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Mannion90 Mon 22-Apr-19 08:57:53

Has anyone here got any experience with having glandular fever?

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Inbedbynine Mon 22-Apr-19 08:58:25

Yes I had it about 6 years ago and was very, very ill with it!

IWillWearTheGreenWillow Mon 22-Apr-19 08:59:06

I've not had it, but DH is just recovering from a really nasty bout of it (hospitalised) and DC#2 had it 5 years ago. What do you need?

OddBoots Mon 22-Apr-19 08:59:09

I had it in my teens. What do you want to know?

Lozzy25 Mon 22-Apr-19 09:02:28

Yes I had it 5 years ago! Was really horrible and I ended up in hospital on a drip. It took me about 8 weeks to feel better but left me with chronic fatigue syndrome sad hope you feel better soon smilethanks

Mannion90 Mon 22-Apr-19 09:06:27

Had been feeling unwell since end of Jan beginning of Feb, tired mostly and no appetite. Eventually doc ran bloods and came back 21march positive with glandular fever he just said I would be unwell for a while? The tiredness has eased but still have no appetite/dont feel hungry and very achy all over? Is this normal? Really just dont feel myself and its affecting me mentally now😩

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Inbedbynine Mon 22-Apr-19 09:10:42

For me it definitely lasted quite a long time. I was extremely tired for months after I had ‘recovered’. It did get better, I would say I think fully recovered by 6 months. If you’re not already I would make sure you are taking plenty of vitamins including iron and b12 if you still don’t have an appetite and try to boost you’re immunity. I found (and still use in the winter) sambucol great for boosting immunity.

cariadlet Mon 22-Apr-19 09:12:27

I had it as a teenager. I think I was off school for a couple of months, but it's hard to remember back that far. I don't remember feeling ill ie not being in pain. Just constantly tired and no appetite.

IWillWearTheGreenWillow Mon 22-Apr-19 09:20:08

That sounds entirely normal for glandular fever to me. DH got ill at the end of Feb, March was a total write off, started to get better at the beginning of April. Still has no appetite and needs regular rests/naps during the day. Is on light duties at work and has been told to expect 6-8 weeks of post-viral fatigue and recovery.

The main thing, we've been told, is not to push yourself too hard. If you're tired, rest. If that means taking days off and putting things down, do so. Otherwise, you risk pushing yourself towards long-term CFS, which no-one wants. Convalescence is a real thing after glandular fever, and should be taken seriously. Preferably in the sunshine with a blanket over your knees and a small glass of Lucozade!

OddBoots Mon 22-Apr-19 16:18:02

It took me well over a year to fully recover and even then I fell asleep in a GCSE exam (and the staff let me sleep!). It can take a very long time to get back to full strength.

SandunesAndRainclouds Mon 22-Apr-19 16:20:20

I had it when I was in Year 10 and had almost a full term off school. I was so tired all of the time, even a short walk would need a nap afterwards! That was many, many years ago and I’ve got ME/CFS as a result but luckily it’s not too bad and mostly only really flares around times of high stress.

Darkbaptism Mon 22-Apr-19 16:25:37

My DD was diagnosed a couple of months ago, she was very unwell at the time. Even though she’s much better now if she over does it her glands swell a bit, also by Wednesday afternoon she is exhausted and can barely keep her eyes open - thankfully she only has college M, Tues & W.

LolaGrace Mon 22-Apr-19 16:35:55

I'm one of the unlucky ones with CFS after Glandular Fever. I was very tired with Glandular Fever and had very bad tonsillitis once but mostly tiredness.

Mannion90 Tue 23-Apr-19 13:05:40

Thanks for all your feedback... just really wanna feel back to myself 😩

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