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A Story of Recurrent Mono

A good friend of mine, Stacey, had mono over the summer. She struggled with it a good deal and was so relived when it was finally over. Then, around December, she started feeling awful again. She was exhausted all the time, feeling light headed and was barely able to function. What, she wondered, could possibly be going on? Sure she was the mother of four young children and she had a full-time job, but this was an exhaustion she had never felt before.

Then Stacey got the bad news. It was mono. Aghast and completely confused, she asked the doctor how this was possible. Can you really get mono twice?

Can You Get Mono Twice?

The answer might surprise some people. While it is highly unlikely to get mono with symptoms twice, it can occur. Most of the time, if you have a mono relapse, it will be without symptoms. Infrequently, however, the unlucky person will have a relapse with mono symptoms. The numbers that we are discussing are quite small. Research has shown that over 90% of people are actually immune to the Epstein Barr Virus, and this is the main cause of infection mononucleosis. Those who get mono are in the 10% minority who aren't immune to recurring mono. Just as regular mono requires plenty of sleep, liquids and a healthy diet, recurring mono requires the same treatment. There are many alternative treatments that people will recommend for mono including herbs, acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnosis, etc. The same treatments that you would use for first time mono are the ones that will be used for recurrent mono.

Stacey's Story

Stacey found that the mono was much milder during the second round. Fortunately, it only took her three weeks to feel better, but it was frustrating to have to go through it all again. She felt fortunate that it was a short lived illness, but she is nervous that the virus might have just become dormant again and that it will reappear. Only time can tell - and she will make sure to take care of herself as best as she can in the interim.



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