I am wondering how many mono sufferers have had a similar experience to mine. I first got sick in July of 2012 and recovered uneventfully in less than three weeks. I was completely fine for a full year and thought that I was out of the woods. Then in July of 2013 I had the EXACT same symptoms come back. Enlarged spleen, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, aches, brain fog, headaches etc. However, it was with a negative monospot. For this reason, my doctors figured it could not be related to my mono. It's like I had all the symptoms, but the test would not cooperate. I was tested for everything under the sun by the doctors at my University's student wellness center: (Thyroid, lyme, EKG, blood sugar, West Nile, ANA, HIV) All have come back negative.
I came home in September when school was just too much. I later found a new GP who recognized it immediately as a "Chronic Fatigue post state" and said it would be 1-2 years before I was completely back to normal. I'm not sure where he got that timetable from. 9 months into it I feel the worst of it is over but the one symptom that has not gone away is the tiredness. I will be heading back to school in June and know I can handle sitting through class, just not any rigorous activity. Even though I am much improved compared to when I first got ill, it's concerning me that this could last so long.
Has anyone else gone through having a recurrence tied to the same time of year as the original infection? how long did it last? Did it recur year after year?