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Feb 24 2009

Epstein Barr symptoms – fatigue, diarrhea and nausea

Published by at 5:43 pm under Complications of mono

 

When you are infected with Epstein Barr virus, your body mounts an immune response in order to clear the virus from your system. As well as symptoms like a sore throat, coughing, fever and swollen glands (which we discussed in an earlier post), you can also experience debilitating fatigue, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Let’s have a look at these symptoms in more detail.

Fatigue

Fatigue is your body’s way of telling you to slow down, go to bed and sleep! In order to fight Epstein Barr you need to rest your body, so any energy can go toward healing your body. 

I understand that committments to work, study, family and sport can be important, however it is vital that you rest your body in the early stages of this illness. If you continue to push yourself, you will prolong your illness or suffer from complications.

One of the Scandinavian countries enforce a mandatory rest period of a few weeks after people are diagnosed with mononucleosis to ensure the symptoms do not become chronic. It would save a lot of suffering if this practice was adopted worldwide!

Diarrhea

Diarrhea speeds the evacuation of bugs and their toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. If you have diarrhea it is advisable to rest your gastrointestinal tract by consuming only water or fluids like broths, until the condition clears. Medication like Lomotol can stop diarrhea temporarily but may worsen other symptoms like nausea or abdominal pains as the infection is not being eliminated. Medication can also prolong the length of the illness.

Nausea and vomiting

These symptoms are the body’s way of emptying the stomach of dangerous substances or bugs. Nausea can also indicate that your liver has been infected with the Epstein Barr virus.

The best approach for nausea and vomiting is to cut down your food intake – preferably by doing a liquid only diet or a light diet of dried toast, broths and soups with no fats, dairy, alcohol or sugar. This will ensure that less energy is needed for digestion, more for fighting the infection. To quell the nausea, ginger, peppermint or spearmint tea may be drunk. If you are vomiting regularly then an electrolyte replacement drink may be needed. Avoid taking medications that suppress the symptoms and allow you to eat. These medications may prolong the healing process.

Epstein Barr treatment

If you have been diagnosed with Epstein Barr, it is important to rest your body, drink plenty of pure water and support your immune system with vitamins, minerals, herbs, an immune-boosting diet and lifestyle improvements. These natural treatments for Epstein Barr are discussed in detail in the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by naturopath Elizabeth Noble.

 

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145 Responses to “Epstein Barr symptoms – fatigue, diarrhea and nausea”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Angie,
    Sorry your son has not been feeling well. The Epstein Barr virus that causes mono can affect liver function to cause nausea, headaches, fatigue etc. Even if the virus is no longer active, symptoms like nausea and fatigue can linger for several weeks. I would recommend your son starts on some gentle liver cleansing with half a lemon squeezed into some warm water on rising in the morning. Plenty of pure fluids should be drunk throughout the day. Try to base his diet around lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, quality protein and small amounts of wholegrains. Excess fats and dairy should be avoided. To quell the nausea he could try eating some crackers or dry toast or drinking some ginger tea. If the nausea persists a stronger liver tonic or cleanse would be worth trying.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  2. Sindy says:

    Hi, my friend’s daughter is scared that she may have EBV because her boyfriend was diagnosed with it not to long ago. She found out that he is no longer contagious but she is still worried because they had kissed and shared drinks/food together before he found out what he had. She has also confided in me that she has gotten a few of the symptoms of EBV such as diarrhea, minor fatigue, and minor nausea. She does exercise a lot because she plays sports and always drinks water. Do you think that by doing that, it can help rid her of the virus if she has it ? And do you have any other advice on what I can do to help her ?

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Sindy,
    Thanks for your post. It is possible that your friend has picked up EBV but the only way to find out is from a blood test.

    I would recommend she starts taking some immune boosting nutrients like vitamin C and zinc. For her fatigue, a B complex and magnesium can help – especially if she plays a lot of sport. Her nausea and diarrhea may improve if she adds some probiotics like acidophillus into her diet.

    I would not advise she pushes herself too hard with the sport. The body needs rest and quality sleep in order to recover.

    I hope this information gets her started.
    Elizabeth

  4. steve says:

    Apple Cider Vinegar for the diarrhea. One tablespoon in mineral water w/ sugar or honey and lemon (up to three times a day). Or one tablespoon in coconut water with a little mineral water. Don’t drink it plain, it will burn your throat.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Steve. Good tip. I recommend my patients try apple cider vinegar in water with or around meals to aid digestion.
    Elizabeth

  6. Uli says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I am 47 years of age and last week I have been diagnosed with EBV after suffering from increasing fatigue for the past two years. My symptoms never included any swollen glands or a sore throat, just this awful debilitating exhaustion. I’ve also been suffering from an awful bloating of the stomach. Every few months I would have two-three days of very high fever and diarreha (last year I had to be rushed to Hospital on one occassion) and then get better. Except the fatigue would never quite go away. I used to be an avid gym goer, doing weights and cardio exercises 3-4 times a week but for the past year it has become more and more difficult to recover. Last week I had a complete check-up, including a blood test for EBV which showed positive. All my other results were excellent, I am a very healthy person with no signs of any other illness. My doctor advised me to rest but also said it could take a few months to get better. Have you had any other inquiries with similar symptoms? Will this go away and will I ever be able to return to a healthy, gym-going life style?

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Uli,
    Thanks for your post. Sorry you have been struggling with a bout of EBV. It can be a very frustrating time. Most people get over the virus within a few weeks however in some people it can linger on for months or years.

    From your symptoms I would focus on fixing up your digestion with a bowel cleanse followed by a course of probiotics like acidophillus and bifido bacteria. Natural enzymes and a pure fresh food diet may also help. If your digestive symptoms return then a liver cleanse may be in order.

    For your fatigue I would be looking at adding some vitamin C, B complex, magnesium and fish oils. Epsom salt baths, which are naturally high in magnesium are worth trying. Aim for a high protein/low carb diet with plenty of fluids. All these therapies are discussed in my e-book if you need further guidance.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  8. Lisa says:

    Hi Elizabeth

    I am 48 yrs old and was diagnosed with EBV about 6 weeks ago. I have been on Amantadine for 6 weeks. My titer counts were 750. I have 2-3 days a week that are OK and then I start with a sore throat ,chills and belly pain . Sometimes the pain in my belly is right above the belly button and to my left side. This goes on every week now. The lethargy has left and not nearly as bad. I also startes takinfg Lysine and vitamin D and 12. the chills are terrible. All of my other labs were normal and the CT scan was normal as well. I have never been this sick. Any insight would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Lisa

  9. Lisa says:

    Hi Elizabeth

    I am 48 yrs old and was diagnosed with EBV about 6 weeks ago. I have been on Amantadine for 6 weeks. My titer counts were 750. I have 2-3 days a week that are OK and then I start with a sore throat ,chills and belly pain . Sometimes the pain in my belly is right above the belly button and to my left side. This goes on every week now. The lethargy has left and not nearly as bad. I also startes takinfg Lysine and vitamin D and 12. the chills are terrible. All of my other labs were normal and the CT scan was normal as well. I have never been this sick. Any insight would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Lisa

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for your post. Sorry to hear you have not been well.

    The nature of recovery from EBV is often to have a few good days followed by a bad day. The key is to pace yourself and have some strategies in place to help you cope on the bad days.

    I would recommend you focus on the boosting your immune system and repairing your adrenal glands with some vitamin C, zinc, B complex and magnesium. For your abdominal pain look at adding some probiotics and eating a light, low fat diet. It is possible your liver is involved so some gentle liver cleansing may be a good idea. Some cases of EBV do take several weeks to get over so plenty of rest and fluids are essential.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  11. Jon says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I was diagnoised with Mono about 4 days ago…Currently, all of my symptoms are being controlled quite well except for the bloating in my stomach which causes shortness of breath and leads to minor anxiety attacks…today i’ve experienced my face being real hot (temple, cheeks and neck) but not to touch with a slight burning…i’m currently still dealing with the diarrhea but the stomach cramps have stopped…everything else is normal…any advice is greatly appreciated….

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks for your post. Gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, loose stools and abdominal pain are common in the early stages of mono. I would recommend you follow a liquid-only diet of broths, soups, herb teas, vegetable juices and water for a couple of days.
    Once your symptoms have improved you can add some boiled rice, steamed vegies, ripe fruits and low fat protein foods. I would be avoiding fats and excess dairy. Adding some probiotics like acidophillus and bifido may also help. Make sure you get plenty of rest in order to allow your body to heal.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  13. Greg says:

    Hi there, I am a 50yo male. Last week went to hospital via ambulance with symtoms of chest tightness breathing troubles, pain in chest neck throat and back. Many test were run including mono, whichis what l got diagnosed with. During the past 6-7 months l have been treated for thyroid, pituitary gland, and adrenal gland disfunction. I am now being told that there’s nothing more the doctors can do. That I’m basically stuck with this disease and this is how it will be for the rest of days. My symptoms now are extreme fatigue joint muscle pain foggy thinking forgetfullness equalibrium off extreme chills and extreme hot flashes. I can’t believe there is no studies done to learn more about this.Also l have not been in any intimate contact siituations in a very long time. Do you know of a test to see if this is 100% the Barr virus? Are there any support websites?
    Thanks, Greg

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for your post. Sorry you have been going through problems with your health.

    Epstein Barr can trigger symptoms like extreme fatigue, muscle pain, brain fog and body temperature fluctuations. A good doctor can run Epstein Barr antibody tests to see what stage of the illness you are at. A holistic doctor or naturopath who specialises in immune support would be preferable. If you don’t know anyone in your area then have a look at the good doctor’s list at:

    http://www.co-cure.org/Good-Doc.htm

    Alternatively there is a free support forum at http://www.cebv.org where you could ask other mono sufferers about their experiences.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  15. Jessica says:

    Hello,

    I’m 23 and was diagnosed with EBV back in March of this year. In the beginning I had all the symptoms such as eyelid swelling, sore, swollen throat covered with white patches, nausea and my spleen was enlarged. I rested as much as possible for a month but I had a lot of insomnia and wasn’t fatigued so I figured I was better. Well in the beginning of May I had a lot of nausea and upper right abdominal pain. I had my gallbladder removed about 8 years ago so I figured the pain was possibly due to my liver as I have constant high enzyme and bilirubin levels. Near the end of May I started having bouts of diarrhea and severe fatigue along with debilitating headaches. It is now September 1st and I’m still experiencing bouts of diarrhea along with constant nausea, headaches, pounding and pressure in the head and now debilitating fatigue and muscle weakness. I’ve also been experiencing shakiness of my muscles and the same weird indescribable ill sensation I had when mono first hit me back in March. Do you believe all these symptoms over the past few months are still related to mono? I’m not taking vitamins as of now and have tried numerous probiotics for the diarrhea but oddly they only make it worse.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Thank you!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for your post. Sorry to hear you are feeling so awful. EBV is a latent virus that can relapse when your immune system is under par. It sounds like you may not have fully recovered from the initial infection.

    I would focus on the health of your liver and gastrointestinal tract. Before you take probiotics it would be worth taking a gentle cleanse with anti-microbial herbs like walnut, barberry or citrus seed extract to eliminate any bad microbes in the gastrointestinal tract. The probiotics are then more likely to be effective. Supporting the liver with a daily lemon juice, dandelion, milk thistle, lots of pure water and an alkaline diet may help your nausea and headaches.

    For your fatigue and muscle problems I would look at taking some magnesium, C , B vitamins and zinc. Plenty of rest is essential.

    Hope this helps.

    Elizabeth

  17. Wendy says:

    This message is in response to Greg and others who believe these symptoms will be ongoing for life. I was diagnosed with Chronic Mono years ago. 6 months ago I found the main culprit to be WHEAT! That’s right, it was as simple as Wheat. I’m experiencing a 100% turn around. I believe the EBV is still a battle I’ll have to fight every September in some form – but it’s just a little lethargy. I now enjoy a stomach issue-FREE life, no bloating, diarrhea or gastro issues. I also have no more brain fog, no painful joints except for a small amount in the hips when I over exert. I think there was so much inflammation in that area that it has done permanent damage. I have fat on the bottom of my footbed for the first time :) My nail beds look and feel healthier and I no longer bruise easily. Just sayin ;) Try changing your nutritional intake and see if that could be a root cause. 24 years I went wrongly diagnosed. Hope this is helpful.
    Wendy

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Wendy
    Thanks for your post. Good to hear that getting off wheat has helped you manage your EBV symptoms. Wheat and other gluten-based grains can certainly trigger inflammation like sore joints, stomach issues and brain fog in mono patients.
    Keep up the good work.
    Elizabeth

  19. Mike says:

    Hello Elizabeth,

    I was diagnosed with mono yesterday, but i have just about every symptom. I have vomited, had diarrhea, fatigue, sore throat, mucus, and even a rash on my arm. I was wondering when these symptoms should die down? It is making it very hard for me to go to class at full strength and my peace of mind is faltering.

    Also, how long would you say I would be contagious? I have a girlfriend who i would feel terrible about passing this onto,despite the fact that she likely would have already gotten it.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Mike,
    Sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with mono. It’s not much fun having all those nasty symptoms. These acute symptoms can last for a few days to a couple of weeks. In some unusual cases they can linger for a month or more. Your best approach is bed rest
    with plenty of fluids, a light diet and some immune boosting supplements to help your body fight the virus.

    The virus is shed via saliva up to several months after infection. The most contagious time is in the acute phase so avoid kissing your girlfriend or sharing drinks, eating utensils, towels etc. Your girlfriend may have already had the virus. In this case she is immune from picking it up again from you.

    Hope you feel better soon.
    Elizabeth

  21. Eileen says:

    Hello,
    We are so frustrated, my 12 year old daughter has such extreme nausea that she cries. 2 weeks ago she had strep (rapid came back negative) but long culture came back positive) and she had pneumonia. The cough symtoms have gotten so much better but this child has white spots on her tonsils and is so nauseous! She is light headed, muscle aches and just feels awful. An ENT automatically said that she has mono but the pediatrican is not so abt to confirm as the blood tests are not revealing that it is Mono. Another blood test was taken on Friday, it is Sunday and waiting for results. We just want an answer and want my daughter to feel better. She loves school, basketball and has not been able to participate in any activities. She sleeps in a recliner because she says that the nausea is better that way. Can you please help!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Eileen,
    Thanks for your post. Sorry to hear your daughter is suffering with bad nausea. It is possible she has picked up mono which is affecting her liver function. I think the first priority is to get her nourished and re-hydrated. I would aim for a liquid only diet of small amounts of broths, soups, herbal teas and freshly squeezed vegetable juices. Even just small regular sips will help her body to absorb the fluid and nutrients. Dry toast or crackers, ginger tea and small amounts of lemon juice in water may also help.

    If your daughter has been on antibiotics for the strep and pneumonia then it is important to replenish the healthy gastrointestinal bacteria like acidophillus and bifido bacteria in her diet. You can get these bacteria in capsules or powder form.

    To boost her immunity and relieve her muscle pains she will also need to be on some essential nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and the B complex. Rest and sleep is also essential at this stage.

    I hope this information helps.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  23. Kelly says:

    Hi Elizabeth-

    My 8 yr old Daughter was diagnosed with Mono. today after 5 days of a high fever (102.5-104), cough and complaining that her stomach hurt. Before her blood work, she had abdominal x-ray (neg) and a chest x-ray which showed possible pneumonia (questionable in her upper right lobe). The Dr thought that her stomach ache was referred pain from the pneumonia. I wasn’t convinced and after pushing for blood work her Mono. test came back positive. Its been about 9 days now and her only complaint is that her stomach still hurts and gets worse as the day goes on. She has a hard time describing the feeling but says she feels “car sick” yet she is still eating pretty well. She always points to her stomach (to the left of her belly button) so I am assuming it is nausea. I discontinued the Omni-cef (she had 3 doses) and I am giving her Slippery Elm first thing in the morning then a few hours later I am giving her acidophillus/bifidus capsule, Vit D3, and 1000 mg of Vit C. I read above that she may benefit from a liver cleanse? What you recommend for a child? Thank you!

    Kelly

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Sorry your daughter has been diagnosed with mono. Nausea and stomach pain often point to liver involvement. I would try your daughter on small, frequent snacks which are low in fat and dairy. Ginger or peppermint tea as well as the probiotics can help to settle the symptoms. An 8 year old does not normally require a full liver cleanse. I would start her on half a lemon squeezed into warm water on rising plus a fresh food diet and plenty of water. If the stomach pain persists it may be worth checking to see if her spleen in swollen.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  25. mommyof2 says:

    Iwas diagnosed with mono 3days ago.ihave really really bad diarrhea nd bad sever stomach pains is that normal or wat?? Its been an ongoin thing now and iys not gtn better wat do IDO HELP

  26. admin says:

    Hi Sara,
    The Epstein Barr virus that causes mono can attack the gastrointestinal tract to cause diarrhea and stomach pains. The best approach is to go on a liquid only diet for a couple of days until it calms down. Adding some probiotics like acidophillus bacteria can also help. When your appetite returns, start back on some dry toast, white rice, pureed vegetables or stewed apple to see how you react. If your symptoms persist you may need to check with your doctor.
    Elizabeth

  27. Toni says:

    My 12 yr old girl has had mono for 9 weeks now, the fatigue isn’t any better.. She has really bad headaches and nausea. She has been on homeopathic meds without any changes, blood work has come back better. She’s not sleeping alot She has been taking a multivitamin with Zinc, Vitamin C and probiotics. She has a good appetite and no abdominal pain. She never had a sore throat originally. She is so frustrated and stressed about being sick and not feeling well. We don’t know what else to do….

  28. admin says:

    Hi Toni,
    Sorry to hear your little girl has been ill for so long. It sounds like her adrenal glands may be involved so I would try her on some high dose magnesium, B complex, fish oils and vitamin C. The zinc and probiotics are good immune boosters so she should stay on them. An Epsom salt bath (2 cups to a hot bath before bedtime) may help her sleep. If the nausea continues a gentle liver cleanse like lemon juice in warm water daily may be beneficial. Lots of rest is of course essential.

    I hope these ideas help.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  29. Kalev says:

    Hey. I was diagnosed with the virus in August and up until now it has not gone away. It started with a simple joint pain and sore throat, but I was so nervous because I had not been sick for years so I went to the doctor and there they found out I had it. I was prescribed antibiotics and in some days developed a rash on my arms which freaked me out even more. Then I ventured to the internet and saw that antibiotics do nothing against it. Some months I was feeling fine, until November I had these night sweats for like 4 or 5 nights in a row. Is it normal? It caused a lot of stress and I was thinking it is something really serious and from then on I have almost been like a hypochondriac. But they stopped quite soon and I felt fine again. My general state of mind and physical being is fine, but it just stresses me out so much every time I see a new big pimple or something appear and feel that my spleen is enlarged or whatnot. Is it normal to have such things appear on my skin from time to time? They are very few, like 1-2 at a time, but they are often very big and red. They go away in 5 days or so. Also, I sometimes feel like my lymphs in the armpit ache. Is that possible or am I imagining it? Because they dont seem to be swollen or anything? I do have a history of psychotic behaviour and obsessive-compulsive disorder, but why doesnt this virus want to stop its harm? How long do you think I must bear with it?

    Thank you kindly in advance!

  30. admin says:

    Hi Kalev,

    Thank you for your email. Sorry to hear you are ill with the Epstein Barr virus. It can be a very frustrating time. EBV is a latent virus that stays in your body for life after the initial infection. It can relapse when you run down or stressed. Symptoms can include fevers, painful lymph nodes, fatigue, sore throat and body aches.

    Fortunately there is a lot you can do with natural therapies to help your recovery. Your priority is to get your immune system fighting off the virus with high dose vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A. You will also need to repair your adrenal glands with magnesium and the B complex.

    A low carb, high protein diet with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and pure water is important. Some anti-inflammatory foods and anti-viral herbs will also help. If your symptoms persist you may need to do some liver cleansing in order to clear the virus from your system.

    All these techniques are outlined in my e-book and have been used with good results by many patients who have had similar conditions. With the e-book, you also get free email support for 30 days if you need further guidance on your individual concerns.

    I hope this answers your questions.

    Kind Regards

    Elizabeth

  31. Polo says:

    Hi there,
    Im 37 and im quite sure i have Mono, because of the symptoms I’ve been feeling…
    It start this febuary with, a high fever, chill and amigdalitis. I when to the Doctor and told to take Augmenting and ampicillin, but the next day after take them I had a rash in my left cheek and under the nose that burned a lot. I emidiatly stop the medication and became very worried and stressed, the rash then disappeared In 4 days and on the 17of February and felt like and needle was shot into my stomach and right there I starting to feel nausea and pain on the left side of my med lower chest, that was followed by a strong sleeping and weak sensation on my body. I sleep all the time and spleen area feels heavy painfull. Untill today I’ve been feeling an on an of pain in spleen area ,blocked nose that doesn’t go away , diereha not much , but got it , back pain and I’m gaining weight…
    It’s been almost 3 months and I’m freaking out…
    Please help me …

  32. admin says:

    Hi Polo,

    Thank you for your post. Sorry to hear you are ill. It does sound like you may be suffering from mono but it is worth getting a blood test from your doctor to check.

    Fortunately there is a lot you can do with natural therapies to help your recovery. Your priority is to get your immune system fighting off the virus with high dose vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A. You will also need to repair
    your adrenal glands with magnesium and the B complex. Lots of rest and sleep is essential.

    A low carb, high protein diet with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and pure water is important. Some anti-inflammatory foods and anti-viral herbs will also help. If your symptoms persist you may need to do some liver cleansing in order to clear the virus from your system.

    All these techniques are outlined in my e-book and have been used with good results by many patients who have had similar conditions. With the e-book, you also get free email support for 30 days if you need further guidance on your individual concerns.

    I hope this answers your questions.

    Kind Regards

    Elizabeth Noble
    Director
    Wholistic Therapy Centre

  33. Peter says:

    Hello, I have a 6yr old son who was just diagnosed with mono after his peditrician did blood work because he has had a fever for 5 days straight ranging from 102 to 104.5. Tylenol and motrin seem to bring it down but as soon as they wear off the temp go’s right back up almost to the minute when the medicine stops working. His doc says its fine and to just keep giving him the tylenol motrin until they stop. Is it normal for the fever to last this long 5 days? I’m starting to really worry, how long will they last for? Other symtoms are runny nose and diarrhea other then that he seems fine and is bouncing around the living room even though were trying to keep him still. Giving him gummie vitamins and lots of orange juice to try and help him get better soon. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, A nervous Dad

  34. admin says:

    Hi Peter,

    Sorry to hear your little boy is ill with mono. Fever is the body’s way of killing off infections. Unless the fever is really high, (above 104) I recommend my patients do not not suppress fever with medication. Letting it run its course will probably shorten its duration.
    You can keep your child comfortable with some tepid sponge baths and lots of fluids.

    If the virus persists I would recommend you get him onto some nutrients to fight the virus (vitamin C, zinc, echinacea etc).

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  35. Peter says:

    Thanks for the response, Thats what we have been trying to do but it seems as soon as the medicine wearsoff it right away jumps to 104 in a matter of 20 min. Today will be the 7th day of high fever have you ever heard of it being that persistent? when could we expect some relief? only other systoms are diarrhea and stuffy runny nose. Thank you so much for the response. nervous tired Dad

  36. mary says:

    I am at my wit’s end. On April 10, 2012, my 14 yr old daughter came home from school. She said her nose was burning and did not feel well. Within an hour, she was very ill and lethargic. For the next two days, she couldn’t breathe out of her nose and had a severe sore throat. We took her to the Dr who said she had a sinus infection and gave her a shot of Rocephin and Depo-Medrol. We were told she would feel better in 24-48 hrs. Within 72 hrs, we saw no improvement. We continued with the prescribed antibiotics and waited a week to bring her back to the Dr (we were trying to give the medicine time to work). She was also having severe headaches. They Dr did a CT of her sinuses and diagnosed her again with Sinusitis. She was given another 4mg steroid shot and we were sent on our way. My daughter continued to have severe headaches, face pain, sore throat and extreme fatigue. Again, we waited a few days to see if the medicine would work. The 5th day after our 2nd Dr visit, she developed terrible abdominal pain, LLQ. I was suspicious of Mono and took her back to the Dr. He did the test and she was Positive. That was two weeks ago. She has lost almost 20 lbs, won’t eat and barely drinking. Her left sided pain has not let up. I forgot to mention she has constant nausea, and has for 4 weeks. I don’t know what to do. Is this par for the course with Mono? Should I be worried the LLQ pain is related to her spleen or bowels? I just dont know anymore. Any advice/suggestions/insight will be greatly appreciated.

  37. admin says:

    Hi Mary,

    Your daughter sounds very ill with the Epstein Barr virus. Most cases do not last so long in this acute stage.

    I think the first priority is to get her nourished and re-hydrated. If she is not consuming enough water or food, it is going to worsen the headaches and abdominal pain. I would aim for a liquid only diet of small amounts of broths, soups, herbal teas and freshly squeezed vegetable juices. Even just small regular sips will help her body to absorb the fluid and nutrients.

    She will also need to be on some essential nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and the B complex. These are crucial in helping her body fight the virus. Again if she has problems swallowing then a powdered or liquid supplement is probably best for her.

    Often the Epstein Barr virus affects the liver, causing nausea and vomiting. I think she does need to do some gentle liver cleansing to overcome this problem. Even just starting her off on some lemon and ginger tea would be good. Epsom salt baths would be good for her abdominal pain. You could also try hot packs over her spleen and liver area to see if they help.

    All these techniques are outlined in my e-book and have been used with good results by many patients who have had similar conditions. With the e-book, you also get free email support for 30 days if you need further guidance on your individual concerns.

    I hope this answers your questions.

    Kind Regards

    Elizabeth

  38. Amanda says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I am so grateful for your web site and the helpful information you are sharing in the comments section. I am writing because my nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with mono this week. She is a very healthy child and our diet is high in whole foods, organic vegetables and healthy supplements to add vitamin d, probiotics, b vitamins and essential fatty acids. It has been so difficult to watch our usually vibrant child feeling so miserable.
    We are on day 7 of battling this virus. My daughter has been drinking broth with nutritional yeast dissolved in it, herbal teas and lemon water. I’ve also been giving her coconut oil as I have read that can be highly beneficial in battling this virus. Do you have any experience with that?
    I previously had mono in my teens, but I am noticing that some of my glands are feeling enlarged. I am concerned because I am currently pregnant and am wondering how re-exposure to the active virus might affect me. I am also wondering how I can best prevent my two other children from contracting mono. I’ve read that the virus can remain dormant for up to two months, that adults like myself who carry EBV can have asymptomatic resurgences during which time they may be contagious, and I have received conflicting information from the nurses and other sources regarding how long my child will remain contagious. Any information you can offer to help us sort this out would be so greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    Warmly,

    Amanda

  39. admin says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Sorry to hear your daughter is not well. She is on an excellent regime of diet and supplements so should bounce back within a week or so. The coconut oil is a good anti-viral along with nutrients like vitamin C, zinc and the probiotics.

    The virus is spread via saliva so it is important that your daughter does not share drinks, eating utensils, towels, lip balm etc with her siblings. Good, regular handwashing is also important. The virus is most contagious in the acute stage of the illness but can still be transmitted weeks or months after symptoms have disappeared. The most common source of infection is believed to be people with no symptoms who shed the virus periodically from their throat.

    Since you have had mono before, you cannot get it from your daughter. It is possible the latent virus in your body can be re-activated during stress or when you are run down. Eating well, getting plenty of sleep and exercising regularly will help keep the virus at bay.

    I hope this answers your questions.

    Elizabeth

  40. Gina says:

    My son was recently diagnosed with mono. Doc said he is in “recovery” phase and that he must have come into contact with it 6-8 weeks ago. Funny, he had no symptoms before, but had sudden onset of nausea 24/7 and stomach pain, had no interest in eating. Now a week later, he is much better. Now I feel extreme nausea for past few days and body hurts. I might need to get tested for it.

  41. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Gina,

    The incubation for mono is a few weeks so it is possible you picked up an infection around the same time your son did. Most adults have been exposed to mono by their 20′s so have a natural immunity to picking it up again. If your symptoms persist or develop into the classic sore throat, swollen glands and fatigue typically seen in mono then a test would be worthwhile.

    Elizabeth

  42. Darla S. says:

    I have it Chronically, so when I get run down, it flares up.

  43. Vince says:

    Hi. I am 49 years old and was diagnosed with EBV in August. I had the extreme fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint soreness and burning feelings, and sometimes very foggy thinking. i never really rested enough and and it is still persisting. Now I am starting to have gassy/bloating pains in my stomach, which seem to aggravate a bit depending on what I eat. Is this normal? Starting to turn into a bit of a hypochondriac.

    Thanks

    really suffering

  44. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Vince,
    Sorry to hear you have had EBV since August. The virus can affect the gastrointestinal tract causing bloating and abdominal pains. I would look at doing a course of herbal antimicrobials followed by some acidophillus to re balance the gastrointestinal flora. Some digestive enzymes may also help. If you are still suffering with the fatigue, body aches and foggy thinking then you should be on some magnesium, B vitamins, zinc and vitamin C to help boost your energy and stamina. Plenty of rest and adequate sleep is always important. All these techniques are explained in my e-book in more detail.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  45. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Darla,

    Sorry to hear you have chronic EBV. Fortunately there is a lot you can do with natural therapies to help your recovery and stop the flare ups.

    Your priority is to get your immune system fighting off the virus with high dose vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A. You will also need to repair
    your adrenal glands with magnesium and the B complex. Lots of rest and sleep is essential.

    A low carb, high protein diet with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and pure water is important.
    Some anti-inflammatory foods and anti-viral herbs will also help. If your symptoms persist you may
    need to do some liver cleansing in order to clear the virus from your system.

    All these techniques are outlined in my e-book and have been used with
    good results by many patients who have had similar conditions. With the e-book,
    you also get free email support for 30 days if you need further guidance on your
    individual concerns.

    I hope this helps.

    Kind Regards
    Elizabeth

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