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Glandular fever diagnosis

My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with glandular fever about 8 weeks ago. She is studying for her GCSEs but is really struggling with fatigue. Is there anything that could help? When should she start feeling better?

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The answer

1 in every 10 people with glandular will develop a period of prolonged fatigue which if she has not recovered after 2-3 weeks can last for six months or longer.

There is no quick fix when it comes to fatigue. Common recommendations include; shorter periods of revision; regular rest breaks; healthy diet; short periods of exercise; restful sleep.

She needs to structure her day well factoring in a balance between revision and rest. As this is a prolonged period of fatigue it is recommended she see her GP as she may need an even more structured approach to rehabilitation. We have attached 2 links via the NHS choices website to give a more in depth look at glandular fever and a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome which can be linked directly with glandular fever.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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