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Old 06-19-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
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Getting sick again and again and again and again...

This is my year so far - January, really bad cold, Z-pack after two weeks. February - nothing. March - Sinusitis and Eustachian tube problems, Z-pack and sinus spray (that didn't do much). Never really felt better. April. Flu/infection of some kind. 102 fever and Z-pack again. Still didn't feel better. May. Bronchitis and asthma. Levaquin and asthma medication. My breathing was really really bad, and I only had it back to normal this weekend, and I was already brewing another cold.

I had some blood tests last week but I don't have the results back yet. But while I was there, I asked the doc for a 'just in case' prescription for levaquin, because DH had a bad cold. He's on antibiotics now, but I haven't filled mine yet. I'm holding off on it because I've had way too many already. I figured the odds were pretty much against me, but so far it's 'just a cold'. My question is, how do I know when it goes beyond 'just a cold' and I need to start taking the antibiotic?

I'd also love to know WHY I'm being singled out for so much misery. I never even used to get sick this much when I was a relief teacher facing a fresh room full of kiddy germs every day of the week!
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:14 AM   #2
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Re: Getting sick again and again and again and again...

Mantra to self - 'it's just a cold'. Feeling totally cruddy, and my temp keeps going up to 101. Then I take a tylenol and bring it down for about four hours because I read that you shouldn't medicate a fever till it gets to 101. I very rarely get feverish...
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Re: Getting sick again and again and again and again...

Definitely, letting your body run a little fever is a good way to kill germs. Some sources actually suggest letting it go as high as 102, maybe 103 in children who aren't infants.

It does sound like your body isn't fighting things off well right now, but one thing that might help a little is just really aggressive handwashing. Never touch your face or anything you're going to touch your face with unless your hands are clean. When outside the house, just assume that your hands are contaminated, and wash them once you get home. (I learned these habits while taking crowded public transportation for years.)

 
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Re: Getting sick again and again and again and again...

Now I'm coughing till I throw up... twice today. Soooooooo gross. My chest muscles and back hurt so bad from all the coughing. Not sure why it hurts on the left hand side of my back just below my waist... is there something important there?
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What's in your lower back? Maybe your kidney, but more likely sore muscles from so much coughing. It's hard on the body!

 
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Re: Getting sick again and again and again and again...

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This is my year so far - January, really bad cold, Z-pack after two weeks. February - nothing. March - Sinusitis and Eustachian tube problems, Z-pack and sinus spray (that didn't do much). Never really felt better. April. Flu/infection of some kind. 102 fever and Z-pack again. Still didn't feel better. May. Bronchitis and asthma. Levaquin and asthma medication. My breathing was really really bad, and I only had it back to normal this weekend, and I was already brewing another cold.

I had some blood tests last week but I don't have the results back yet. But while I was there, I asked the doc for a 'just in case' prescription for levaquin, because DH had a bad cold. He's on antibiotics now, but I haven't filled mine yet. I'm holding off on it because I've had way too many already. I figured the odds were pretty much against me, but so far it's 'just a cold'. My question is, how do I know when it goes beyond 'just a cold' and I need to start taking the antibiotic?

I'd also love to know WHY I'm being singled out for so much misery. I never even used to get sick this much when I was a relief teacher facing a fresh room full of kiddy germs every day of the week!
Just want to say hi kaji. I hope you are now feeling better. If you are how long did it take and what did you take?

I also hope that you have not gotten anything else. It appears you have become sick enough for this year.

Well Wishes, Jim

 
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Re: Getting sick again and again and again and again...

I'm over the cold, but still not well. Basic blood tests didn't show any reason for me to keep getting sick, and the lung doctor says I don't have asthma, so I've got to have some more tests. But I expect that they're probably not going to show anything either, and I've just been horribly unlucky.
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Re: Getting sick again and again and again and again...

Sorry to hear your still not 100%. What kind of test are you running? Do any of these test have to do with you immune system?

Most of our sickness happen because our immune system is not 100%, thus we feel not 100%. I personally found supporting my immune system has led to better health for myself. Although what works for one may not work for another, we all of us have an immune system that is designed to do the same thing in all of us, fight intruders.

Just maybe this is a direction for you to look if you haven't yet.

WIshing you well, Jim

 
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Re: Getting sick again and again and again and again...

That's what I'd think myself... but since they're specialists, they want to look at my lungs and my heart. Your very basic blood tests didn't show anything wrong, and the doctor didn't suggest anything more. I'm just hoping I don't get sick AGAIN, but I haven't really been around anybody carrying germs in the last three weeks. I'm feeling better every day, so I think all the tests are a big waste of time and money.
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That's what I'd think myself... but since they're specialists, they want to look at my lungs and my heart. Your very basic blood tests didn't show anything wrong, and the doctor didn't suggest anything more. I'm just hoping I don't get sick AGAIN, but I haven't really been around anybody carrying germs in the last three weeks. I'm feeling better every day, so I think all the tests are a big waste of time and money.
I am sure the tests can help point them down the right road. One symptom may lead a medical professional down many roads. The more symptoms you have the fewer roads it may point too. The tests may eliminate certain roads to more narrow the diagnosis.

I am not a medical professional. Your Doctor is doing the best he/she can.

For your immune health, you might do well to ask; Am I eating right? Does my body get what it needs from what I eat? Do I have any bad health habits? (i.e. use of tobacco, immoderate use of alcohol, drug abuse etc)

I don't know you so you would have to look in the mirror and analyze yourself. Do some reading on the immune system on the net. It is full of good information.

I can only speak for myself, I was getting sick 2-3 times a year. I have always had pretty good health. I asked those questions of me and made some changes. Started taking a product that feeds the immune system. Now I feel better and haven't been sick for almost 2 years. It has helped me so much I have decided to sell it to others who are interested.

I hope your tests come back with results that help your Doctor know what the problem is and be able to treat it.

If you are interested in learning, I would be happy to share with you more of what I have learned and what I have decided to do to help my immune system with no obligation.

Well wishes, Jim

 
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Re: Getting sick again and again and again and again...

I compromised my health from 1999-2008 by working long hours at work. During that process I gained a lot of weight, exercised less, ate a poor diet of mostly processed foods, and shunned the sunlight. As a result I picked up asthma, got bronchitis every year, and picked up colds quite frequently. That was a far cry from my teens where I rarely got sick. Revamping my diet and improving my immune system did the trick. It took 9 months, 50 lbs, routine sun exposure, and better exercise. I haven't had any asthma, no colds, no flu, and no sickness for the past 3 yrs.

I know now that I basically killed off my immune system and had very low levels of vitamin D. A junk food diet and no sunshine is a quick recipe for disaster. Make sure your doctor checks your Vit D 1.25 hydroxy levels. More than likely you will be low. Numerous toxins can attack you and your immune system (household chemicals, drinking water, preservatives, pesticides, bad air, etc.). As we age it's even more important to beef up our immune system by eating healthier and avoiding excess toxins. There's nothing to lose and much to gain by attacking the problem from the diet side.

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