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#1 Roo~~

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:58 PM

I posted the other day in regards to tonsilitis and got some fabulous responses with over the counter medicines to try.

Unfortunately I've been getting worse despite the antibiotics and the GP has now worked out that I actually have glandular fever. It's only been four days for me and the sweats, chills and pain are still ongoing, however Panadol and nurofen plus are helping.

I'm wondering about how long I should expect to feel this way? And any other suggestions as to what I could try?

Thanks.

#2 *CalamityJane*

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

Oh my sympathies.  I had it 20 years ago and I still remember how horrible it was  sad.gif .  I lost 9kgs in 3 weeks.  Rest up, hope you feel better soon.

#3 noonehere

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

I had it for fourish weeks. (two before diagnosed)
I went from 60 kilos to 46 and hospitalised from a liver problem starting.

My tips: keep on the fluids, rest up and do not push yourself, eat. I know that its the last thing you want but small amounts even if its just chicken soup broth.

Hope you feel better soon.

#4 chickendrumstick

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

You poor thing!
Recovering from glandular fever can be a long road, I know many people  who have had it and taken months to recover completely.
Please be careful and conscious of your symptoms to as glandular fever is one of the most common triggers for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

#5 Bazinga

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

I had it twice in my teens. One bout lasted for 8 weeks. When I returned to school everyone was surprised as someone had told them that I died! I was terribly thin, I couldn't stomach anything even water. Rest up you might be in for a bumpy ride.

#6 au*lit

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:24 PM

I had it when I was 15. I think it lasted about 6 weeks.

You just need to rest. Get all the help you can at home, because you have to take it easy.

Also, be kind to your liver. Don't overdo it on the over the counter medications and don't even think about alcohol.

#7 PigNewton

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:42 PM

QUOTE
Please be careful and conscious of your symptoms to as glandular fever is one of the most common triggers for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

This was me. I actually kept working for 3 months thinking I had just had a bad bout of the flu, and feeling absolutely terrible. I ended up going down in a heap with mild liver damage and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which really stuffed up the next few years.

Not sure if you can stomach it, but maybe something like Sustagen might stop you from losing too much weight? At my worst I was living on Sustagen, Just Right bars, peanut butter and English muffins with vegemite....not a diet I'd recommend, though, as I dropped 17 kgs and felt like crap.

Apart from that I'd say eat pretty simple unprocessed foods, not too much animal fats (from meat or dairy), no alcohol, lots of water.

Mainly, though, just rest. Doesn't have to be sleep, but just don't move around too much if it's at all possible.

#8 livvie7586

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:41 AM

the fevers etc lasted about 2 weeks with me, then another 2 weeks of unable to leave the couch, then a further 8 weeks of only being able to do 2-3 classes a day at school (unfortunately i came down with GF in my first term of year 12), followed by a further couple of months of just not feeling right.

I'm also sorry to say OP i got worse before i got better, my throat got worse (ended up on steriods to control the swelling, and was almost hospitalised), and i ended up with a swollen spleen etc, which meant a highly controlled diet.  in saying all this i had a very bad case, as did DH when he had it (the bugger gave it to me 2 years after he had it).



#9 brazen

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:03 AM

i had it at 19 and had a month or so of feeling really tired and dragging myself through my uni life, then 2 weeks of uni holidays doing nothing but sleeping sleeping and more sleeping.

i've never been the same since

#10 Guest_~Songbird~_*

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:13 AM

Stock up on good movies to watch
Drink lots of water
Avoid all fatty foods for your liver or you will be in a lot of pain
What ever you do don't exercise
Rest rest rest

Basically the more you try to push through it and soldier on, the longer you will be sick afterwards and you will end up with post viral fatigue. Which you don't want as it's like on going GF for months/years later.

#11 Coffeegirl

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:19 AM

I had it twice in my teens.

Around age 16-17 First time was about 3-4 weeks and mild compared to my second bout.   I could actually get through the school day the first time, but would just come home and slee.  the thought of eating was too hard.  Mum has photos of me sleeping on the sofa and I look shocking.   Really pale and gaunt.  

The second time, it knocked me out for about 6 weeks and came on quite suddenly.  Started with fever and chills, progressed to fatigue.  I was off school for 2 weeks and was down for all of Christmas holidays.  Off work for 4 weeks. (Worked part time after school)

Lost 10 kgs.  

The second time, the Dr said was so bad because I was pushing myself too hard.  Full school day, working after school from 4-10pm, then all day Sat & Sun, plus gping out Fri & Sat nights.

#12 Maple Leaf

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:20 AM

I had this when I was 20. Right at the end of the year just in time for uni exams. Pushed myself through those, went home and slept for about 2 weeks. At the same time I had strep throat so was in a bad way.

In comparison to others though I feel I had a mild case. For a few years after I was careful not to get run down as I could feel that aching tiredness come back.

Really really don't push yourself. This is something you need to take seriously.


#13 Phasmatis angelam

Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:09 AM

QUOTE (leebee26 @ 06/12/2012, 10:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm wondering about how long I should expect to feel this way? And any other suggestions as to what I could try?


I was truly in bed for over a month.  And it took a lot longer to get back to "normal."  As others have said, the more you push yourself the worse it will be - and it's not just chronic fatigue which can be an outcome.  I had secondary infections in my ears and throat - think pus-filled blisters lining the mucosa.  Also, my depression was diagnosed after I had glandular and I was told it was a very common result.

Rest, eat simply but well, drink lots of water, and rest some more.  Hope yours is a mild case!



#14 noonehere

Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:17 AM

QUOTE (Ange Vert @ 07/12/2012, 08:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was truly in bed for over a month.  And it took a lot longer to get back to "normal."  As others have said, the more you push yourself the worse it will be - and it's not just chronic fatigue which can be an outcome.  I had secondary infections in my ears and throat - think pus-filled blisters lining the mucosa.  Also, my depression was diagnosed after I had glandular and I was told it was a very common result.

Rest, eat simply but well, drink lots of water, and rest some more.  Hope yours is a mild case!


Agree. I halved my tafe work (two half days instead of full time)
And the blisters in mouth throat and stomach was horrible. Water felt like acid.

#15 lamarque

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:01 PM

I had it at some stage when I was a teenager (came up in a blood test a few years later) but didn't realise.  I remember distinct periods of being very unwell and driving myself to a medical centre for treatment.  My parents just didn't appreciate how sick I was and are from the era of 'oh it's just a cold, you'll be right'.

Rest heaps OP, hope you feel better soonish.

#16 Ice Queen

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:10 PM

I had it when I was 11 and I can still remember how awful it was.  Because I was so young it was fairly mild compared to most cases but my mum kept me on bedrest for 2 weeks and wouldnt let me participate in any sport for that term from memory.  I look back and I am sure my fast recovery was because my mum was so strict about my recovery.  I remember wanting to kill her as I missed out on heaps of stuff!

There isnt a lot you can do but rest.  Certainly no medications that I know of.

#17 Kalota

Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

Glandular fever can be nasty, or it can be mild, it really depends from person to person.

I had glandular fever in my early twenties and ended up in hospital for a few days... It took me several months to recover sad.gif DF also had glandular fever at one point and he was on his way to recovery after about 2 weeks of bed rest.

Like other PPs have mentioned because it is a virus there is nothing much you can do but rest, rest, rest! & lots of fluids. Hope you are feeling better soon!

#18 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

QUOTE (lamarque @ 07/12/2012, 01:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had it at some stage when I was a teenager (came up in a blood test a few years later) but didn't realise.  I remember distinct periods of being very unwell and driving myself to a medical centre for treatment.  My parents just didn't appreciate how sick I was and are from the era of 'oh it's just a cold, you'll be right'.

Rest heaps OP, hope you feel better soonish.

Same.....it was only when my OB ran a whole heap of blood tests to check my immunity for various things that it came up..he said "you've had glandular fever".... Really? News to me..

My sister had a shocking case of it.....was left with pretty bad liver damage,

Take care OP

#19 Petrichor

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

I had it in grade 12 (so I was 17).  It completely knocked me for a six.  I ended up very ill and in hospital and was completely unaware of anything much around me.  I managed to complete my year 12 exams after a whole lot of absence from school but my grades really suffered considering I wasn't in class covering the content.  Was very lucky to be able to go to my school formal but had lost a huge amount of weight and lost a few friends during my absence (quality friends huh?!).

I seriously don't think I have ever been the same since like Brazen said.  I have short periods of time in my life when I feel really well, alert and energetic but often I still feel like it has a bit of a hold on me. Just generally not feeling like my body is as resilient as it should be.  Really frustrating!!

Rest, rest, rest and keep your fluids up.  The sustagen is a good idea and I lived on it to get well enough to get out of hospital.  

Hope you have a mild case.  All the best.

#20 Loulla

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:20 PM

It took me about 3 months to recover. I was exhausted to the bone and my throat felt like razor blades sad.gif
Just don't push yourself and eat really well. Protein is important.

#21 PigNewton

Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:05 PM

QUOTE
I seriously don't think I have ever been the same since like Brazen said. I have short periods of time in my life when I feel really well, alert and energetic but often I still feel like it has a bit of a hold on me. Just generally not feeling like my body is as resilient as it should be. Really frustrating

My pregnancy was what finally put me back to normal....apparently something to do with the immune system changing so the body won't reject the baby. Before that, the only time I felt really good was when I was on antibiotics for another illness.

After reading this thread, I really wish there was a vaccine for Glandular Fever on the schedule. So many nasty experiences and side-effects!

#22 ~ky~

Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:36 AM

I had it when I was 25 and back then, if you had liver involvement, they put you on a high fat, high protein diet. I went from a size 12 to a size 24 in the course of 6 months!

For the first 4 weeks I could get out of bed, straighten my covers, go to the toilet, walk back to bed and collapse exhausted. I had the gp coming daily to take blood tests and I was unable to work. My liver started failing and it got to the point where I was being assessed for a transplant. I went back to work for  12 hours a week for the next 12 months as I could not cope with more. Thankfully, by the time I was 29, my liver had regained 100% function - a fact that had my specialist dumbfounded!

I still carry most of the weight I gained which is sad.

All this because I took on a temp assignment where the person going on leave had glandular fever and they didn't tell me. She sat next to me and at one point offered me a sip of her unusual juice combo (which was rather nice) unwittingly transferring the virus. It was only when, a couple of weeks later I was finding it difficult to stay awake at work despite drinking instant coffee made with 6 spoons of coffee that the boss made me call my Mum to take me to the gp.

#23 kittennic

Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:13 AM

OP rest for as long as it takes to get well. Seriously, it's really important to not push yourself or get back to work while still sick. There's a fair chance if you do you'll end up with Chronic Fatigue.

I got glandular fever in year 12, so naturally I tried to get back to school quickly so I wouldn't stuff up my exams. So of course I ended up with Chronic Fatigue, had to skip the 2nd half of the year and repeat year 12 the following year, didn't get as good marks as I would have liked, struggled with part-time uni the following year....took years to be 'right' again. I didn't lose weight (pity!) but I did lose friends.

Not worth it. Just rest while you have glandular fever and save yourself the hassle.

Edited by kittennic, 08 December 2012 - 11:15 AM.


#24 #YKG

Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

Ive had it 4 times, for me its something that is dorment then if i get really sick or run down it flairs up for me its a permanent problem.

OP have you had the blood test or the Dr just glandular fever? If you havnt had the blood test you need to go back and ask for it.

All you can do is rest and keep fluid up. You need to watch for chronic fatigue. It can take months to recover from glandular fever.

#25 OneDayDreamer

Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:47 AM

I had it when I was in Year 12 - so awful!
What worked for me was going to the Naturopath.. she mixed up some horrible tasting thing, and it really made such a difference.

Keep resting- I was up and about way too soon, and like a PP, I sometimes feel that it still has a bit of a hold on me.




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