Bedridden with Mono


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I am the unfortunate victim of a college students worst nightmare: Mono. Mononucleosis, as it is called, is not very fun. I am fatigued, my throat hurts, and I all around just do not feel well. I have always heard that it lasts for a while and that it is very difficult to get rid of. This got me to thinking. How long does Mono actually last? What can I do about it? What the hell is it?


So I did my research and now I can definitely give my audience a better explanation than: "it makes you feel like you got hit by a bus... and you can't swallow." Mono is know as glandular fever and, more commonly, the "kissing disease." Transmitted through saliva, it is most commonly caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, which infects the B-limphocytes. These are white blood cells that aid the immune system in combating foreign bodies.

Symptoms include drowsiness, fever, loss of appetite, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and swollen spleen. You can not treat Mono, only relieve the symptoms. I was prescribed Prednisone to help relieve the swelling and pain in my lymph nodes. On top of that, the doctor told me to get as much rest as possible and drink a lot of water. It is also advised to do as little physical activity as possible because strenuous activity increases your chance of having the spleen rupture, which is never fun.


Mono can last from anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months, but after you have it, you usually will not get it again. There is another virus that causes Mono, though, which means it is possible to get it twice. Mono is a very unfortunate thing to have as it keeps you from accomplishing some of the things that you need to do, especially in college. Will we one day have a way of preventing or better treating Mononucleosis?


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I feel your pain man. I was one of the unfortunate people to get mono and have it for two months. I actually almost failed my junior year of high school because I was constantly home or in the hospital for dehydration. Was easily the most miserable experience of my life.

I do not see a vaccine for these viruses any time soon. This is because the virus that causes mono is actually part of the herpes family. So far research has only yielded one vaccine against any member of the herpes family which is chicken pox.

Who knows what the future will bring though.

A good read

My best friend from high school has felt your pain... multiple times. He's somehow been unlucky enough to have had mono 3-4 times throughout high school. The first time was the worst and he missed a lot of school, but the second three just had a few of the symptoms. I on the other hand contracted mono sometime between 8th-9th grade but the symptoms never hit me hard because I had no idea I had it. When I went to my yearly check-up at the pediatrician they told me that there were traces of it in my system indicating I'd had it sometime within the past year. I can't believe I was lucky enough to not have been struck with the awful tiring symptoms, so I keep my fingers crossed that I won't get it again in the way that others do. In this article I was skimming over they mention that u to 95% of adults are struck with Epstein-Barr by the time they're 40. That means an insane amount of people are at risk for mono. Hopefully they find a cure soon!

http://www.pennlive.com/bodyandmind/index.ssf/2011/05/kissing_disease_is_no_laughing.html

As someone who has gotten mono and was unlucky enough to get all of the symptoms, I was interested in this topic. I did a little looking around on google and found this article (bottom) that talks about a possible vaccine for EBV. While it says there may not be a way to completely protect one from the EB virus, they may be able to create a vaccine to prevent the diseases that follow the virus. Hopefully some progress has been made so nobody else has to go through the outrageous fun time that comes with mono.

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20111103/EBV-vaccine-could-prevent-mononucleosis-and-cancers-linked-to-virus.aspx

As someone who has gotten mono and was unlucky enough to get all of the symptoms, I was interested in this topic. I did a little looking around on google and found this article (bottom) that talks about a possible vaccine for EBV. While it says there may not be a way to completely protect one from the EB virus, they may be able to create a vaccine to prevent the diseases that follow the virus. Hopefully some progress has been made so nobody else has to go through the outrageous fun time that comes with mono.

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20111103/EBV-vaccine-could-prevent-mononucleosis-and-cancers-linked-to-virus.aspx

This blog was very informative. I had always head about how terrible Mono was but I had no idea how it affected someone besides making the person affected with the virus very sick. Hopefully one day there will be a cure to this virus. I wonder why is it so hard for the science community to come up with a cure to the problem?

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