Athletics and Mono
Three or four weeks ago I was diagnosed with a mild to medium cause of Mononucleosis. To give you an idea of how mild, my symptoms included:
-Extremely sore throat
-Swollen Lymph Nodes (Neck pain)
-Slight fever (around 99 degrees)
-Sleeping up to 12 to 15 hours a day.
-Loss of Appetite
However, with all this I lacked a swollen spleen, which I told is uncommon, but not unheard of, as mono affects everyone differently.
A little history about me... I am an amateur bodybuilder and Mixed Martial Artist of three years. I don't compete, but I train two times a week in MMA and workout five times a week, giving myself two rest days a week. However after being diagnosed, and a little before it, I stopped working out. I think it's going to be two months tomorrow that I haven't worked out.
The reason I ask is because my doctor "cleared" me to workout again, and so I attempted to do a workout today, and failed miserably. Not an extreme workout like I'm used to, but not a mild one either. I didn't really trust him, because I've heard rumors of mono still affecting people months after they're diagnosed. However I did feel fine, I've been on antibiotics for about three weeks now, all of my symptoms returned to normal and I felt 100% better for the most part. I got about halfway through my workout and I felt horrible. Suddenly I was / had...
-Weak in the legs
-Uneasy stomach feeling
-Difficulty breathing / swallowing
-No energy remaining, desire to lay down and pass out (or at the time I was thinking... I needed a "nap." @_@)
I sat for about 15 minutes before I had the strength to stand again, I had brought my brother with me to watch out for me just in case something like this had happened. I checked for hydration via pinch test (even though I know I had been drinking plenty of water) and I was indeed hydrated.
Looking back it's pretty clear it was a stupid idea. We don't need to be attacking me for it, I realize it, and I'll be chatting with my doctor again. But what I want to know (before I talk to my doctor, preferably) is if this happened because of Mononucleosis, or just a bad return to working out? Why?