What is glandular fever? Why would my client still feel the effects one year after she had it, and do you have any advice regarding her program?
Glandular fever is another name for mononucleosis or mono. Mono is an infection that stems from the Epstein-Barr virus. It swells your glands and makes you feel tired and over worked. Mono usually runs its course through the body in about a month. The danger of working out or exerting energy when one has mono is a ruptured spleen. The spleen is located in the upper left quadrant above the stomach. When it enlarges, it can be pressed against the rib cage and even rupture in some instances. The aftermath of having mono is that it leaves the individual both mentally and physically exhausted. There have been many cases of individuals who suffered from mono contracting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome resembles mono because the individual becomes overly tired and has a distinct loss of appetite. We call it Chronic Fatigue because individuals will suffer from intermittent bouts of fatigue and then have times where they have no effects, possibly for the rest of their lives.
The flip side to your client's issue is that feeling tired is very common. In fact, Dr. Ruth Livingstone of Stamford, UK states that “one in five men and one in three women will say they feel tired most of the time.” She goes on to state that only a few people suffer from Myalgic Encephalitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
We can only address questions that seek to educate, not diagnose and/or prescribe for a client medical condition. You should ask your client's medical practitioner for specific guidelines on exercise before commencing any program. Here are some general comments on this condition, which may or may not apply to your client’s condition.
- Work on the client’s food strategy.
- Implement a stress reduction exercise regime.
- Always listen to the way the client feels.
- Include the cardio workout inside of your resistance routine. You mentioned she only seems to get those feelings while doing cardio training. Cardio training just means you are bringing up the heart rate to an expressed level for a set amount of time. We can do this throughout the resistance training routine by shortening the rest period, lightening the load and monitoring the heart rate for an extended time while she does her resistance training. Sometimes the client is so mentally fatigued by the actual cardio training that she may "feel" tired just thinking about it!