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OK so went and got a second opinion as I have had swollen gland in neck and sore throat and feeling unwell with a fever for 4 months all to be told by my doctor of 3 years it's nothing to worry about,my throat was so sore last week that he looked at it for 5 seconds and said it's strep throat. Well after been on medication for 5 days and feeling so unwell still I finally got a second opinion. The new doctor ran some blood test and bom I have glandular fever in my system for 4 months! Well was I p*ssed with my doctor for not seeing this so long ago.

So won't be going back to him.

So how on earth do I get this out of my system? Has anyone had this before? I have thyroid problems as well.

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cvbn
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Not me, my DD.

She came up in lumps, it was terrifying but a blood test came back as glandular fever.

 

She was very poorly and didn't test clear for 12 months, she lost a lot weight, slept a lot and found school a struggle (but they were supportive and let her sleep at school in a beanbag)

 

I became extremely focused on her nutrition and I think that helped. It gave me something to do as well as I felt so helpless.

 

She was 14, is now 15 and completely well.

 

Really take care of yourself. I hope you feel better soon.

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mandelbrot

It took multiple rounds of antibiotics for anyone to bother testing me for glandular fever, and I was sick for probably four or five months. I took 10 weeks off school and had to take it easy for about another year. I lost over 25% of my body weight because I just didn't feel hungry and it hurt to eat anyway.

 

It can be relatively easy to miss, especially if it's not going around or you're not in a high-risk group. I know that I saw at least four GPs before I was tested as there was no one else ill with it in my area at the time and I was only in primary school. It's called the kissing disease for a reason - it seems to be teenagers who get it rather than adults or kids!

 

All I could do was rest, gargle aspirin and just wait it out.

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22Fruitmincepies

Not easy with kids, but rest is really important. Not for a week, but for a couple of months! It can take a really long time to recover from it, and the less you rest the longer it takes.

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littleboysmum

I had it towards the end of 11. I was so sick, lost a lot of weight, the smell of meat made me so sick I ended up vegetarian. I slept a lot, had no energy, a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and just generally unwell. I tried to go back to school in year 12 but struggled so much I had to drop out. I went back the year after and finished year 12, them went to uni etc but it took the best part of a year for me to feel myself again.

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Sancti-claws

My daughter's boyfriend was diagnosed with it just after Christmas. Very important to keep on top of nutrition, but I think my daughter (they live together) is sick of me suggesting stuff because he and his family are absolute SHOCKERS when it comes to diet for health (or keeping an eye on health at all)

 

She tells me she isn't kissing him!!

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gracie1978

Yes, same issue

 

Doctor diagnosed me with depression ...

 

My mum suggested I try our childhood doctor for a second opinion and in about a minute he said it was GF but ran tests to confirm. I had a very severe case, was off work for nearly two months.

 

I followed Sandra Cabot's liver cleansing diet religiously and took milkthistle.

 

My doctor was amazed how quickly my liver damage reversed.

 

Hope that helps, it was such a miserable time.

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PrincessPeach

I had it about 10 years ago now & my GP at the time explained it was viral so supporting the immune system was all they can do & it can take up to 2 years for you to recover from it - which i did find was rather accurate.

 

I'd been overseas a few weeks earlier so it was found by accident as the GP thought it was either ross river fever or low iron levels, but added it on because i fitted the stmotoms for it as well.

 

I ended up taking Olive Leaf Extract, because my blood tests came back as having high iron levels, but otherwise I would have been recommended to have vitamin C injections.

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born.a.girl
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Daughter (early 20s) was so sick with it, suddenly (a day or two) that when we went to the doctor she had to be helped to walk, and her urine looked like coke, so it was taken seriously. Her liver levels were awful.

 

She slept about 23 hours a day for a few weeks, then slowly recovered, had two relapses over the next few years.

 

She was so slow in recovering GP sent her to a liver specialist several months later, but the follow up tests for the specialist finally came back within range, four months later.

 

Funny thing was her test results showed that she'd had it before, clearly so mildly that it hadn't bothered her much.

 

You really do need to take it easy, that was one thing that was stressed to her. It just takes time.

 

 

ETA: Princess Peach, daughter's iron levels were high, too, they checked her out for something else that has high iron levels.

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*melrose*

I don't know how to take it easy as I have to work 5 days a week, my job is quite full on.

I was sick all day again today, my throat is sore still.

Do I need to do anymore test now or just wait it out? I had a sore stomach today only when I went to the toilet.

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PrincessPeach

 

ETA: Princess Peach, daughter's iron levels were high, too, they checked her out for something else that has high iron levels.

 

Heamochromatosis, came back positive for that as well, which was odd for someone of my age.

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BusbyWilkes

I don't know how to take it easy as I have to work 5 days a week, my job is quite full on.

I was sick all day again today, my throat is sore still.

Do I need to do anymore test now or just wait it out? I had a sore stomach today only when I went to the toilet.

 

You are sick - you need to be recovering, not working.

Your doctor can write a medical certificate. Listen to the PPs about how long it takes to recover and start to give your body a chance!

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MooGuru

Not to sound harsh OP but if you don't take it easy there comes a point where you probably won't have a choice - if the GF is bad enough, I do know people who cruised through it.

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Tinkle Splashes

My daughter had it a few years ago, and was initially misdiagnosed with tonsillitis (which she often gets). She was given an antibiotic which apparently is the one that shouldn’t be given to people with GF, and due to that her whole body became covered in a deep red rash. She missed weeks of school because of the rash, but bounced back from the GF within that time.

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Sancti-claws

My daughter's boyfriend is now on steroids to try and get on top of it, but has been advised that it can take years to get over it. He also had it as a child, apparently.

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born.a.girl

What will you do if you get to a point where you simply can't work?

 

Others here have confirmed what she was told (I was with her because she had to lean on someone walking for the first couple of weeks).

 

I don't know if you can have it mildly for weeks (and by that I meant still get up and go to work, albeit with difficulty) and then go downhill fast, but if that happens you won't be going to work.

 

Is it possible to see if you can take Wednesdays off, so that you're only working two days in a row?

 

From everything I've heard you'll get better faster that way.

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*melrose*

I'm taking this week off. I have called my boss to let her know what's happening.

She said come in next week and we will work something out.

Arghhh over this sickness, blood test shows I have had it in my system for 1 to 3 months, but I started feeling sick 6 months ago.

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TheGreenSheep

OP I hate to be the bearer of bad news, this isn’t some simple cold that lifts with a week off. It is the gift that keeps giving and giving and giving.... takes up to 2 years to leave your system. Every time you get a cold or simply run down your immune system will be challenged and it will hit harder than ever and take longer to recover. Watch your nutrition and iron levels.

 

I worked full time when I had it, I would come home from work fall asleep on the lounge, wake up eat dinner, go to bed and sleep and just barely functioned for months. God it was awful. A sore throat would leave me vomiting with tonsillitis within hours. I really copped a dose of everything going around.

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Gudrun

My son had it. Also misdiagnosis first up. It took over a year to recover. It was a matter of waiting it out.

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born.a.girl
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I'm taking this week off. I have called my boss to let her know what's happening.

She said come in next week and we will work something out.

Arghhh over this sickness, blood test shows I have had it in my system for 1 to 3 months, but I started feeling sick 6 months ago.

 

If you want to get over it faster, see if you can take Wednesdays off for as long as needed.

 

As per others, you're no doubt over it all, but you will genuinely recover faster if you don't try to push yourself.

 

PS: how are your liver levels? Are they back to normal?

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TheGreenSheep

Also keep in mind next flu season to make sure you and others around you get the flu shot, you just cannot afford to get it, it will take a huge toll on you. I just barely existed when I was going through it, I can certainly empathise, please take care of yourself!

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Beancat

I got it at the end of year 10 (right at the start of school holidays) but was ill for about a month prior: zero energy and I recall my mum constantly telling me I was a lazy so and so prior to diagnosis. Anyway eventually got the throat infection and was misdiagnosed with strep throat but within days of ABs not working my doctor was straight onto blood tests ad yep it was good old GF.

 

TBH I got off pretty lightly. I had the first 3 weeks of year 11 off. I was probably really ill for about 6-8 weeks. During this time I just rested and my mum made sure my nutrition was was spot on - lots of protein shakes (in the days before they were a thing). Then I didn't play sport for about 4 months and no late nights. By the end of year 11 I was fully recovered and back into full training with various sports and no issues with attending school.

 

The only thing that will fix GF is time - your body needs to rested and nourished so that your immune system can tackle this. I would advise taking two full weeks off work at the minimum

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jovana

I got GF in my last year of Uni, I was 35 at the time, almost failed the semester.

I took me about a year to get back to normal.

I'm not generally a sook but the sore throat from GF is really something special. I wouldn't eat anything solid for days and only took small sips of water through straw. And I don't even have tonsils. I had sinusitis, sore throat, ear infection and conjunctivitis all at once, I was germ central. That was when GP finally ordered blood test and confirmed active GF infection.

 

I passed ot onto DD, she was 6 at the time, poor bugger was sick for quite some time as well.

 

It'll take a while but you'll feel better soon.

Good luck OP, take care of yourself.

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