Chronic Mononucleosis

In May, I was diagnosed with chronic mono due to a high Epstein-Barr virus count and constant complaints of feeling tired. (According to my doctor, there are many doctors who don’t believe that chronic mono exists.) Chronic mono is a gateway illness that can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). (Although CFS can have other triggers unrelated to EBV.) There’s not much information about chronic mono, but here’s what I’ve found:

According to Livestrong.com, mononucleosis is caused by exposure to the Epstein-Barr Virus, or EBV. Apparently, close to 95 percent of adults between ages 35 and 40 carry an inactive form of this virus. While many people may never experience symptoms, those who do experience symptoms may see a resolution within 2 months. Those who experience symptoms for 6 months or more are likely to have chronic mono.

What are the symptoms of mono?

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Liver and/or spleen enlargement

While I haven’t had swollen lymph nodes or fever, I have had recurring sore throats (not lately since I’ve been on a supplement) and severe fatigue. As far as I know, I don’t have an enlarged liver or spleen.

There’s not much reliable information on the Internet about chronic mono so please feel free to chime in if you know anything about the illness or virus.

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2 Comments

  1. Monica said,

    October 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    people with these sorts of chronic illnesses can be diagnosed with a dozen different things if they go to a dozen different doctors…or they might just be told it’s all in their head too…

    chronic illness is rampant these days…if you want to check in with me I’ll share what I’ve learned…I’ve spent a lot more time in chronic illness communities in the last two years than in the psych drug worlds…I’ve needed to in order to learn how to get out of it myself…people with trauma histories and those who have been on psych drugs both are at higher risk for many reasons. Coming off and on psych drugs also jack up the risk.

    it’s very complex and as you might imagine it’s different for everyone.

  2. steeleworks said,

    October 22, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Epstein Barr is very common. There are some evidence linking infection with it to Lupus, some leukemia’s in addition to the auto-immune diseases you already know about.

    What is interesting, from a holistic nursing perspective, we may be more susceptible if we have a fluid and electrolyte imbalance: less than bodies needs. Up to 90 percent of adults have evidence of previous infection yet we did not get sick. Why? Adaptive immunity? Perhaps. But what i it was something simpler.

    Just drinking water will not hydrate us. Using table salt could further harm us as it has been stripped of vital minerals and will create a mineral imbalance.

    We need both water and unprocessed sea salt to maintain balance and help our bodies to heal.

    Try the water cures protocol. It involves taking a pinch of unprocessed sea salt and dissolving it in your mouth. Then, once dissolved, drink a glass of water. Do this first thing in the AM and last thing at night. Do in the middle of the day if you can. Only do not eat for 30 to 45 min after drinking the water for best effect.

    One girl here overcame her agoraphobia inside a week and went to the mall with her mother doing this.

    People I treat often ask how come their doctors do not tell them about this. The answer is simple. There is no profit in it. If it works for you and you no longer need your doctor, how will he stay in business. The health care system is based on treatments and not curing.

    http://www.watercures.org/depression-natural.html

    Good health to you and yours,

    Nurse Jon


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