I have been sick with mononucleosis for 5 weeks. During my 3rd week of illness, I tried to stand up and walk around for a couple minutes when I woke up in the morning. After about 10 minutes I passed out. I have gotten over the worst of my mono and I am able to move around a little more freely and get back into my normal life but I have lost a ton of fat and specifically muscle. After about 30 minutes I get achey and shakey. I don't want to head back into things full force right away because I do not want to put myself at risk for fainting again, but my new school semester starts January 9th and I want to be strong enough to handle campus life again. How can I start to train my body to get back into things like walking around and living normally, and how can i regain muscle without exercising? I cannot exercise because I am at risk for rupturing my spleen.
Katie, when I was 16 I had mono and was sick for over a month too. You will be very weak for a while but with time you will feel better. DONT PUSH YOURSELF WHATEVER YOU DO!!! You are at risk for relapsing, not to mention your spleen. You just need to slowly try to get back into your normal routine. First of all try sitting up for most of the day rather than laying in bed. If you really feel overwhelmed with the need for a nap though, then take one. Listen to your body. Mono is a very taxing illness and if you try to push too hard you will prolong the illness. you may not feel back to "normal" for 3-6 months maybe longer. Be sure that you eat plenty of protein food sources to help rebuild muscle. You dont want to start exercising just yet. Just try to slowly get back to doing what you normally do, take rest breaks when you feel you need to and listen to your body. Soon you will start to feel like your old self, you just may find that for a while you tire easier than usual. You are young and you should bounce back fairly well just dont try to do too much too fast. Eat right and get plenty of rest. All the best! Dzoo
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