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    I was diagnosed with glandular fever Monday, after the results of a blood test. I'm not coping very well. I'm 18 and have my exams starting in a months time, a holiday in July, and starting a full time job and driving lessons the week after that. For the last week I have been on total rest, barely leaving the house. The bit I can't cope with is my throat. It began to feel severely painful Tuesday, and has been that way for 5 days now. I can't eat or drink, can barely swallow my own saliva without having to grimace. It is absolute torture. Sometimes I get like an hour window in the day where it's bearable and I eat as much as I can. But I've been taking so much to help; paraceptemol, ibruprofen, meltlets and throat spray. But nothing seems to work consistently. I feel like giving up, what's the point if nothing's working. As you can guess it's really dragging me down, and I was just wondering if anyone knows how long I should expect to suffer with this unbearable throat. On the NHS website it says a sore throat should be 3-5 days but I just feel hopeless, like its never going to go. I really don't want to fall into depression, but struggling to find a way to cope with it all. If anyone has any advice or information it would be much appreciated! Thank you
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    I was diagnosed with glandular fever Monday, after the results of a blood test. I'm not coping very well. I'm 18 and have my exams starting in a months time, a holiday in July, and starting a full time job and driving lessons the week after that. For the last week I have been on total rest, barely leaving the house. The bit I can't cope with is my throat. It began to feel severely painful Tuesday, and has been that way for 5 days now. I can't eat or drink, can barely swallow my own saliva without having to grimace. It is absolute torture. Sometimes I get like an hour window in the day where it's bearable and I eat as much as I can. But I've been taking so much to help; paraceptemol, ibruprofen, meltlets and throat spray. But nothing seems to work consistently. I feel like giving up, what's the point if nothing's working. As you can guess it's really dragging me down, and I was just wondering if anyone knows how long I should expect to suffer with this unbearable throat. On the NHS website it says a sore throat should be 3-5 days but I just feel hopeless, like its never going to go. I really don't want to fall into depression, but struggling to find a way to cope with it all. If anyone has any advice or information it would be much appreciated! Thank you
    I don't really know what to suggest with the throat thing, it sounds like you're trying the right things (except cold drinks could be one?) and google can probably tell you more than me. What I would say is take it easy- even when that's hopefully settled down then the fatigue's likely to still be there and you need to work back up gradually. Saying this from experience after a similar illness and ending up with CFS which trust me you don't want! If needs be you can retake exams next year or get a different job later on or whatever- I know it's not ideal and hopefully it won't come to that but your health is far more important.
 
 
 
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