which is how they caught that i had glandular. It's been a week since i've been diagnosed and i still feel fine so i'm just wondering if this happened to others and if it all of a sudden hit them hard.

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