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Mononucleosis: Why Am I So Tired?

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of mononucleosis. Learn about why mononucleosis causes patients to feel so tired.

 Mononucleosis: Why Am I So Tired?

The most common signs and symptoms of the mononucleosis are similar to someone who as caught the whooping cough disease. The signs and symptoms start sixteen weeks after entering the body. Some of the signs include:

  • Fatigue: Where an individual feels tired or exhausted, or feels the need to  relax due having no energy. This can rise from doing overworking, sleep deprivation, worrying, feeling bored or not exercising. It is usually a symptom of the disease.
  • Headaches: A headache is also another symptom of mononucleosis disease. A headache is a symptom where the pain is experienced on the part of the head or the neck region. The headaches usually occur as migraines and as cluster headaches or as tension-type headaches. Causes of headaches usually include fatigue, stress, sleep deprivation, medication effects, infections from viruses, the common flu, or head injury. This sign is not a sole indicator of mononucleosis.
  • Sore throat: Sometimes one can have a sore throat that can last for days before a diagnosis is made. This sore throat can be severe at times. A sore throat is a pain or irritation that occurs in the throat. It is commonly observed in acute pharyngitis but sometimes it can be seen as a result of trauma, diphtheria, or another disease. At times, gastroesophageal reflux disease can result in one having stomach acids that rise to the throat, leading to the throat being sore. This symptom needs a medical diagnosis to ascertain it is mononucleosis.
  • Bodily Pain: Muscle aches could also arise due to the virus infection in the body. The pain usually occurs all over the body, causing extreme discomfort. After a few days, the lymph nodes may swell. The lymph nodes are small bean-shaped glands found in the body. They comprise the portion of the lymph system that is meant to transports the lymph fluid and other waste materials all over the body tissues and the circulatory system. Lymph nodes work to filter the fluid passing through it, taking away bacteria and any other virus and other substances that may be harmful to the body. The lymph nodes are mostly felt at the groin, the neck and below the arms of the body.
  • Jaundice: Jaundice is another symptom that can be observed. Jaundice occurs when too much bilirubin is produced where haemoglobin is broken down by the haemoglobin that is circulated in the body. This excess bilirubin that is produced lead the skin, the eyes, and mucus layers on the inner parts of the mouth to appear yellow, since usually the liver is affected. A measles-like skin rash may also appear on the skin. This rash also may be seen once drugs have been taken, especially amoxicillin.

Tiny red spots can also be observed, along with bruises on the mouth. Soreness of the mouth could also indicate the presence of the disease. Seeing a medic is recommended if one has had the signs and symptoms of mono for over a week.

Also, if one has a swollen lymph through the body it could be due to cancer or can aid virus. A ruptured spleen could also result in one developing severe abdominal pains. A constant headache is also cause for attention. And finally, one should seek medical assistance when rashes that appear red with spots are observed on the body, since they could be an indication of meningitis.