About 3 months ago I got ill while on holiday in Spain. I reside in Australia and have had all my immunizations as far as I know. I was originally treated for fevers, night sweats and a single enlarged lymph node in my right groin by a GP in Spain. With a course of antibiotics, anti inflammotories and a declotting agent he put me on the flight back to Sydney telling me I had to do blood tests back home if things didn't change. On the flight back I developed nausea and the other lymph node in my groin swoll up.
I got back and headed straight to a GP for blood tests. The tests showed that I was both infected with a viral
and a bacterial infection, (high neutrophils and monocytes
) with the test results also showing 'mild mononucleosis' but also my indicators for a bacterial infection being 'through the roof' according to my GP. Glandular fever was suspected but in additional tests I showed antibodies
I was prescribed another antibiotic agent however the lymph node on the right side of my groin would not go down despite the one on the left side having gone down. An ultrasound was ordered which showed what 'might be an infected node with multiple other reactive nodes' and inflammatory change in the adjacent fat.
On basis of this test I was referred to an infectious disease specialist in the hospital who tested me for everything from an HIV infection to cat scratch disease. I came back with a CMV infection however he was convinced this was not the source of my enlarged lymph node, which had been swollen for 6 weeks by that stage and had now developed a red rash over it too.
A lymph node biopsy was ordered however I never got conclusive results from this. The specialist said that it sometimes takes time for bacteria to develop in a lab and prescribed me Clindacymin which I think he did because he talked about a Staph infection getting stuck in the lymph nodes from day dot. But correct me if I'm wrong. He never followed up saying that a colleague was gonna take care of it as he'd be on holiday but I never received an invitation to a follow up. However the lymph node did go down after the Cleocin so I figured I was better myself.
However I have been perpetually exhausted over the past few months, sometimes sleeping 22 hours a day for no apparent reason and have lost my job in the meantime due to having to call in sick regularly over the past 3 months. I suffer from bouts of nausea regularly to the point of throwing up, however I don't know if this related or due to my bipolar 1/social anxiety
and being stressed for not making it into work. I do get nauseated from stress sometimes which in this context would make sense but I have been off any bipolar meds for 2 years and have not had any related episodes or anxiety apart from being stressed not living up to my responsibilities at work lately due to being so exhausted.
I'm afraid to return to the GP as I feel I'm hassling them after exhausting such a huge battery of tests. I would just like a second opinion. Is this CMV mononucleosis due to a CMV infection or an unresolved bacterial infection that is still festering somewhere? Or am I letting my anxieties get the better of me?