Hello. I'm 25 and suffer from chronic EBV. I've just joined this forum.
Are there any other athletes out there that have suffered through a prolonged case of mono and managed to recover fully?
Heres my story in brief:
I used to be an athlete. I would run 6-10 miles per day, compete in half-marathons, and participate in extreme exercise programs like P90X. I had a six-pack and did sets of 12 pull-ups and 50 push-ups. As a small female, I took pride in being able to lift heavy objects and compete with the boys.
I remember getting a very sore throat that lasted a week in May of 2010. A doctor gave me amoxicillin (A BIG NO-NO for mono!) and told me to wait and see if it would go away. Then, over about eight weeks of time, I became increasingly tired and struggled with my workouts and daily tasks. I also developed a steadily worsening headache that did not let up for over a month. I had never previously been sick for more than 24 hours since I was about ten and thus did not know how to take it easy. Finally, I crashed and ended up in the ER twice in a 24-hour period. On the second visit, a mono test was performed and came back positive.
Now, skipping a lot of unpleasant details, it is sixteen months later, and I am still nowhere close to being an athlete again. I can only occasionally run about two miles and still function the next day. If I exert myself two days in a row, I will almost certainly not be functional on the third day. I am no longer in the acute phase of mono, that lasted about 13 months, and am thankfully experiencing less pain, but I do seem to have relapses and seem to be in the middle of one right now. I am struggling to learn my limitations and even more so to accept them. I cannot describe how utterly heartbroken I am to have lost my physical abilities. I feel as though I am trapped in an alien body. This is not how I wanted to spend my mid-twenties! What if this lasts the rest of my life...?
I've always eaten healthily but have further altered my diet, am taking supplements, and have seen numerous doctors, most of whom dont give a flying f*ck and refer me to some specialist who then refers me somewhere else. I feel as though no one is willing to or capable of help. I want my damn life back and am willing to try anything at this point.
Are there any other athletes out there who have been in this situation? What, if anything, can I do? How can I process this loss?