Have you ever had mononucleosis ("mono")?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Sorry your DH is sick. I had mono in college. I was exhausted for about two weeks, and then it got better slowly. It took awhile to get a diagnosis, because they kept blaming my exhaustion on my (very slight) anemia. I finally made them test, and it came back positive. My (more distant) friends felt really sorry for me, and my close friends immediately said “have we shared any drinks lately?” haha. It didn’t end up being a big deal and was pretty mild for me. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I had it in college, luckily over summer break so I had time to recover.  The first few weeks were really bad.  I ended up in the hospital for deyhdration right at the begining, and they couldn’t figure out what I had (I guess there are multiple straines and the one I had didn’t show up on the test or something like that).  I was stuck in bed for almost 3 weeks, and it took me 2 months before I was fully recovered.

It sucks because there really isn’t anything you can do, just get a lot of sleep and fluids.

Post # 5
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Newbee

I had it senior year of high school and was out of school for a month. The first few weeks are the worst and even after that you have to take it slow. I wouldn’t be too worried for yourself. The older you get the more rare it is that you will contract it. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Sorry to hear your DH is sick- mono is terrible.

I had it in college but luckily I had it during winter break. I felt horrible and sick for over two weeks and I was sleeping almost 20 hours a day. It took them over a week to diagnose it I had no idea what was wrong for the first few days. I blame myself though- I shared a cup with a friend at a party. I later found out that she had mono too so I’m pretty sure that’s where I got it from.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I got it really bad when I was about 16. I was so sick for weeks, and took a few months to fully recover. I hope he gets better soon 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i had it when i was 16 or 17 years old.. right around my birthday!! it was rough because i had just joined a travel basketball team and wasnt allowed to play.. all summer long (my birthday is june) i had to relax and take it easy.. i was soo tired at first, and weak as well. it took months to recover 🙁  i almost wasnt allowed to try out for basketball that following october!! hopefully your dh is able to rest as much as possible and starts feeling better soon!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had it my junior year of high school. I kept getting recurring tonsillitis and I was exhausted. I experienced nasty symptoms for about a month, with continued tiredness after that for a few months. I was only out of school for about 7 days total…the school and my mother wouldn’t let me miss any more because I was out for a long time earlier in the year because my father passed away. I never shared any drinks with anyone during that period that I had to be at school. I hope your DH is able to get plenty of rest and feel better sooner rather than later!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I had it when I was 17 or 18. I thought I was dying. It is the worst feeling ever! I had it for about 3 weeks and all I wanted to do was lay in bed. All you can do is be there for him, for whatever he needs. Luckily he is asking for soup- I couldnt even swallow! Hang in there, and I hope he gets well soon!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SnowInApril:  Sorry to hear it.  🙁

I got mono the summer of 2011 when I was 28.  At first I thought I had developed allergies, because I was tired and sniffly all of the time.  Then, I had a terrible sore throat, complete with crazy pus, and went to the doc because I thought I had strep.  When I was diagnosed with mono I was like…”What the hell?  I thought this happened to high school / college students!”

I had a pretty light case, and here’s hoping he does, too.  Based on the horror stories I heard, I thought I’d be down for the count for 1-3 months.  I was pretty tired for maybe 4-6 weeks, but only crazy, can’t-do-much-anything-else-but-sleep tired for a week to 10 days.  My employers were super awesome about it and told me I could nap a bit during the work day!  I took them up on it once or twice, but overall I was able to keep it together during business hours.

I had been dating my new boyfriend/now fiance for 2-3 months when this was happening.  He told me he thought for sure this was my way of dumping him (LOL…who uses mono as a random excuse to dump someone?), but it all worked out.  I still wonder how I got it, though…

Anywho, hope he gets lots of sleep and improves quickly!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Agree with the others… it’s not fun 🙁 I had it really badly when I was 17 (2nd to last year of high school) and I was off school for the better part of TWO MONTHS! And even when I went back I wasnt able to do full days for ages. What I didn’t know was that some people can get a reoccurrence – never as bad as the first time fortunately – and I got hit with it the following year too. Tiredness like you could never believe.

Sounds like you’re taking good care of him though 🙂 unfortunately it’s just one of those things that needs to run it’s course and there’s really not much you can do – which can become incredibly frustrating. I hope for his (and your!) same that he only has a mild case of it.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I got diagnosed with mono right before finals my sophomore year of college.  I was exhausted and kept falling asleep at random times(like when watching movies with friends in my dorm).  My roommate finally forced me to go to the doctor when I developed a giant swollen lymphode that we were tempted to draw a face on because it looked like I was starting to grow a second head out of my neck!  Shortly after my diagnosis I developed the worst sore throat I’ve ever had.  It took quite a while for that to go away.  I managed to make it through my finals and move back home for the summer where I basically just slept a lot and finally started feeling better a few weeks later.  Hope your DH starts feeling better soon!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had it my freshman year in college.  I ran a 104.9 fever and was in bed for over a week.  It was awful.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My ex got mono once, there are actually LOTS of ways to catch mono. You can pick it up off a surface and touch your eyes/nose and contract it that way.

He had to go in for a spinal tap to have it diagnosed & it took him quite a long time to get back to 100%. The last time I saw him before he got sick he kept complaining of a sore and achey neck and shoulder, so that was his first symptom. 

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