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Worried Over Nothing?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 26, 2007
  • 11:17 PM

I hope nobody minds, but I'm not really sure if I have something to worry about or not, so I thought I'd see if I could get some opinions on this...

I was diagnosed with shingles maybe three months or so before I turned 28 (male). The doctor told me this was rare in my age group, but I was medicated for it and it went away. I'm told that Herpes Zoster usually reactivates as a result of a temporarily weakened immune system due to another condition. I had the flu a month or two before, so I figured that made sense.

What concerns me is since then, I seem to be coming down with things more often than ever I did beforehand. I'm about 4 months away from being 29 now, and I've had two conditions in the last two months that doctors wouldn't give me a straight explanation on. The first was in October. I had to take a few days off of work for an infection that caused extremely painful sores in my throat, making swallowing and at times breathing very uncomfortable. I was prescribed a numbing agent and told it would go away, which it did in a few days.

The second I'm curently suffering from. I have all the symptoms of infuenza except for nausea and a fever. I had a flu booster a few weeks ago (my first ever), so I assumed it was some sort of residual from that. I was told I did not have a virus, nor did I have pneumonia--rather, something 'behaving like a bacterial infection'. Again--a few days off of work and this time, antibiotics. The doctor told me he ruled out a virus because (and forgive me if I'm saying this wrong as I'm not sure I understand, and I was a little out of it when I was actually speaking with him) something having to do with my lymph nodes was a little 'low'.

Yeah, these are probably little nothing problems, but never before this past year have I come down with things this frequently. Typically I get the flu every other year, and that's about it as far as infections--bacterial, viral, or otherwise. Given the instance of shingles, I'm wondering if there isn't something going on with my immune system.

Maybe I'm worrying over nothing. All the same, does anybody have any input on this? I'd be very greatful!

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  • The shingles may be totally stressing out your system. Try some lauricidin:www.lauricidin.com http://www.lauricidin.com/herpes_zoster_shingles.aspStudy diet and nutrition...Not to worry you, but have you had a recent HIV and hepatitis C blood test? If you continue to feel poorly, I would insist on further investigation of possible causes with more blood work for named diseases and viruses. If you get any more of the sores, see if you can get them analyzed with lab work, so you know what they are. I would be upset with the throat sores..but that could just be the shingles, too.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • December 27, 2007
    • 08:33 PM
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  • You are right that your immune system is compromised. Please look into holistic ways to boost up your system. There are many different things to try: herbal, supplements, etc. I personally recommend taking good quality digestive enzymes and probiotics to help your digestive system, which is the root of the immune system. If your digestion is working well, then your immune system will be strong. Antibiotic use ravages your digestion, and this creates impaired immunity. Olive Leaf extract, power mushrooms like Reishi, Eleuthero ginseng, astragalus, Wild oregano oil...these all can help boost up immunity. Best thing is to find a qualified acupuncturist, naturopath, chiropractor who specializes in immune dysfunction. But start with enzymes and probiotics, because if you are not assimilating your food successfully no amount of supplementation will help. Read Dr. Ellen Cutler, DC and her books on healing. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • December 29, 2007
    • 02:52 AM
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  • Thank you all for the informative replies. To answer the reply from Monsterlove, I had a test for that shortly after the shingles episode. I'm currently in a monogamous relationship with my wife, and though she had no partners before me, I had quite a few, though I haven't been with anybody else in about six years. That was a long time ago, but it was worth checking. It came out negative. I never thought to check for hepatitis C, what effect would that have...?Also, the second instance of sores was in my throat. They were excruciating since they would rub together whenever I would swallow, and the doctor took a three second look at them before prescribing that painkiller (only) medication and telling me it would just go away on its own. I've never heard of an episode of shingles behaving like that...I didn't even consider it might be a reoccurance, if that's what you're saying?I've never heard of Lauricidin before either, but I will be sure to investigate those links, and thank you for that.In response to acuann, though I have in the past had a good immune system (at least I believe I have, given I never used to contract things this frequently), I have always had a weak stomach. I used to work for an insurance company, and I had to quit that job due to the stress. I've always had a very mild case of acid reflux, but during this job, I began to suffer from a significant increase in the severity of this due to the stress, and though the doctors told me I was also lactose intolerant, that problem went away completely when I quit the job, and the acid reflux went back down to a mild, very occassional thing.I don't know if it means anything, but in the past six or seven years, I've had to progressively reduce or remove completely certain items from my diet for the effect they now have on my stomach. The most notable is soda. Up to my very early 20's, I could drink several cans a day without a problem. Now I can barely stomach carbonated drinks at all, and since I barely ever drink them as a result, I decided to cut caffiene almost entirely out of my diet (I hate coffee anyway), and now I stay away from soda both for that reason and the caffiene headaches. A fair number of spicy foods have had to go, too, and even an overabundance of iced-tea can give me stomach issues (though it has to be several glasses over the course of a day for that to happen). I mostly just drink water and mild teas now. To me, all that makes it sound like I might indeed have a digestion problem as well.I will look into everything that has been suggested. Thanks everybody for your input!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 29, 2007
    • 02:52 PM
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  • As always, great advice from acuann. If interested, may be able to refer you to a local or semi-local professional if interested. I do know a few in different areas.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 30, 2007
    • 06:22 PM
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  • if you get that in your throat again, insist on a scraping to analyze it. I think the lauricidin will help with a couple of your problems...it could be that you create too much acid resulting the the sores...I don't know...I think hepatitis should be a routine blood test in sexually active people. Getting one before jumping into any other relationship is just cautionary. Maybe you need a complete blood workup with a cbc...have him check for other viruses and diseases..
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 03:38 AM
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