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Strep x3 or Mono?

As you may have read in this post, 1 month ago I was hospitalized at MGH for adrenal insufficiency as a result of 2 different strep infections.  2 weeks later, I was at my PCP's office after the sore throat returned.  I finished the 2nd course of antibiotics just a few days ago, and this afternoon, the sore throat came back.

I called my doctor's office and spoke to one of the nurses who suggested I come in for a mono test tomorrow.  The symptoms of mono and strep are similar, and as a result of having no adrenal glands, I am always more exhausted than the usual healthy 26 year old.  They tested me for mono at MGH in January, but it may have been too soon for a positive test, or this could be a new infection.

Getting sick all the time is frustrating and exhausting.  I have spent the month sleeping all day on my days off (today I only got out of bed at 2pm, I have to sneak that rest in whenever I can!) and in the rest of my free time, I go to doctors appointments.  The next few weeks will be especially busy, with respiratory/speech therapy for my vocal cord dysfunction, neurology and endocrine follow ups, and likely a surgical consult for my parathyroid glands.  Of course, to HAVE surgery I need to be free of infection, so I'm hoping it's just strep that can't get out of my body and they can give me an antibiotic to finally kick it.


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