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Recurrent Bronchitis: Related to Stress and/or Menstruation?

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  • Posted By: deadlysauce
  • April 14, 2007
  • 08:19 PM

I am coming down with the 2nd bout of bronchitis of 2007, and I'm getting fed up. I got this same bronchitis (1 day of a tickley/phlemy upper chest, then 2 weeks of cough and sometimes laryngitis) February, May, and December of 2006. Before that, I never got a cold or cough more than once, and it never bothered me too much. I just have a feeling that it's not a coincidence that every time a cold/bronchitis thing goes around I get it, when my friends in the dorm don't all get it. I even slept in a different room this week while my roommate was sick. I noticed that I seem to get sick (these past three times at least) about a week after I'm REALLY stressed out, and then the stress is suddenly lifted. Also, I happen to get my period the week the stress is lifted. I'm thinking that stress does something to hormones and/or the immune system, and maybe menstruation does too? I just don't know what I can do to keep myself from getting sick every month or so. At this rate, I'll get sick in May/June and be alright for the summer, and then in late fall it will start again (this seems to be the pattern for colds/URIs.)

All I really get is a post-nasal drip sort of feeling in the lower part of my throat (not behind my nose) and a tickley-heavy feeling in the very upper part of my chest (centered, below my collarbones, down to my heart area) that makes me cough, and I get a sandy-phlemy cough that's not very productive for the first day or 2. Then a very persistant cough for about 1.5-2 weeks. Then it dries up and goes away. I have no asthma or other respiratory problems that I know of, so that's why I have no idea why I get worried when I keep getting sick.

Help? Any insight or advice would be great. I'm trying to up my vitamin C intake all the time, so I can possibly prevent illness, but I feel like I'm missing something here.

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  • I have no idea if the person who wrote this thread is going to receive a notification of this reply. I just wanted to let you know that I suffer with the same thing, recurring bronchitis particularly around the time of my period or when I've been stressed out. I live in Ireland so the climate is cold enough and is damp in Autumn/Winter and sometimes Spring.I think it happens around the time of my period as that is the time when I am the most uptight. I wonder whether it doesn't have to do with having a lack of vitamins around this time also. The doctors don't seem to have a conclusive response. All I have been told is to control my stress and sleep and eat well. I have also done a chest x-ray and am being sent for blood tests (both for the second time). I don't suffer from asthma either. My Dr. had suggested this as a reason Perhaps we could help each other out and exchange information? If I find out anything more I'll let you know. If you could return the favour then that would be great. Thank you in advance for your helpKind regards :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2010
    • 10:21 PM
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  • I am coming down with the 2nd bout of bronchitis of 2007, and I'm getting fed up. I got this same bronchitis (1 day of a tickley/phlemy upper chest, then 2 weeks of cough and sometimes laryngitis) February, May, and December of 2006. Before that, I never got a cold or cough more than once, and it never bothered me too much. I just have a feeling that it's not a coincidence that every time a cold/bronchitis thing goes around I get it, when my friends in the dorm don't all get it. I even slept in a different room this week while my roommate was sick. I noticed that I seem to get sick (these past three times at least) about a week after I'm REALLY stressed out, and then the stress is suddenly lifted. Also, I happen to get my period the week the stress is lifted. I'm thinking that stress does something to hormones and/or the immune system, and maybe menstruation does too? I just don't know what I can do to keep myself from getting sick every month or so. At this rate, I'll get sick in May/June and be alright for the summer, and then in late fall it will start again (this seems to be the pattern for colds/URIs.) All I really get is a post-nasal drip sort of feeling in the lower part of my throat (not behind my nose) and a tickley-heavy feeling in the very upper part of my chest (centered, below my collarbones, down to my heart area) that makes me cough, and I get a sandy-phlemy cough that's not very productive for the first day or 2. Then a very persistant cough for about 1.5-2 weeks. Then it dries up and goes away. I have no asthma or other respiratory problems that I know of, so that's why I have no idea why I get worried when I keep getting sick. Help? Any insight or advice would be great. I'm trying to up my vitamin C intake all the time, so I can possibly prevent illness, but I feel like I'm missing something here.********when you have your period, your immune system is vulnerable.which means you're open to catch sore throats and colds around period time. the post nasal drip you experience is draining into your lungs, causing bronchitis. over a 20 year period, i was suffering from bronchitis at least twice a year. until i went to the cleveland clinic and was told how to avoid getting it. they told me to watch for any sign of post nasal drip, even if there's no soar throat. when i'm getting that yucky dripping sensation down my throat, i take a couple echinacea, which boosts my immune system and knocks the dripping right out. it's worked for the last 8 years, i've only had it twice during that time, only because i ran out of echinacea and really had faith that i wouldn't get it again, but boy i was wrong!
    neenyteeny 4 Replies
    • December 11, 2010
    • 02:21 PM
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  • I have no idea if the person who wrote this thread is going to receive a notification of this reply. I just wanted to let you know that I suffer with the same thing, recurring bronchitis particularly around the time of my period or when I've been stressed out. I live in Ireland so the climate is cold enough and is damp in Autumn/Winter and sometimes Spring.I think it happens around the time of my period as that is the time when I am the most uptight. I wonder whether it doesn't have to do with having a lack of vitamins around this time also. The doctors don't seem to have a conclusive response. All I have been told is to control my stress and sleep and eat well. I have also done a chest x-ray and am being sent for blood tests (both for the second time). I don't suffer from asthma either. My Dr. had suggested this as a reason Perhaps we could help each other out and exchange information? If I find out anything more I'll let you know. If you could return the favour then that would be great. Thank you in advance for your helpKind regards :)please read my response to the above.....your immune system is low during your periods. some get sore throats, colds, bronchitis. best way to fight it off is to take something immediately*, like vitamins -zinc, and/or like i take, echinacea, an herb that boosts your immune system, you can find it in any store, it's relatively inexpensive, like $5 for 100. but you have to be in tune with your symptoms, you have to catch it at onset or you'll be suffering for the next several weeks. *echinacea is meant to be taken at 8 wk intervals, with a few weeks off in between, since it does boost your immune system, it's effect diminishes and you have to let your own immune system work itself back up, that's why you should only take it for only 8 wks at a time. hope this helps ya!:)
    neenyteeny 4 Replies
    • December 11, 2010
    • 03:03 PM
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