I just was at the clinic this morning for a throat culture. I thought I had strep throat. The entire length of my tonsil is white. Normally I get some white patches but not this! My throat culture was negative for strep. He didn't mention it but I know they keep checking it over 48 hours to see if it will turn positive. What surprised me was that the doc kept talking about mono, checked my stomach for inlarged, swollen organs (due to mono), and said that my throat looked like a "mono throat". I already had mono at age 31. It wasn't a very severe case but over the following yr or two, i never felt like I had my energy back. I think getting mono was ONE of the contributing factors to me getting fibro. I had all kinds of triggers. Major surgery, mono, death of a close friend,car accident, and lots of stress!!!! anyone else have mono more than once? how about after you got fibro? or CFS? Doc didn't check my blood for mono because he thought it would be too early since the sore throat just started Thursday night.... I wonder if I have chronic epstein barr virus?