Case study: A Promising Turning Point

From the IHO & CAM practitioner newsletter, November 2017

Glandular fever and intravenous vitamin C

This is the story of a previously well 18 year old high school student who attended our clinic with lingering symptoms of fatigue, nausea, daily headaches and loss of appetite 4 weeks after becoming unwell. Her swollen glands had reduced significantly. A throat swab 3 weeks earlier was negative but with positive glandular fever serology VCA IgM, VCA IgG, EBNA IgG. The timing of her acute glandular fever was not clear from these bloods, but clinically her symptoms were typical of glandular fever, and the pathologist noted that recent acute infection could not be ruled out.

She was a school prefect, a sportswoman – and due to sit mock exams in 2 weeks time. She had one week off school, and had been trying to attend part-time over the last 3 weeks but any increased exertion or study worsened her fatigue. She felt there was minimal improvement over the previous 2 weeks.

Over the next 2 weeks the student had 4 x IV vitamin C infusions of 25 grams. After the second vitamin C infusion she reported a dramatic improvement in energy, and complete resolution of headaches. Two weeks after starting IV vitamin C she was back at school fulltime, able to sit her mock exams, and had also managed 2-3 sessions at the gym with mild post-exertional fatigue. She had a further 2 x IV vitamin C infusions of 25 grams over the next 2 weeks. 6 weeks after attending the Integrated Health Options clinic she continues to do very well.

Although we cannot attribute the patient’s marked improvement to IV vitamin C alone, she feels the biggest improvement came 4 days after starting IV vitamin C infusions. In our experience, for those patients with lingering symptoms after acute glandular fever or other viral illnesses, IV vitamin C can be an effective treatment to support recovery.