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SheTiger68
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   Posted 1/25/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Does having FM make us more susceptible to develop other ailments or develop them more easily? I only ask because I also have HS (hidradinitis suppurativa) that has mostly been under control for a couple of years. But in the last year I am having more outbreaks, and the one I'm experiencing now has lasted almost 2 months, which is abnormally long for me. Plus, I came down with a cold a couple of weeks ago, and within a week it developed into pneumonia. I was diagnosed with pneumonia last Thursday, and I'm almost out of my antibiotic, Levoquin, but don't feel much better. The last time I had pneumonia I was six years old. And while I've had bronchitis too many times in my life to even count, I never counted on getting pneumonia. I go back for a follow up chest X-ray in the morning, and was told I can't return to work until the X-ray comes back clear. The doctor also informed me last week that now that I've had adult pneumonia, I am at high risk for re-occurance, especially with my health history.
I don't know if she meant my previous bout with pneumonia as a child, that landed me in the hospital for 4 days, if it's because of the infection I fight with my HS, or from FM. I don't want to be paranoid about getting pneumonia again every time I get the sniffles. Does anyone else find they come down with other stuff more readily because of what FM does to us? Or am I making a mountain out of a molehill?
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I must say Shannon, in my experiences, no, I have not gotten anything else because of my Fibro.. maybe the doctor did mean your history with pneumonia or the infection from your HS.. OR maybe we are more susceptible to things with Fibro, I really don't know, I was only recently diagnosed with it and so far have not had any health concerns to go along with it nono *KNOCKS ON WOOD* rolleyes   ..I am curious though to see what the others will have to say about this topic, because I do not know for sure...
 
I am sorry for your pneumonia and health problems, I hope you are feeling better soon.
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you had a pneumonia shot?  I think you need one every 10 years to help protect you from pneumonia.  I used to get "walking" pneumonia and had chronic bronchitis but I was a smoker back then and this was before I developed fibro.
 
I keep Mucinex in the house and also take it with me when I travel.  If I start any coughing from a cold, I start the Mucinex.  The one I take has a cough suppressant in it and it has kept pneumonia away from me and I'm 61 years old.  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about that.  It's over-the-counter medication but you want to make sure it doesn't interact with any other medication you take.
 
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shannon,

I had never heard of HS so looked it up. Oh dear...what a miserable disorder for you to have to endure. I also have a rare form of dermatitis but mine breaks into tiny itchy 'bumps' that just drive you wild with itching if not under control of medication.

But, back to your question...I personally think if all you have is fibro, like that's not enough, then you may not be more likely to catch other things. But, if you have other issues then maybe so. Many of the disorders I have, and many others with fibro, are linked to the immune system. When your immune system is compromised the everything that blows by seems to take up residence in the body and you are down sick! I find that I get colds and viruses way more easily than I ever did because I have several disorders that are linked to my immune system, which some times I feel is about non-functional!

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Marlee2
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Shannon I do not catch everything that goes around, knocking on wood. smilewinkgrin I can't even remember when I had my last cold. Okay, I don't get out that much which probably helps and when I am out I do not touch my face with my hands, I use antibacterial gel on my hands and I always wash my hands very well when I get home.
 
However, I have had pneumonia several times in my life, the last being four years ago. I only remember when that was cause we were living in a nasty rental while our house was being built. I have noticed after having pneumonia that everything does seem to go right to your chest for awhile afterwards so you do need to be more cautious. I've heard other people say the samething but I have never asked a doc why.
 
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SheTiger68
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the responses, and so quick, too! I have not had a pneumonia shot, as I never felt I needed one. I get the flu shot at work every year, and figured since the worst I got as an adult was bronchitis then I could handle it. I used to always start OTC cold medicines as soon as I felt one coming on, and this time was no different. It always starts in my sinuses, so I take sinus meds, and it goes into my lungs, so I always have some kind of expectorant going as soon as it does. This time, though, I wasn't coughing anything up, so I thought maybe it wasn't going to settle into my lungs after all. Within 24 hours, though, I went from just feeling kind of tired with a dry cough to almost passing out in the shower because I couldn't breathe. I guess because of all the health issues combined it must have created some perfect storm in which the pneumonia took hold of.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 1/25/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
The "dry" cough can do that.  I let a dry cough go and ended up with a lot of lung congestion.  So, if I start coughing a lot, I dig out the Mucinex.  It is an expectorant with a cough suppressant.  I had never heard about it until my doctor told me about it.
 
I came down with a head cold a couple of weeks ago.  I started the coughing and it was a dry cough.  I started the Mucinex, even though I had no lung congestion, I couldn't believe the phlegm I was coughing up once the medication took hold.  I'm still taking it because I still cough occasionally.  But, my lungs remained clear and the cold is nearly gone now.
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 1/25/2009 11:58:18 AM (GMT-7)

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