Archive for the Epstein-Barr virus

Glandular fever update #9

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , , on September 25, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

It has now been a year since I first started with a sore throat and generally feeling unwell, which led to tonsillitis and then glandular fever being confirmed by blood tests in later October. It has been a challenging year health wise and the various forums have been a help. I also started a Facebook page to help people with GF or after help for a member of their family who may have it.

I am much better now than this time last year thankfully, although I do know that stress can trigger some of the GF symptoms to come back. One of the most unusual ones I had was my tongue feeling like it was burning and/or wants to turn in on itself – of that makes sense! My neck glands start to get redder as well, bit like a red Incredible Hulk in miniature 🙂

My biggest bugbear is the medical websites make GF sound like it is a nasty illness but only for a few weeks, when in fact for many it can last months and sometimes years. I also hear stories of those who recovered in a week or two, not sure I believe that as you need a blood test to actually show GF/Epstein-Barr virus is present.

I am doing the Couch To 5K to get back into running and get my old fitness levels back. It is tough going and some days I am exhausted, although it is now a case of remembering how I felt before GF as everyone has days when they feel tired and not up for doing much. I keep taking my daily vitamins and rest when my body says it wants one. I have had one bad relapse to date and the support of my lovely family and friends helps a lot.

Walk All Over Cancer update

Posted in Cancer Research UK, Fundraising, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on March 3, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Day three of ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ which you have to aim to do 10,000 steps per day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The fundraising is up to £145 which is really good. A BIG thank you to all our sponsors to date.

It is fun, but tough, doing 10,000 steps per day as I am still recovering from glandular fever  (GF) which comes back if I do too much. However, these relapses are not as bad as the early days with GF. I still take daily vitamins (including echinacea which I’d recommend), avoid caffeine and drinking plenty of water. I do give in to the odd cake and sugar treat 🙂

Water is good for flushing the Epstein-Barr virus out of your system. General advice is to drink at least eight large glasses of water a day.

GF seems to affect a lot of young athletes like Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and promising young golfer Amber Ratcliffe. They all go on to full recovery, so if you currently have GF take heart as you will recover it just takes time and a sensible balance of rest and gradually increasing your activity levels.