He has headaches, is lethargic, not much of an appetite, stomach pains(maybe bec he isn't eating well), As time goes on he started to feel that he has a hard time concentrating-brain fuzz. He can't be in any structured setting like school or camp for more that 2-3 hours before he feels ill. The primary doctor said it can take 1-2 years. We tried vitamins, alternative medicines, but nothing is helping. His July blood work still had a high result for his CMV virus. He and myself-his Mom- are frustrated. Is there any medicine or doctor that specializes in this virus? Is it better to push him or just let him relax all day at home? He doesn't need to sleep-just rest. He is normally an easy going, non stressed kid. About 2 years ago he had a low iron count which had no symptoms. We treated this with iron supplements and that problem is gone. Is there a relationship between the two? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
A dr who specializes in infectious diseases might be worth looking into but these viruses generally just need to run their course and yes, it can take months to years for his energy to return fully. Do not push him to recover or allow him to push himself. This can cause a relapse. He should rest when he needs to. His having been anemic may have let him get run down and that could have made him more susceptible to the virus. Stomach pains can also be due to the spleen being enlarged. EBV can cause the spleen to enlarge which causes upper abdominal pain. If the spleen is enlarged he must be careful to avoid any rough housing or play because he could rupture the spleen. Ask the Dr to tell you once his spleen is down enough for him to continue into Sports activities. Most of his symptoms are pretty typical for these viruses. I know it is frustrating waiting for this virus to run its course especially when he is at this age. I was sixteen when I went through this. I missed about three weeks of school initially and then missed quite a bit here and there over the next two years because of the fatigue and being susceptible to catching every other illness that I came into contact with in my weakened state. Home schooling for a while might not be a bad option so he does not push himself like he would if he does go back to school.
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