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Can I exercise while suffering from Mono? Have only sore throat and swollen lymph node

I just found out I have mono, can I exercise? I m a 24 year old female. My main symptom was a sore throat--that s the only reason I went to the doctor because I thought it was strep . In total, the only symptoms I ve had include a really sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. I have NOT had a fever, headache, body aches, fatigue , or nausea . The doctor told me I did NOT have a swollen spleen or liver . I ve been really exercising and trying to get into shape. I ve started running. I m doing a fitness bootcamp in the morning 3 days a week--mainly circuit training--lots of cardio and some strength (8 lb dumb bells at the most). And I ve been going to spinning and some cardio step or kickboxing classes. I LOVE GOING!!!! Everyone is telling me I should not exercise at all and get some rest. I feel absolutely fine though. I got some steroids for my throat, which was what was bothering me the most. It s completely fine now and I don t feel ANY different than normal. I ve actually been up longer than normal today and am fine! Not tired at all. The doctor told me to avoid contact sports, which is obvious and we don t do anything in my classes that involve contact of any type that would endanger my spleen or liver. I also read that the older you are, the weaker the symptoms. The doctor said that some people aren t affected at all by symptoms and don t even know that they have mono. I really want to continue my classes since I love going to them, have nothing else to do (I teach and it s summer vacation) and I already paid for them! I think that since I feel fine and take it one day at a time and listen to my body, then I should be fine. If I become fatigued, I will stop. Do you think it s fine to exercise as long as I feel fine and monitor it daily?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Jun 2012
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You and the Dr treating you are absolutely right. Mononucleosis may not present with all the symptoms. If the Dr has diagnosed it as mono then it is best to avoid contact sports. Your routine exercises can be done provided that they are not too vigorous and make you strain.Listen to your body and make sure you eat healthy. Take it easy for a week and then you can get back to normal.

I hope you found my response to be helpful and informative. If you have any additional concerns I would be happy to address them.

Dr Divya
Answered: Thu, 28 Jun 2012
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