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    As the title says I have to have another blood test tomorrow, which will make no.8, in 7weeks of feeling very unwell. Last week I found out I had Epstein Barr Virus, which I thought would be the end of taking bloods. But I had a call this morning to say I have an appointment with Dr and the nurse for a blood test! :/

    I'm now sat here baffled as to why on earth would they need to take another blood test, if they already know the virus that is making me unwell?? . . :confused::confused:
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    I don't know much about that virus, but I can sympathise with you. For the past 9 months I have been in and out of the hospital and the doctors surgery, constantly being tested and not being told what's going on! It's terrible, especially now I've been told that I'm ill, but it's probably all in my head! Just go along to the appointment as calm as you can be with a list of questions and see if they can answer them for you. If you get confused or annoyed about what they're doing it can stop you thinking straight and you'll forget what you want to ask them. Just relax, I'm sure it's nothing to worry about
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    I don't know much about that virus, but I can sympathise with you. For the past 9 months I have been in and out of the hospital and the doctors surgery, constantly being tested and not being told what's going on! It's terrible, especially now I've been told that I'm ill, but it's probably all in my head! Just go along to the appointment as calm as you can be with a list of questions and see if they can answer them for you. If you get confused or annoyed about what they're doing it can stop you thinking straight and you'll forget what you want to ask them. Just relax, I'm sure it's nothing to worry about
    Oh gawd :/ 9months and they haven't told you what's wrong? . .Have you they told you on each occasion what they test for?? . . That is what I do now everytime they take bloods. My whole ordeal has been going on since end of October, and the Drs are finally getting a move on with it, after my mum intervened. Dr after Dr kept fobbing me off with crap, and the ''take painkillers'', mum got fed up of it, and that is what they decided to get a wriggle on.

    I'm trying to not think about it, but i'm getting slightly fed up of being poked every week with needles. I use to hate needles, but I have actually now conquered the fear, and it doesn't phase me too much now.
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    I had glandular fever recently and had blood tests after they found the root cause because I had abnormal liver function, so they were keeping an eye on that. Maybe its a similar thing for you?

    Hope you feel well soon, sucks you've got it over xmas. Only thing I will say to you is that you need to take it easy cos glandular fever messes with your immune system so you're more at risk of cold, flu etc so I'd go and ask about a flu jab.

    Talk to your GP about the blood tests, they'll be able to tell you why you're having so many.
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    Oh gawd :/ 9months and they haven't told you what's wrong? . .Have you they told you on each occasion what they test for?? . . That is what I do now everytime they take bloods. My whole ordeal has been going on since end of October, and the Drs are finally getting a move on with it, after my mum intervened. Dr after Dr kept fobbing me off with crap, and the ''take painkillers'', mum got fed up of it, and that is what they decided to get a wriggle on.

    I'm trying to not think about it, but i'm getting slightly fed up of being poked every week with needles. I use to hate needles, but I have actually now conquered the fear, and it doesn't phase me too much now.
    I'm glad you've finally found out what's behind your problems.

    Tbh though, if it is EBV causing these symptoms, there isn't much more that can be done apart from rest and taking painkillers, so it's not like the advice was dangerous. Glandular fever is VERY common - most people get it, although it affects some people more than others. It can affect your liver, spleen etc, so I would presume that they're following up on your previous ones to see if your liver is improving or not.
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    Epstein-Barr virus (the cause of glandular fever/mono) can cause a lot of problems for your liver and spleen (both may swell up, your liver function can really decrease [this is temporary!]), so they're probably testing that. I would strongly recommend you do not drink alcohol for the foreseeable future, ie two months! They could also be testing for secondary bacterial infections, which you're more likely to pick up while the virus is keeping your immune system better.

    It sucks having glandular fever over Christmas and New Year (happened to me during my first year at uni), but with plenty of rest and TLC, you'll get over it. And probably lose a stone in the process...
    Thank you for the information.

    I have been reading up on it, and noticed it's a virus that takes some time getting over and getting the immune system better again. I however didn't catch the virus through ''kissing'' as it is more commonly known as - I caught it whilst on holiday in the United States, through either someone with the virus handling cutlery or someone sneezing/coughing near me.

    I have been warned to stay to well away from the booze (sucks esp. over xmas, couldn't even drink @ my graduation ), but it's for my own good, which I fully understand.

    I am hoping that with plenty of rest, and fluids to try and flush out the virus, I'll be better soon.
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    I'm glad you've finally found out what's behind your problems.

    Tbh though, if it is EBV causing these symptoms, there isn't much more that can be done apart from rest and taking painkillers, so it's not like the advice was dangerous. Glandular fever is VERY common - most people get it, although it affects some people more than others. It can affect your liver, spleen etc, so I would presume that they're following up on your previous ones to see if your liver is improving or not.
    Yea, I realise there isn't much that can be done for me apart from painkillers and just taking it easy. Unfortunately I can't sit still for long, im a v active person. But I guess if I want to get better (which I desperately do), then I'll have to follow Drs orders and bide my time with it.

    Yea, when I had a scan last week, the lady asked me if anyone is tracking my liver and I said I am not sure. So I presuming tomorrow's blood test is to track the liver and go from there. :dontknow:.
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    I had this virus when I had glandular fever. It affected me for a good 5 weeks but then I'm quite a hardy individual so it didn't go on for 3 months or anything. The worst part was having to spend a week in hospital, this was during my AS levels in June.

    This isn't to say you aren't hardy OP, just things affect different people in different ways. Other people who had glandular fever at school were affected for months and others weeks.

    I hope things improve, just make sure you get loads of rest and sleep. Try and do revision and work or whatever in between.
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    I had glandular fever recently and had blood tests after they found the root cause because I had abnormal liver function, so they were keeping an eye on that. Maybe its a similar thing for you?

    Hope you feel well soon, sucks you've got it over xmas. Only thing I will say to you is that you need to take it easy cos glandular fever messes with your immune system so you're more at risk of cold, flu etc so I'd go and ask about a flu jab.

    Talk to your GP about the blood tests, they'll be able to tell you why you're having so many.
    Yea im thinking it's to track the liver function as well :dontknow:. Will post tomorrow what Dr says.

    Yea, I was thinking about getting the flu/swine jab, because it's on the increase. But I will ask my Dr tomorrow, see what he has to say.

    Thank you for your post though.
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    I had this virus when I had glandular fever. It affected me for a good 5 weeks but then I'm quite a hardy individual so it didn't go on for 3 months or anything. The worst part was having to spend a week in hospital, this was during my AS levels in June.

    This isn't to say you aren't hardy OP, just things affect different people in different ways. Other people who had glandular fever at school were affected for months and others weeks.

    I hope things improve, just make sure you get loads of rest and sleep. Try and do revision and work or whatever in between.
    I've been feeling unwell since beginning of November . . I've been from Dr to A&E and so on until my mum came with me to the Drs last week and demanded things got sorted as she was sick and tired of me in constant pain, and crying all the time.

    Thankfully im no longer at university (I finished earlier this year), so im not missing anything important there. The only thing I do is work part time, which I was going to up my hours, and continue looking for a new job. But I think I will stay with the one day, and take things easy for the time being.
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    I've been feeling unwell since beginning of November . . I've been from Dr to A&E and so on until my mum came with me to the Drs last week and demanded things got sorted as she was sick and tired of me in constant pain, and crying all the time.

    Thankfully im no longer at university (I finished earlier this year), so im not missing anything important there. The only thing I do is work part time, which I was going to up my hours, and continue looking for a new job. But I think I will stay with the one day, and take things easy for the time being.
    Oh sorry to hear how tough things have been. It's great that you have finished university, that would be the last thing you want whilst studying.

    Yeah, I was like that, back and forth from Dr's to A & E. I counted 7 blood tests, I got better eventually, though rest and sleep. Make sure you continue to do leisurely things like go for walks because you don't want to get depressed, but make sure you always have someone with you because I remember I passed out on two occasions when I was ill. Fortunately I was indoors when that happened.

    Are you sure you should be working in this state? I only say this because I really couldn't have worked when I was ill with the virus.
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    Oh sorry to hear how tough things have been. It's great that you have finished university, that would be the last thing you want whilst studying.

    Yeah, I was like that, back and forth from Dr's to A & E. I counted 7 blood tests, I got better eventually, though rest and sleep. Make sure you continue to do leisurely things like go for walks because you don't want to get depressed, but make sure you always have someone with you because I remember I passed out on two occasions when I was ill. Fortunately I was indoors when that happened.

    Are you sure you should be working in this state? I only say this because I really couldn't have worked when I was ill with the virus.
    I would have hated to come down with this virus last year, because I would have had to postpone my 3rd year - that would really have been devastating, not being able to graduate with my class.

    Yea A&E were trying to make out like it was psychotic, and told me to find a good acupuncture place in Bristol and chill out!! After I was told that, I sat back and began to question myself ''Am I really going mad?'' and I snapped out of it and thought no, im genuinely unwell. Because my mum is a medical professional, she came with me last week to the Drs in her uniform. When the Dr saw she meant business, they've started to get their arses into gear. It only took them 7weeks!!!

    Yea my mum wants me to go out with friends, but at the mo I don't have much energy. A lot of things my friends and I do is eating, which I don't have much appetite for, I can't drink, and im just v tired. So right now im not really the best person to be socialising with, but I agree I need to go out. I might try and find my wellies tomorrow, and go out in the garden (my dad will be at home), play in the snow lol.

    I only work one day which is 6hrs. For weeks I have been telling my manager, that I am not well, can I go home, she said no! I also had 3weeks off earlier in the year as I had Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. So if I was to go off sick again, I'd more than likely loose my job. Although I am struggling at work, I work on the self scan machines, which is very demanding, esp. when it's busy. I'm just tired and my head begins to hurts - headache and the lights are too bright. So don't quite know what to do, but I will ask my Dr tomorrow.
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    I know for me they kept recalling me because they had forgotten to stop triggering an alert everytime I had a blood test! But as others have said - just ask to clarify why
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    You sound like you were unlucky with your GPs... when my glands swelled up like golf balls, I just rocked up to the surgery, said "I think I have glandular fever", and I had my test reults back a few days later!
    Yea, the times I have been to the Drs it was locum Drs I kept getting. So everytime I went to see them, they just prescribed me antibiotics, told me to take painkillers and shew me out the door. The impression I got from the locums was they were afraid to perhaps refer me for anything else, ie scans, fearing that it would cost the surgery too much. But after I kept coming back and I saw 2 reg. Drs, they knew straight off something wasn't right, and when my mum came, they knew she meant business and wanted it sorted.

    See my glands in my neck didn't/haven't swollen. Although they have done in my groin (v v uncomfortable). There is a small one in my chin which has raised a lil bit. But it all generally started off with pain in my leg - and it's all led on from there.
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    Oh gawd :/ 9months and they haven't told you what's wrong? . .Have you they told you on each occasion what they test for?? . . That is what I do now everytime they take bloods. My whole ordeal has been going on since end of October, and the Drs are finally getting a move on with it, after my mum intervened. Dr after Dr kept fobbing me off with crap, and the ''take painkillers'', mum got fed up of it, and that is what they decided to get a wriggle on.
    They've decided I have ME, but want to send me for counselling because they say it's all in my head and probably my minds way of crying out for attention, possibly caused by a trauma when I was little such as my parents splitting up! They're finally sending my to a rheumatologist, but I've seen the doctor 15 times in the past 9 months. They thought I had a brain tumour at first, so I have to be tested for that again after Christmas to see if certain hormones are increasing, because if they are then I'll have to have a MRI and probably an operation I hate doctors right now! I went complaining about nausea and throwing up as well, but they did nothing, so I'm having to do my own diets eliminating my foods because they're no help until I find something that improves before they listen to me.
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    They've decided I have ME, but want to send me for counselling because they say it's all in my head and probably my minds way of crying out for attention, possibly caused by a trauma when I was little such as my parents splitting up! They're finally sending my to a rheumatologist, but I've seen the doctor 15 times in the past 9 months. They thought I had a brain tumour at first, so I have to be tested for that again after Christmas to see if certain hormones are increasing, because if they are then I'll have to have a MRI and probably an operation I hate doctors right now! I went complaining about nausea and throwing up as well, but they did nothing, so I'm having to do my own diets eliminating my foods because they're no help until I find something that improves before they listen to me.
    Awww *hug*, and there was me thinking I have had a hard time of it.

    The Drs I feel are just very reluctant to do anything, apart from prescribe. And it's not until you come back time and time again or take someone with you, it's then they actually decide to get things moving.

    I do hope however they get things moving for you and get to the bottom of it all. Mind me asking, are you on the pill?? As I know the throwing up and nausea is a key thing, with being on it and coming off the pill.
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    Awww *hug*, and there was me thinking I have had a hard time of it.

    The Drs I feel are just very reluctant to do anything, apart from prescribe. And it's not until you come back time and time again or take someone with you, it's then they actually decide to get things moving.

    I do hope however they get things moving for you and get to the bottom of it all. Mind me asking, are you on the pill?? As I know the throwing up and nausea is a key thing, with being on it and coming off the pill.
    Awh thanks *hugs*

    The doctors won't even prescribe anything for me like stronger painkillers or things to help me sleep! It's a joke, all I get told is have some counselling and do more exercise, it'll make you feel better. But how am I meant to exercise when my ME means I don't have the energy to, and it hurts to move?

    Yeah, I am on the pill, but it's been almost 6 months now and the nausea started before that. I wish it was that simple All I want is one day where I don't think I'm going to throw up, or can get out of bed properly and see friends, or not be on so many painkillers I'm a bit out of it
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    Awh thanks *hugs*

    The doctors won't even prescribe anything for me like stronger painkillers or things to help me sleep! It's a joke, all I get told is have some counselling and do more exercise, it'll make you feel better. But how am I meant to exercise when my ME means I don't have the energy to, and it hurts to move?

    Yeah, I am on the pill, but it's been almost 6 months now and the nausea started before that. I wish it was that simple All I want is one day where I don't think I'm going to throw up, or can get out of bed properly and see friends, or not be on so many painkillers I'm a bit out of it
    Yea, stronger painkillers are a no no, as they fear patients will become addicted to them :/. But the OTC stuff doesn't work (IMO) or only mildly masks over the pain. When that's worn off, the pain hits you like a vengeance.

    I had counselling before, well at uni as I was having a hard time with another issue and tbh I didn't find it that great, just an opportunity to cry I found :dontknow:. Maybe try doing gentle walking? ie to the local shops or something, nothing too strenuous and see how you get on??

    Ahh I was going to say perhaps the pill is what has triggered things off. As I know the pill gave me a headache that lasted 6months before it settled, and now I have come off it, im getting headaches that are nauseating. But hopefully it'll all settle in the next couple of weeks.

    Awwww. Are you throwing up everyday??
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    Yea, stronger painkillers are a no no, as they fear patients will become addicted to them :/. But the OTC stuff doesn't work (IMO) or only mildly masks over the pain. When that's worn off, the pain hits you like a vengeance.

    I had counselling before, well at uni as I was having a hard time with another issue and tbh I didn't find it that great, just an opportunity to cry I found :dontknow:. Maybe try doing gentle walking? ie to the local shops or something, nothing too strenuous and see how you get on??

    Ahh I was going to say perhaps the pill is what has triggered things off. As I know the pill gave me a headache that lasted 6months before it settled, and now I have come off it, im getting headaches that are nauseating. But hopefully it'll all settle in the next couple of weeks.

    Awwww. Are you throwing up everyday??
    Yeah, I realise that, but I take 3 or 4 paracetamol at a time and it doesn't work! yeah, I know it's not safe, but it's only when the pain is really bad. Some days I hurt so much I actually can't get out of bed to get the painkillers!

    I'm a bit funny about counselling because my mums a counsellor and my stepdad's been having it for about a year, so I can see how it doesn't help him and I know all about what to expect from them and I just don't want to do it that much. I did promise my boyfriend that once the pain is a bit better then I'll go and get some help because I've suffered from depression for a good three years now and used to have an ED and cut myself (all fixed now thanks to my boyfriend and lots of late night phone calls )

    I do walk as much as I can, but in school I struggle with stairs so I have to use the lifts, and simple things like a 10 minute walk will make me go home and sleep. It's horrible, but I try to do something every day, even if it is just going round the block.

    When I started on the pill I was soooo moody and got headaches, but that's all settled down now. I hated those headaches so I know how you're feeling, it sucks
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    Yeah, I realise that, but I take 3 or 4 paracetamol at a time and it doesn't work! yeah, I know it's not safe, but it's only when the pain is really bad. Some days I hurt so much I actually can't get out of bed to get the painkillers!

    I'm a bit funny about counselling because my mums a counsellor and my stepdad's been having it for about a year, so I can see how it doesn't help him and I know all about what to expect from them and I just don't want to do it that much. I did promise my boyfriend that once the pain is a bit better then I'll go and get some help because I've suffered from depression for a good three years now and used to have an ED and cut myself (all fixed now thanks to my boyfriend and lots of late night phone calls )

    I do walk as much as I can, but in school I struggle with stairs so I have to use the lifts, and simple things like a 10 minute walk will make me go home and sleep. It's horrible, but I try to do something every day, even if it is just going round the block.

    When I started on the pill I was soooo moody and got headaches, but that's all settled down now. I hated those headaches so I know how you're feeling, it sucks
    Oh deary, paracetamol gives me nothing but stomach ache, so I stay away from it. However OTC co codemol, is pretty good - perhaps give that a try?? Have you tried reflexology? that is good for pain relief. I find it's good for settling me down and banishing away some of the pain I am experiencing.

    Yea people say Counselling is good, I personally don't rate it. From my experience I honestly can't tell you how it's help me apart from cry like a **** in front of someone I didn't know. But having a good friend, ie like you've got your bf. is a good person to have around, to help you. Although they might not be counselling in such a manner, it is a good source to have, someone to talk to and etc.

    Are you taking any vitamins??? . . . .
 
 
 
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