So how do you treat it?
The problem with viruses is there’s not much you can do. The immunologist gave me a prescription for 6 months worth of incredibly strong antivirals – 10 days on, 10 days off. He explained that there was only about a 50% chance of these working, depending on whether my cells were splitting or copying each other (they’d only work if they were copying). If those drugs worked then there was a chance of me shaking this off and gradually ramping up the training with a glimmer of hope that I might be fit for June 2016. Was there heck! I gave the pills a good chance but they were actually making me feel worse and after about a month I decided that they were doing more harm than good. It didn’t take a medical expert to make us realise that I was not going to make that Marble Arch start line.
I was recommended that I should see a former GP, Chinese medicine and homeopathic expert who specialises in glandular fever – this chap had helped the referrer’s entire family who had been affected by EBV. Willing to give anything a go to help me recover I drove down with an open mind to Haslemere to see Dr Williams. Yes Chinese medicine techniques do seem unusual and almost illogical to us who have been brought up on modern day science and not to listen to that mumbo jumbo but actually if you think about it those crazy Chinese have been using these methods for two and a half millennia – there must be something in it! I came home with various herbal remedies and natural potions and once I started consuming my daily concoctions, I felt better swiftly. I combined this with fortnightly acupuncture with Dr Curtin at Harley Street – thankfully this was recognised as legitimate treatment by my health insurers!
This has been my first encounter with acupuncture and it’s really not how I imagined it would be. The needles go in my feet, legs, hands and the top of my head – doesn’t sound relaxing but that is exactly what it is. It’s easy to fall asleep in the 20 minute period whist these little pricks are in you. My initial session, the doctor focussed on my organs that would have been hit hardest by the Glange, mainly my liver. The first needle he puts in my left foot, I couldn’t feel a thing. When the second needle went in the same spot but on my right foot, I felt a sharp pain. When I asked why he said because the liver is on the right side of my body – now I started to believe in the power of these little needles. They say you should never drive a vehicle after acupuncture and I can see why. After that first session I was completely shagged, and struggled even with a walk and a tube home! I slept well that night and the next day felt that little bit better.
Both doctors can see a huge improvement in me and interestingly when they first saw me, they both said separately that I had another 4/5 months to go and should be feeling back to normal in August or so. I’ve got one more acupuncture session booked in and that should be the last one, as my pulse is much more regular than what it was. I’m still seeing my Chinese medicine doctor as EBV is still effecting me and both my glands around my neck and my groin are still swollen – but I am 10 times better than what I was. Now I just need to avoid the booze and slowly increase exercise levels but crucially not overexerting myself and hopefully I’ll be back in business by the end of the summer.