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About 7 weeks ago I had a sore throat with pus on my tonsils…

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About 7 weeks ago I had a sore throat with pus on my tonsils with no other symptoms. I went to the doctor and was told it was not strep. Within the first week my throat was getting better on its own prior to the doctor visit. I was given antibiotics anyway but it did not do much as there was still pus on my tonsils with occasional soreness. I waited to see if it would just go away which is started to. A few days ago I became really tired and the lymph nodes in my neck became large and tender along with fevers. I went back and was re tested for strep (negative) and blood tests for mono. Turned out my vca-igm antibody was very high. Atypical lymphocytes also high as well with no elevation of WBC count. I was told I have mono. My question is, is what I was experiencing before with the onset of the sore throat over a month ago something separate from the mono I was just diagnosed with or was it the mono? I was concerned it could have possibly been a bacterial infection that never went away.
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No this was classic mono.

I'm actually shocked they didn't test for it sooner

You had classic mono

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Thank you, ***** ***** is possible that my symptoms became worse almost two months after that sore throat? I did not realize mono can get worse over that long period of time.

absolutely!

Mono can last for months

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