Glandular Fever?

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 7/20/2006 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been feeling down and sick for almost 6 months now. Initially I was diagnosed with an active Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) infection. I was not 100% certain on how they interpret the tests for this virus but my doctor seemed to say that my tests implied a newly acquired EBV infection (which is somewhat rare apparently for someone who is 40 since over 95% of people have been exposed to EBV by that age I was told). I have felt feverish in my head and neck ever since this started but never have actually had a measurable high temperature. The feverish feeling diminished over time as did the swollen glands in the neck and under the arms.
I have read that EBV infection is called glandular fever in other countries and this seemed to be a perfect description for what I have experienced. I also heard that the symptoms can last 6 months or more.
Has anyone else had this sort of situation/symptoms? I'm just trying to see if anyone has any ideas for how to feel better. I have had numerous other tests run to eliminate other problems such as STDs and cancer but all they can find is EBV... :(

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   Posted 7/20/2006 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I had EBV a really long time ago and it probably took a year before I felt mostly better. I do have to say I was probably never the same after EBV - I got tired easily and required more rest than most people. My brother had chronic EBV and was down with it for about 9 months and could barely function at times.

I hope you are able to get some relief. I wish I had some great advice for you but the only thing I can recommend is to really listen to your body and rest. EBV can really take a toll on your body.

Take care
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 7/20/2006 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response!
It is very troubling to be sick for so long and can get a person somewhat depressed. I hope to be fully over it one of these months :(
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