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Constantly getting sick, help!

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  • Posted By: blueopal
  • April 17, 2008
  • 03:41 AM

I'm a 22 year old female. For around the last four to five years I've constantly been picking up viruses, mostly gastro in the summer months and upper respiratory tract infections in the winter months. During the winter I'm sick more often than I'm well, and I'm very lucky to go a month without catching something. Not only is it disruptive for work, uni and life in general, but I'm really worried that it's a sign of something being wrong with my immune system.

Just recently I've had three different upper respiratory tract bugs in the last four weeks, and haven't felt truely well in all that time.

I've spoken to my GP about my concerns but he seems to think that it's because I have slightly enlarged tonsils (apparantly they shrink away to nothing in the teen years) although I'm not especially prone to tonsilitis and never have been. He also says the fact that I get hayfever could make me more prone to infections because it disrupts the mucus linings of the nose and throat, but I've had that since a kid and this never used to happen. He seems to think that immune tests aren't necessary because I'm not prone to things like skin infections or thrush, which he finds surprising given that I'm taking the oral contraceptive pill (for endometriosis if that's at all relevant to this problem) and the number of antibiotics that I'm always on to try and prevent secondary infections. I also have mild Raynaud's phenomenon, which affects my hands and feet.

Other than that I'm healthy. I eat regularly, don't smoke or drink and go to the gym twice a week when I'm well, although because I'm always getting sick it doesn't happen all that regularly.

I would really appreciate any insight into why I'm so prone to picking up bugs, and whether it could be an indicator of an underlying disease. Also any tips on staying healthy would be great! Thanks. :)

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  • I'm a 22 year old female. For around the last four to five years I've constantly been picking up viruses, mostly gastro in the summer months and upper respiratory tract infections in the winter months. During the winter I'm sick more often than I'm well, and I'm very lucky to go a month without catching something. Not only is it disruptive for work, uni and life in general, but I'm really worried that it's a sign of something being wrong with my immune system. Just recently I've had three different upper respiratory tract bugs in the last four weeks, and haven't felt truely well in all that time. I've spoken to my GP about my concerns but he seems to think that it's because I have slightly enlarged tonsils (apparantly they shrink away to nothing in the teen years) although I'm not especially prone to tonsilitis and never have been. He also says the fact that I get hayfever could make me more prone to infections because it disrupts the mucus linings of the nose and throat, but I've had that since a kid and this never used to happen. He seems to think that immune tests aren't necessary because I'm not prone to things like skin infections or thrush, which he finds surprising given that I'm taking the oral contraceptive pill (for endometriosis if that's at all relevant to this problem) and the number of antibiotics that I'm always on to try and prevent secondary infections. I also have mild Raynaud's phenomenon, which affects my hands and feet. Other than that I'm healthy. I eat regularly, don't smoke or drink and go to the gym twice a week when I'm well, although because I'm always getting sick it doesn't happen all that regularly. I would really appreciate any insight into why I'm so prone to picking up bugs, and whether it could be an indicator of an underlying disease. Also any tips on staying healthy would be great! Thanks. :) What is explain is not untypical for average americans. First of all traditional medicine really offers no help or insight in how to support the immune system -certainly drugs do not offer any strenghtening of the immune response -in fact can alter its behavior. Most of the help you are going to find is in the nutritional/holistic thoughts. There are many things that can weaken immune response such as toxins, heavy metals, xenobiotics really anything that God did not create (sorry to get religious) When we put in our bodies the things that "were created good" and not altered by man with toxic pesticides, herbacides, food additives etc. the body will respond. We really weren't designed to be chemicaly engineered in spite of all the marketing that Madison Ave. spills out. There are many nutrients that could be suspect as a deficent state :: the first that comes to mind is Vitamin B6 which happens to support immune function and is Depleted by birth control pills. Vitamins A, b2,b6, b12, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, vitamin C, every protein (amino acid) fatty acids are all supportive of proper immune health. Also I would mention that the gastrointestinal tract is heavily involved in immune response w/ the Peyer's Patches, so getting the GI tract in tune with fibers, probiotics, cleansing and nutritional support would probably be a good idea. I would suggest you read Gary Null's information on nutrition - he has extensive knowledge on nutrition that is valuable and valid. i would also state that there are many herbs that are supportive of immune health and general health as well.
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