Cold/flu while being treated

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G-Ju
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   Posted 6/12/2018 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I have Lyme and Bartonella and have been taking antibiotics for about three months. I haven't had a cold for years, but low and behold, I have one now. I've read that colds are rare with Lyme patients, but they do happen. I have a few questions.

Will colds hang on for a longer period of time due to my suppressed immune system from taking high levels of antibiotics?

Will a cold cause trouble with my treatment? Or, will it help it, overall?

Anything you know or have experienced would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Noah2112
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   Posted 6/12/2018 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a cold a few weeks ago. It lasted a little less than a week, normal amount of time for me. I'm treating for the same thing you are, with antibiotics. I would try not to worry about it, just rest and stay hydrated.

G-Ju
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   Posted 6/13/2018 4:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Noah2112 said...
I had a cold a few weeks ago. It lasted a little less than a week, normal amount of time for me. I'm treating for the same thing you are, with antibiotics. I would try not to worry about it, just rest and stay hydrated.


Thanks Noah2112

Weird thing....about two weeks ago, I pulled an attached tick off my head, just above my ear. The last few days, my ear has been itchy. This morning, I realized it was red and slightly swollen. The cold came along at the same time. I work at a school, so I think I'll have my "school nurse" take a look at it. I sure hope I didn't get infected again. Ugh!

bluelyme
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   Posted 6/13/2018 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
lomatium, alinia, and bee venom killed my flu in 2 days ...

1000Daisies
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   Posted 6/13/2018 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry that you have a virus and that you found yet another tick. So frustrating!!

We had a late-season flu in our house, and it was not good! However, it had been a long time since we had the flu or major illness in our household, so I consider us lucky because I felt we were long overdue! (I mean lucky in that they haven't been sick much with traditional viruses.)

I don't know why, but I rarely ever get the traditional flu (eg fever, body aches, chills, headache, sore throat, etc). However, my kids were unable to escape it this year.

Kid#1: After being very, very sick for several years from lyme/etc, he is now well for over a year. He was the first to get the flu, and he was only sick for 2 days. He bounced back quickly and was minimally sick (considering it was the flu).
Kid#2: He is my sickest kid in regards to lyme-related illness. And he was, by far, the sickest/longest of my kids with the flu. He missed over 1 1/2 weeks of school from it, and his virus just persisted. He had a really tough time breaking the fever. (He was negative for pneumonia - we checked!)
Kid#3: He is up/down with lyme-related illness. I don't believe he's fully well from lyme/etc. He was inbetween the two older kids in regards to his flu. He missed a week of school but wasn't as sick for as long as Kid#2 was. He was very sick from the flu this year.
Me: I didn't get the flu from them - despite taking care of them all. I don't know why, but I rarely ever get the flu. (I definitely get other viruses - especially stomach related ones - but rarely the traditional flu.)

FWIW - we choose to not do the flu vaccine given our medical/health issues.

We get the common cold from time to time. I can't say that I noticed my kids being sick "less" from viruses because they have lyme/etc. Since I believe they've had this since in utero (I believe I passed it on to them), they all had the typical childhood illnesses growing up. I will say that they seem to generally get less viruses the past few years, but I contribute it moreso to them getting older and all of the herbals, perhaps, that we've taken over these recent years.
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, but doing great now!
Kid#2: Still sick now despite being treated for years but doing better (not well yet).
Kid#3: Generally good but relapsing off/on.
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids)-not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue and yeast issues (heart/kidney issues resolved)
Treating with herbals now.

G-Ju
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   Posted 6/14/2018 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
1000Daisies said...
I'm so sorry that you have a virus and that you found yet another tick. So frustrating!!

We had a late-season flu in our house, and it was not good! However, it had been a long time since we had the flu or major illness in our household, so I consider us lucky because I felt we were long overdue! (I mean lucky in that they haven't been sick much with traditional viruses.)

I don't know why, but I rarely ever get the traditional flu (eg fever, body aches, chills, headache, sore throat, etc). However, my kids were unable to escape it this year.

Kid#1: After being very, very sick for several years from lyme/etc, he is now well for over a year. He was the first to get the flu, and he was only sick for 2 days. He bounced back quickly and was minimally sick (considering it was the flu).
Kid#2: He is my sickest kid in regards to lyme-related illness. And he was, by far, the sickest/longest of my kids with the flu. He missed over 1 1/2 weeks of school from it, and his virus just persisted. He had a really tough time breaking the fever. (He was negative for pneumonia - we checked!)
Kid#3: He is up/down with lyme-related illness. I don't believe he's fully well from lyme/etc. He was inbetween the two older kids in regards to his flu. He missed a week of school but wasn't as sick for as long as Kid#2 was. He was very sick from the flu this year.
Me: I didn't get the flu from them - despite taking care of them all. I don't know why, but I rarely ever get the flu. (I definitely get other viruses - especially stomach related ones - but rarely the traditional flu.)

FWIW - we choose to not do the flu vaccine given our medical/health issues.

We get the common cold from time to time. I can't say that I noticed my kids being sick "less" from viruses because they have lyme/etc. Since I believe they've had this since in utero (I believe I passed it on to them), they all had the typical childhood illnesses growing up. I will say that they seem to generally get less viruses the past few years, but I contribute it moreso to them getting older and all of the herbals, perhaps, that we've taken over these recent years.


OMG! Daisies1000...all of you have Lyme? Ugh! I'm glad your are doing well, for the most part.

Luckily, Tuesday was my worst day with this cold. Yesterday, I felt much better, and this morning even better. So, I'm on the mend. smile Now, I'm trying to figure out my warm, red, somewhat itchy ear. I have an appointment with my PCP and Lyme Lit doc coming up. I was hoping that the cold is a sign that the Lyme is dying off, too. smile

Over five months (when my symptoms were the worst), my symptoms have tremendously decreased after three months of treatment. If I could get rid of the hip pain and the internal vibrations, I'd feel close to normal. Then, it would be time to rebuild the muscle tone I've lost due to the minimal exercise I get because of the limited flexibility of my hip. Any progress is good.

Thanks for your response.

1000Daisies
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   Posted 6/14/2018 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the kind words!

I'd be concerned about reinfection too - especially since you are apparently having a reaction by the ear near where you were bit!
But you are still on antibiotics currently, correct? Then that should hopefully cover a new infection, right?

Have you considered adding in herbals to help with the body healing?

Best of luck in healing!
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, but doing great now!
Kid#2: Still sick now despite being treated for years but doing better (not well yet).
Kid#3: Generally good but relapsing off/on.
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids)-not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue and yeast issues (heart/kidney issues resolved)
Treating with herbals now.
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