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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 2/13/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you ever wish you could just live in a bubble?  It would be so much germs!
I've been trying SO HARD to keep the upper resp stuff at bay.  Use purell by the gallon (it seems anyway), anytime I use the RR, won't turn the faucet off without a paper towel.  Use a paper towel to open the door.  Yet, it feels like I'm coming down with something.    Have had a sinus headache, my teeth are really sensitive, stuffy nose and now I have this stupid hacky cough.  The only thing that really helps the cough is a swig of whiskey.  My chest feels heavy (around my bronchial tubes)...but it doesn't hurt and doesn't feel like it is full.
I love my pcp - but he is one of those that want you to be sick for 1-2 weeks before he gives you an antibiotic.  I'm of the opinion that being on all the immune-suppressing drugs - we should be a little more proactive and nip it in the bud before it gets bad.
I "feel" like I have a fever - but when I take it, I don't.  My normal body temp stays right around 97.6-97.8
How do you guys handle it when you can feel yourself getting sick?  Do you just roll with it or does your doc get you on something right away?
This sounds more like a whine than a question... lol
SLE: 07/07, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, migraines
400 mg. plaquenil, 9 mg. prednisone, 2400 mg. ibuprofin, 15 mg. methotrexate, folic acid, asacol, caltrate-D, wellbutrin, paxil, lybrel, Keppra (as needed)

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   Posted 2/13/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kim, You know there is alot going around. I have different feelings about antibiotics because I have to take them every day. Monday, wenesday, and fridays. My PCP is worried I will get sick and that will be that since my lungs are so bad. But I worry because I think what if I build up an immunity? But in your case with all the junk going around you might want to insist on somthing or go see somone else. If you don't take anti -b's all the time I agree you should be proactive. It's tough to go see another pcp when you really like your doctor or that would have been my suggestion.
I feel like I have a fever alot too. I used to take my temp but I gave it up. after being on pain meds with tylenol in it all the time it wouldn't show up anyway.
I carry germ killing lotion in my purse all the time. The stuff with alcohol that just tries. It's very convenient. and have soap pumps in the kitchen and bathrooms.
I hope you either get well or get meds for this real soon. Oh and about the whining thing. You have not yet begun to whine so don't worry about it!
God Bless
Lupus like symptoms, with pbc symptoms, stage 4 COPD w/CHF,  Cancer survivor.  Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,Plaquanil800mg,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg, HCTZ25/Triamterene37.5mg,Xanax 1.0 x3,Singular,nitro spray, aciphex, percocet 10mg.x4. 
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 2/14/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
if you use antibiotics very often your body builds a tolerance which means they stop working against infections- experience speaking here.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone, Imuran, Procardia

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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 2/14/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kim,
   I agree with nipping things in the bud before they get out of hand. My doctors are pretty good with that. After having this disease for so long, I can usually tell when something needs attention right away and my doctors jump on it pretty quick.
   I had to take 4 rounds of antibiotics in dec and jan for teeth infections and bronchitis but, I agree with redrose if you take them too much you can become resistant to them.
   If you are having any symptoms out of the norm for you, do call your doctor and let him/her know whats going on. Its better to stay on top of things to be on the safe side.
   Please take care and keep us updated. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 100
   Posted 2/14/2008 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys...
Thanks for the info. I try not to use antibiotics when I don't need to...because of the whole thing with becoming immune. I'm feeling even more crappy today. I'll give it until tomorrow and see what happens. I just don't want it to go into pneumonia or something that is really going to knock me on my butt.

Carol...Had to chuckle about the temp thing. OF COURSE I don't register a temp! I take 2400 mg of ibuprofin every day! DOH! Sometimes I just scare myself.

SLE: 07/07, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, migraines
400 mg. plaquenil, 9 mg. prednisone, 2400 mg. ibuprofin, 15 mg. methotrexate, folic acid, asacol, caltrate-D, wellbutrin, paxil, lybrel, Keppra (as needed)

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