is it just me? or am i the cause?

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bunnybabe
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   Posted 10/18/2005 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
hey everyone,
it seems that ever since i had this whole IBS diagnosis (though i am still waiting to hear back on a Celiac diagnosis) i have been so sick!  if i am not in the bathroom all the time my sinus' are killing me or my throat is "sandy" or there is some other drama in my life.  i have missed so much work that it is ridiculous, i feel guilty about it--and now i am starting to wonder if there is some hidden subconcious thing going on that i hate my job... (which i don't think i do).  my stomach has been good since i have cut out the wheat and gluten and i am real careful with what i eat and i am taking almost no meds but acidophilus and the occational anti-diarrhea med.  but i have gotten colds, strep, sinusitis and i am home sick again with a monster of sinus problems.  granted i am in an environment that is not the healthiest, (i had the flood and my apartment and it stinks!  but we are moving soon) and i work with college kids who also aren't the healthiest, and i have read that a lot of your immune system is in your digestive system.  but i feel like i am always sick!!! and it is really getting me down, usually i am a very happy person but for the last year, it seems that everything sucks!  i have read some on the depression forum, but i have never been told that i was depressed, i do have a counsler that i work with because the IBS thing was a downer for me.  but does anyone else go through "phases" that your body and mind just aren't clicking??  what do you do about it.  i feel like if i go to work and go about my normal day i will be great, but i try to do that and i either get sick on the Metro or i am feeling crappy all day and then i am even worst the next day.  i know i have to take care of myself but i feel like NOTHING is working.  could IBS or any other digestive problems weaken the immune system to the point where i am now???  i feel like i am always sick... anyone understand, or is it all in my head????
--bunny
 
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7Lil
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   Posted 10/18/2005 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Bunny,

No, I don't think it is just you.  You being sick a lot can be a combination of things:

  • Having IBS sucks and being in a poor mental state because of it can cause your health to deteriorate.
  • D from IBS can rob your body of nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
  • The thought of going to a job you don't like (not sure if this is you) can cause you to feel ill just because you don't want to go. - THIS IS ME BECAUSE OF MY LONG COMMUTE.
  • Living in an unsanitary condition (flooding, mold, dust, etc.) can cause the immune system to break down, resulting in catching more sicknesses.
  • Not getting enough exercise contributes to poor health.

You see, it can be a number of things.  Do you take a good multi-vitamin?  If not, I suggest you should try.  It can't hurt; it may just help you fight off these bugs you're catching.

Hang in there and know YOU ARE NOT ALONE with this feeling.



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Keriamon
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   Posted 10/19/2005 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
You know, I was just telling my fiance the other day that I've been sicker more often in the past year since I moved to Nashville than I have been since I was a kid in school. I had sinus problems after Thanksgiving, a stomach flu right before Christmas (never had a true "stomach flu" before). Then I got strep throat for the first time ever in April. Then I developed IBS in June.

At first I thought it was just that I was at home all of the time (unemployed) and not being regularly exposed to germs, so that when I did go out, I caught everything. But I've been working regularly since July and now have a cold. I haven't had just a regular cold (as opposed to allergy-induced sinus problems) since I was in college almost 5 years ago.

I am beginning to wonder if Nashville doesn't agree with me. Other than 4 years in Virginia while in college, I have spent most of my 26 years in the same county. A rural county at that--population of 12,000-15,000 people. I went to school in Roanoke, which if I remember correctly, had a population of around 200,000 people in the valley (not just inside the city limits). Nashville, by comparison, has a couple of million people. And while I live out in the boon-docks, I commute to Nashville every day. When I wasn't working, my significant other was commuting to Nashville every day. And when I went out into Murfreesboro, I was going into a city every bit as big as Roanoke. So I'm wondering if my reoccuring illnesses don't have something to do with the increased population, poorer air quality, etc. Anyone else noticed this?

Hopefully, though, my fiance and I will be moving back to the county where I grew up this upcoming spring/summer.

bunnybabe
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   Posted 10/19/2005 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
how interesting!
i didn't even think of that, i have moved around a lot (only within the US though) but i have lived in all major cities--maybe i need to move out in the middle of nowhere!!!
i do have dreams of living on a big farm, growing my own food and well just being a hippy--for some reason i think that would solve everything!
--bunny
 
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Keriamon
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   Posted 10/19/2005 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Stuart and I would like to be more self-sufficient. If he does well in his business he's wanting to set-up and can support the two of us, then I'll act as his receptionist and bookeeper and grow vegetables on the side. In addition to a horse or two, we'd also like to raise our own beef cow every year or two. And maybe keep a few chickens for eggs, although if I could get them slaughtered by someone for less than the cost of pre-packaged chicken, I'd keep them for meat too.

I believe in my right to eat tasty animals, but I don't think you should keep them in cruel conditions. I'd much rather know where my meat is coming from. And I'd like to know what's fertilizing my vegetables... like ash from our fire pit or horse and cow dung from our own clean, healthy animals. Maybe one day we'll get to be mini farmers. I don't know that it will help my stomach problems, but it certainly won't hurt anything either. Maybe we'll get to live to be 100.

You know, they have proven that exposure to animals at a young age actually helps prevent allergies later. In countries where people "live in harmony" with their farm animals, they have much less child and adult allergies and asthma.

irish1
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   Posted 10/19/2005 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
bunybabe
I seem to go through phases where i'll feel good for awhile, and then all hell breaks loose and a bunch of things go wrong all at once. Just when I think I'll never feel good again, I realize all my maladies have gone away! A couple times a year, I like to do a cleansing or detox. My chiropractor gives me this rice protein powder and supplements made by Metagenics. It's an anti-allergen detoxification. No dairy, soy, wheat, sugar, eggs...everything else people tend to be allergic to. It's hard to avoid a lot of those foods, but it makes you feel so clean and healthy!! You slowly introduce one food group at a time and see if there is a reaction. I'm actually thinking of doing it again soon, and for a longer amount of time.

bunnybabe
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   Posted 10/20/2005 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
i have been interested in doing a detox.  when i get really sick i feel so full of poisons that it makes me feel sicker!!  the closest thing to a detox i do is going for a run and taking a hot shower with epsom salts...
i only know of one person to do a detox, she did a fast then a juice diet if i recall.  but i have seen many products in health food stores and read about them, it just seems like there are so many--i don't want to get stuck doing a "not so good" one.
i eat pretty healthy, right now no wheat/gluten/dairy/eggs, or fried food or anything spicy... (so basically i am on the "no delicious foods diet".)  i just don't know where to start with a detox program, and right now i am having a relapse of sorts and some sinus problems--so i don't know what the best thing to do is...
i am really into the "natural" way of handleing things... but sometimes everyone needs a little help...
thanks, irish--is there any info or websites you would suggest?
--bunny
 
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7Lil
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   Posted 10/20/2005 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bunny,
I'm not sure if this will help but I read it in Better Nutrition (and then searched for it online):
Should You Cleanse?
http://www.betternutrition.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=507&keyword=detox&summary=1&startsum=1
 


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bunnybabe
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   Posted 10/20/2005 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks lil, the article stated some info i did not know--really helpful, looks like i got some more research to do!
--bunny
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irish1
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   Posted 10/22/2005 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
bunnybabe
I f you go to www.metagenics.com there's probably some information on all the products they carry and what they are for. My "stuff" is called ultraclear macro and it's good for people with stomach problems. I highly recommend it!
good luck
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