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    Terry I wish you a speedy and full recovery. I'm sorry to read of what your going thru and just found this thread today. I have had a few health scares and issues to deal with and am now 62. I have benefited a great deal from this message board and thankyou personally for helping me on at least one occasion. Get well buddy......RichB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Well, I do look better now with the lost weight.

    My daughter had Mono in high school,
    Does that cause problems later on in life?

    I'm hearing a lot about shingles now, the last reminder from a childhood decease. I think I should get shots for that. My older brother got Shingles, and my younger brother.
    I don't like those odds.
    That's 2 out of 7
    Unfortunately, yes it can. Will it? I hope not.

    There are many sites in which you can read about it on.

    Infectious Mononucleosis is the commonest clinical manifestation of EBV infection, either as a primary infection or due to symptomatic reactivation from latency.

    However, EBV contributes to the pathogenesis of several other human diseases including:

    Nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
    Hairy Leukoplakia.

    I would make sure if you to discuss that shingle vaccine first, because I know with any form of lymphoma you can not take it but I am unsure about Colon. Better safe than sorry Terry, ask first.

    If overweight you can look great losing weight but not at 88 pounds, like I was.

    So, you can understand fully about the Mono issue, I was 13 when I had Mono and was extremely sick. When I was 21 years old and on my birthday I developed a kidney stone as an added present ( better than chemo though, lol) Well, at the hospital the doctor came over to me looking very concerned and told me I needed to follow up my bloodwork and told me he thought I had leukemia, he said he saw something in my blood. Well, I told him, it was the arthitis I had since 9 in my knees and he said, " no."

    He made me promise I would seek medical attention. But, I never felt sick and thought this man was crazy. But yet I would bruise very easily.

    So, I never sought medical attention for it. I discussed with my oncologist several years after being diagnosed at age 44, the conversation I had with this other doctor when I was just 21.

    I heard him groan. It was the lymphoma he saw but didn't recognize it and thought it was leukemia the sister of lymphoma.

    I have 2 types of lymphoma. One is indolent which is very slow growing and the other is intermidate, which is just what you would think it. It grows faster than the indolent but not as fast as aggressive like Jackie O died from.

    What spared my life was 2 things. One what he probably saw was the indolent and the intermiate had not caught on yet, plus, I was in tip-top condition, a runner which I started at age 9 for my knees.

    Is it related to the Mono. Terry it is. But, I am here thankfully here and I am a fighter ( ask Orange, lol) so I will be here long enough to learn how to do a flange and glue pipes together, lol. My own dad said I was the most head-strong person he ever met. Good thing too.

    In reality I have had this health problem more than half my life. I am 55 now.

    I have some mileage on me due to it. I got battle scars but I am proud of them.

    You need to tell your daughter Terry so she knows what to watch out for. Lumps, bumps, bruising, fatique, low-grade constant fever, loss of appetite, and if she is lucky she will have one that if it is lymphoma will send her earlier to the doctor not like me.

    I am truly my oncologist's poster child, lol. He is very proud of me. Your daughter just needs to know her body and recognize potential symptoms and she will be fine. My husband always volunteered to check my body for lumps & bumps. He thought I was dumb. lol.

    I am a born worrier so don't be like me, I worry too much about my kids. My advice is to always look up never down.

    Last edited by Cookie; 12-10-2009 at 06:12 PM.

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    My mom got shingles the same exact time David Letterman got them.

    F-n brutal as well as it struck her across the face. Sometimes the pain and misery she went through bothered me more than she ever knew, knowing how much I hated to see her suffer. She didn't deserve that.

    Neurotin was mandatory for comfort in that situation. It lasts weeks most times.
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    I got Shingles last October and I am still getting Shingles off & on. It depends on your immunity system. Mine sucks. They aren't as bad as they were so this is now bearable but Shingles are absolutely horrible and extremely painful. I know your mom's pain. Anyone who can get the vaccine in my opinion SHOULD. Just tell the doctor if you have lymphoma or cancer, or been treated for any kind of cancer. The places like Walgreens and such may not know of this, or ask this and then... ooops. Their is to my knowledge other things too, for instance, you can't be allergic to eggs, I think and some others. If anyone knows the other things maybe, they could post them here. The other things you can't be allergic to when getting the Shingle vaccine.

    I will post here a small picture of my back with shingles. This is not for the faint of heart. I can't even look at it, lol.

    This should make those who can get the shot run for it.

    Ask me if these hurt ...
    Last edited by Cookie; 12-12-2009 at 06:57 PM.

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    If you got something that looks like these, you could have Shingles. The first picture is actually from when they were drying up. The long red thing though, in the second picture about the icky looking stuff is one of my battle scars. The rest I thought at first was from a new laundry soap I started using. Not so. Shingles.

    The most interesting fact is this. You get Shingles wherever you had the chicken pox at on your body. I never knew I had chicken pox so I can't say for sure at all where mine was at, I must had been very young. And, the Shingle virus, which it is, lives in the base of your spine and something activates it.

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    Yes! My son's doctor just called and it is not mono again.
    Now I can go to work in peace and not worry as much.
    Last edited by Cookie; 12-11-2009 at 06:15 AM.

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