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Old 05-30-08, 03:33 PM
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Have a mononucleosis question

Hi All,

I have been dreadfully behind in starting my training for this season and wanted to start last week and low and behold I was diagnosed with mononucleosis. So, I've rested for a week and am now wondering when I can start training and since I am out of shape how I should do this. Anybody else have this "lovely" experience. All the Dr. said was wait a week. Just curious how I should start this and not get a recurrence of the wonderful mono. Thanks for your thoughts.

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Mono can vary but typically takes 3-6wks to work its way out of your
system. You will be subpar for a good bit of that time, but most people
are back to normal in 5-6 weeks. You can get some basis miles in but
the top 10% won't be there and heavy training would not be a good
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Most people who get mono never even know it. It can be a mild and brief flu-like illness, or can last weeks. Your convalescence may vary.
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Hi all,

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately I was symptomatic and had really nasty glands and all so the Dr. ordered me to rest and out of work for a week.

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Hi all,

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately I was symptomatic and had really nasty glands and all so the Dr. ordered me to rest and out of work for a week.

Cheers
Use caution!

I came down with Epstein Barr (mono) at 33 years old. And a particularly nasty bout it was!

It infected my heart, killed off my thyroid, nuked my testicles (they no longer produce testosterone), reduced my kidney function to 50% and affected other organs such as liver, spleen and even my tongue (It became inflamed to the point where I could not breath and necrotized, it remains a bit swollen today). I have never recovered from the Mono (now 44).

Before mono, I regularly biked 23 miles into work and 27 home. After Mono, I ended up in the cardiac ward with a heart the size of a football. And afterwards, unable to ride more than 5MPH with a HR of 160. Now, some day's are just OK and some are 5/160.

Mono put me on my death bed twice within a year.

My point, it can be dangerous.

In my case, it attacked the strong muscles, my legs and my heart. Man did I hurt! My legs were on fire.

I would take it easy until you feel great. Don't lower your immune system by excessive workouts.
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yikes... thanks for the caution cujet. I'm 39 and a scientist so I tried to read up as much as I could on it. I know can be really really nasty. Really only felt the messed up glands part which has subsided and have some general fatigue now.
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Sorry to hear about your mono....I was diagnosed a year ago and basically took the whole summer off from biking. Only had energy enough to do a few short rides in the fall. Better to listen to your body and take it slow because, trust me, the relapse is worse than the initial mono. Of course, I was hit hard and you may rebound faster. Just take it slower than you want to. Your body will dictate what you can and can't do.
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Second the last post -- listen to your body. I'm an MD, and suffered from Mono as a teenager.
Basically, the older you are, the more symptomatic you'll be with this. The lucky ones of us get it before 10 y/o.
You'll find that even after the first week, you'll tire out a lot more easily than before. Just don't try to push it past your limit, otherwise you'll get a setback.
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I got it at age 13. Discovered it after a PE class when my HR wouldn't come down. Was taken to a hospital where they found I had mono. My interior was fine otherwise, with nothing swollen at all, except my lymph nodes. The HR stayed at 190 for the first hour or so, then gradually went back to normal over the course of 20 hours or so. It was normal in the morning the next day. They kept me for another day just to check my progress, and did an ultrasound check of my heart and found it to be in perfect condition.

I was told to stick to very light activities for a few months, and then slowly resume normal activity levels. I made a full recovery, but I was unusually tired for months.

The only damage done was that I became afraid of exercise for many years after. The slightest elevation in my HR, and I'd be checking it to make sure it went back down. Took me six years to return to any form of physical activity beyond a brisk walk.
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