Struggles with colds or flu?

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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 12/6/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else struggle with a regular feeling of illness? I spoke with my doctor about the fact that I catch every cold, flu, sniffle, cough and bug that comes around and she is very confused as to why this occurs. I expressed my thought that if I have RA, then my body is fighting 2 things at once, my joints and the illness. She is unaware of that being a complication of RA. This was weeks ago, and here I go again with another bug. I seem to get them all the time!
 
So who else gets colds or flu easily here? I am allergic to so much and with my medications I do not get to take anything except for Mucinex (guafenisen?) and lots of fluids. I am open to any suggestions for cold and flu remedies. Please help.
 
I have stuffy nose, sore throat, chest tightness, cough, fever and body aches/chills. Even my bones hurt. I have tried a cool bath, steamy shower room, a cloth drape over a bowl of steaming water with Vicks in it, a humidifier, chamomile tea with honey, salt water gargle, and sleep. I am always the one to make homemade chicken soup with homemade noodles, so no luck with that until I feel less like I have been hit by a tractor-trailer! My fiance is going to try it when he comes home with canned chicken broth, leftover chicken and frozen veggies, I just have to instruct him on noodle making, rolling and cutting! The boys will help also.
 
I feel guilty for being sick which is silly! My fiance has the same bug, but no where near as severe as mine. So even while sick he seems to always be stuck caring for me. The doctor's office didn't have any additional suggestions beyond what I have already tried. So I came to my extended family for help.
 
Anyone have any suggestions past what I have tried? Thank you!

spinal soldier
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   Posted 12/6/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
no guarantees, but taking some anti-oxidants and immune system enhancers/matineance agents and more targeted things for various aliments. oil of wild oregano has a anti-biotic chemical that can be taken all the time in some way and in higher doses when you come down with a bug. Coenzyme Q10 keeps the immune process going and a vitamin like nutient called inositol-HP6 (hexa-phosphate in think). these are a few of many things you can get at a local health food store. if you get vitamin C use the Ester-C kind and take 1000mg a couple times a day. garlic or aged garlic extract that is odorless. there is a good brand called Kyolic. if your curious about supplements i'll be happy to help you with what i have learned.
L4,L5,S1 bilateral Laminectomies, Foraminotomies 2002
L4-S1 PLIF with instumentation 2008,

current Rx: OxyContin 80mg q8hrs. , MSIR 30mg prn qid,vistaril50mg prn nausea, Lyrica 150mg 2x,Adderall 20mgs 1x A.M. 10mg PM prn, Soma 350 mg 3X, Relafen 1000mg 1x, lorazepam 1mg bid prn, Supplements: CO-Q10 100mg, Vitamin D 2000IU, Fish-Oil1000mg EFA, B-Complex50 3x/day, GABA 750mg,

Retired Mom
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   Posted 12/6/2010 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to be EXACTLY the same way when I was working. It was the environment and I was exposed to so many germs in my "field" of expertise. When I stopped working, the constant cold/stomach bug/pneumonia/other infections seem to stop almost immediately. It was great being able to stop taking antibiotics constantly. It felt like I was at the PCP almost every month for something I caught at work. I always keep hand sanitizer with me and use it a great deal when I have to go shopping for any reason. Apparently I just wasn't getting over one thing before something else jumped on.

For the serious congestion, my PCP had me sipping on Tussin (like plain mucinex) but in liquid form. I had to keep a bottle with me all the time and sip it when I started the congestion to keep things from backing up and causing a severe sinus infection or lung infection. It helped a great deal and there is no alcohol or anything else in it to create problems.

Good luck!!
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couchtater
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   Posted 12/6/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
RA is a immunity issue so I figure your immunity is weaken and this causes you to be able to catch everything that comes by.
Can you take some suppliments to build your immunity up?
Joy

spinal soldier
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   Posted 12/7/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
the answer is yes, very many. trying to find supplements that help both the RA and enhance your immunity to pathogens is the trick. just to ramble on some: coenzyme Q10 alone or with coenzyme A which is pricey, for anti-oxidant free radical scavenger effects, beta-1,3-glucan for immune-stimulating effects, very important for you with RA; omega3-essential fatty-acid and omega6-essential fatty-acid. the omega3 you caan get in good fish oil supplements and you want at least 600mg per day of the EFA or EPA, the omega6 is best gotten from evening primrose seed oil, the omega6 in it is gamma-linoelic acid and you want 1000mg-2000mg per day. the antioxidants: pycnogenol, melatonin, and quercetin are very potent. the calcium ascorbate form of vitamin C instead of ascorbic acid at 3000-10000mg per day, use the products that combine bioflavanoids with the vitamin C. oregano oil is a powerful anti-biotic and anti-viral, also olive leaf-extract. this is just the beginning, if you have a Vitamin Shoppe in your area they are a good health food store with salespeople that can help you.
L4,L5,S1 bilateral Laminectomies, Foraminotomies 2002
L4-S1 PLIF with instumentation 2008,

current Rx: OxyContin 80mg q8hrs. , MSIR 30mg prn qid,vistaril50mg prn nausea, Lyrica 150mg 2x,Adderall 20mgs 1x A.M. 10mg PM prn, Soma 350 mg 3X, Relafen 1000mg 1x, lorazepam 1mg bid prn, Supplements: CO-Q10 100mg, Vitamin D 2000IU, Fish-Oil1000mg EFA, B-Complex50 3x/day, GABA 750mg,

Jim1969
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   Posted 12/7/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
IMHO I think your theory about fighting two things at once is pretty much dead on. We, as CP patients, use a lot more energy, often get less restful sleep, and are under a lot more stress than those who are pretty much totally healthy and this causes a weakening of our immune system.

In a sense your doctor is right in that your condition does not truly cause you to be sick more often but it is more an indirect side effect.

Probably one of the best thing we can do is take a quality muti-vitamin every day, or maybe even double the dose or take extra B,C,D. Since there is so many vitamin B's and D's make sure to get a complete supplement.
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Chicagorunner
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   Posted 12/10/2010 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I also was wondering about your environment-- work or home. Check around to see if something is amiss there.
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