So i have mono :(

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by cantthinkofone, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    I was very surprised to find out that i have mono a few days ago. And then testing positive for it last night made it even more real.

    At the age of 21 i thought i had made it past the stage of getting mono. Alas i was mistaken. I've been sick since the 8th of august. In that time i have probably lost 5-10 pounds. Food makes me sick. The sight, smell, and texture of it.

    My throat has been on fire for about a week now. It hurts to swallow anything. My tonsils are about 3x their normal size. I have looked in the mirror and questioned the possibility of me removing them manually. Luckily for me my wonderful girlfriend said that was absolutely ridiculous.

    Fevers come and go. highest i had was about two weeks ago at 102.7 F. I can't sleep because of my throat. The doctor said i have puss on them. Looks more like flim to me. It's produced so fast that i can't get it all out before there is even more.

    I vomited for the first time since my 21st birthday (back in December) this morning. I woke up around 6am to a mouth full of repulsive saliva and flim. After getting rid of all i could get, i went to the fridge and drank some cranberry juice. That was a mistake. It came back up not 10 seconds later.

    I'm producing about 3x the amount of saliva i normally do. So it's a constant trip to the trash or sink to try and get rid of it before i have to swallow.

    I really can't believe there is no cure of this horrible disease. I'm going nuts with being this sick. I have never been sick for this long. If fact, i never get sick.

    I keep trying to tell myself that it's almost over. But every time i swallow or try to eat i am reminded that it's not over yet.
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Is mono what you guys call Glandular Fever? As in Infectious Mononucleosis?

    If so then that sucks.

    Stay well hydrated, rested and keep up the visits to the doc. You're gonna get really tired too so try and keep your energy up too when you're not resting otherwise the lethargy will hit you like a tonne of bricks and you'll be out of it for months.

    Blergh, what a bugger.
  3. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Who were you kissing? ;)

    Get some rest and feel better!
  4. cantthinkofone thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    Yup, thats what it is.

    I'm always tired. It's hard to do anything really. Sitting and laying down is the best way to relieve most of the pain i have found. Just a small car ride today made me feel like hell.

    Only person i have been getting any from is my girlfriend/fiancee. Kissing is just one of about 20 ways to get it i have learned.

    She has never had it but is starting to show signs. I really don't want to see her sick. She has had way to many surgries and illnesses for anybody to deal with. And she is pregnant. Waiting to hear back from her OB as to what we should do.

    Only thing we know is to not let her start a fever, or break it asap (less than 20 min) or it's to the ER.
  5. mac daddy macrumors newbie

    mac daddy

    Jul 7, 2007
    Mono is rough. I had it years ago while in college, and the stage you're in is bad enough. But the lingering weakness and fatigue, at least for me, lasted for a much longer time. I didn't feel "right" for quite a while.
  6. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    That sucks. I had Mono when I was six. It took so long for them to diagnose it that I ended up hospitalized for weeks. Bad times. They thought I had it again in college, but it turned to be a bad allergy thing that lasted several months.

    I hope you feel better soon, and that your girlfriend escapes!
  7. LeahM macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2008
    That sucks. My sister had it at 31, the docs put her on bed rest and told her not to be active, in fear of rupturing her spleen. Good luck with it all
  8. da2005pizimp macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ
    Wow that sucks, my brother had it when he was a younger he missed a whole year of school
  9. Vivid.Inferno macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2008
    Ottawa, ON
    I got it in November, and I was on the couch, wanting to die until February. One of the hardest things is the spleen. Something as simple as a dog jumping up can cause it to burst, which could kill you pretty quickly. And that side effect can last up to a year after you get over the mono (which sucks for me, because I'm a football player). I had the same thing, I lost about 25 lbs because I couldn't/didn't want to eat, and I'd throw up every couple of minutes, no matter what. I also had sever dirrhea, so I was on IV for a while. It really isn't fun. Make sure you get a doctors note for school or work.

    I hope you're like some people and not me, and get better within a couple weeks.

    Rest and relax:),


    P.S. I felt like I was dying, but then I realized I wasn't, which made me wish I would.
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Sorry to hear that. I hope you get well soon.
  11. andreab35 macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2008
    Ughhh... I'm sorry. Being sick is no fun.

    I really hope you feel better soon. :)
  12. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    At least you could connect the two. I thought this topic was going to be something to do with monaural sound.

    My dad had glandular fever when he was in Year 12. Unfortunately he had to repeat.
  13. skyrider007 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
  14. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    I got it in college making out with a married woman at a party. Let that be a lesson to you all! ;)
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I don't know much about mono, and didn't realize the effects could be so bad. I just thought it was a kissing disease that made you tired. I learnt that when I was around 11 from my friend John. Great guy, but obviously knew nothing about mono. :eek:

    Get well soon.
  16. cantthinkofone thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    Thats what i always thought. Mono isn't that bad, you just get really tired :rolleyes:.

    I could never understand during highschool why somebody would be taken out if they had mono. And be out for so long. Well now i know.

    Last night i almost went as far as to pay $15 for a book called "The cure for mono".

    I knew it wasn't real, but at this point i'll try anything.

    I have also read that the drug Valacyclovir has been found to lower or eliminate the presence of the Epstein-Barr virus. Which from what i gather, it the root problem when infected with mono.

    But i think i'm about out of the woods so i don't know how much good it would serve me.

    Thanks for all the support. You have my sympathy if any of you ever get mono, or somebody you know does.
  17. scotthayes macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Birmingham, England
    Any one else think the OP was talking about his eyebrow :D

    I had glandular fever when I was about 15. It really knocked me about for 12 months. Have to say it really sucks...
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Almost everyone in the world gets infected with that virus, but only a few percent actually get mono. What's also weird is that is virus has a very tight association with Burkitt's lymphoma in central Africa (but no where else) and nasopharyngeal carcinoma in southeast Asia (but no where else). It's a strange virus, for sure. It's even managed to "steal" a couple of human genes somehow.
  19. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I was tired and spent the night in one weekend freshman year of college, watched a movie and hung around, my roommate came back with a girl around 2am. I was ready to go to bed and had a serious debate with myself as to whether or not I should go sleep on someone else's futon, finally decided to be nice and left. A week later he had mono and had to leave college for a week. :eek:

    Feel better!
  20. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    I really wish I hadn't shared that bottle of ...(not relevant)...with my friends last week. I am praying I am not one of the unlucky ones who actually gets mono.
  21. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    If I had your email I'd send you a 'get well' bouquet.

    Mono's no fun at all... Get Well Soon.
  22. Clyde099 macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2007
    That sucks, feel better.

    I have a bad headache right now, but it can't compare to mono. Yuck.
  23. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005

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