punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

So I may have mono

I honestly am still in denial about it. The doctor thinks it's *possible*, but only blood work will tell for sure. The blood work place was closed by the time I was done a the doctor's office, so I have to go when they open up tomorrow. The symptoms are swollen lymph nodes, muscle pains, and tiredness. Plus I have had this ENT infection since December.

December: Got sick, got antibiotics, got better.
January: Got sick, got stronger antibiotics, got better.
February: Got sick, decided to wait it out, got sicker, got even stronger antibiotics, and they are not helping much.

The major property of the sickness that is new and different for me is the sinus PAIN. I usually get some bronchitis or rhinitis, and sometimes strep. But sinus pressure and pain is a new thing for me. The pain starts under my left eye, spreads to my nose, then my eyeball, my left ear, and then teeth. Last night, despite being on 500mg of Levaquin since Saturday (plus a booster shot at the office), I thought I was going to completely lose it. The pain was so terrible, I started to go into shock; I was shaking and I felt like I couldn't get warm enough. I got all paranoid like I heard people get when they get high. I was pretty much freaking out. Eventually, I tossed caution to the wind and took 3 Alieve, and by 6am, I fell asleep with dried tears crusting on my face.

The WORST part is not the pain per se, but the lack of sleep. It is CRUSHING on daily activity. It affects my work, my home life, and just messes with my head in a big way.

So I went to the doctor's and he poked around. I have swollen lymph nodes, my muscles ache like I have strained them (especially in the neck and upper back), and I am very achy and tired. There was swelling and some redness in my throat. He said that it may be mono, and he ordered some blood work to find out. But it will take 3-4 days to get the results, because apparently it is 1850 and being shipped out by ox cart.

In the meantime, I have been ordered to be under steady pain meds so I can sleep. I learned about Acetaminophen and my liver. Its not as bad as I thought. As long as I stay under 4000mg a day, I am fine. One pill is 500mg, so he recommended alternating between Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen every few hours for the next week. This is good, because I didn't want prescription pains meds, and those two meds are OTC.

My HOPE is I don't have mono, but I have to prepare for the worst, I guess. So... nobody kiss me...
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