What can I do to boost my immune system?

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   Posted 11/23/2007 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am way tired of all the sinus and ear infections. Is there anything I can do to boost my immune system? I am very diligent about handwashing and sanitizing. I'm not sure what else to do. Thanks!
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   Posted 11/23/2007 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish I had some answers for you Tabitha.................here's a big hug from me to you!!!!!!!!

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran 15 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enemas AM & PM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

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   Posted 11/24/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree and can't wait to hear the feedback. I know I don't wash and sanitize like I should, so I'm starting NOW. I do know that I eat healthier now than I did 6 months ago, including a multi-vitamin and lots of water. I need to increase exercise, too, as studies I've read show that exercise can help strengthen the immune system (mayoclinic.com--look up immune system). I am going to do the handwashing thing more vigorously-20 seconds and take my Lysol into the bathroom at work every time and spray the place down and also in my office--keypad, door knobs, light switches, desk, etc. AFter coughing or sneezing, I am using hand sanitizer and NO touching my nose, eyes or mouth! Two of my staff have had bad colds/bronchitis/sinus junk in the past several weeks and now I do, too. I will also wear a mask, if need be! Our health is worth it!!
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07 
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Started 40 mg. Prednisone on 9/16/07 and tapering by 5mg per week  which started on 9/28/07:  40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5 every other day, 5 every three days, done!

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   Posted 11/24/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that for some UCers they may have fungal or bacterial causes for their UC, but by the way I have responded to medication I am convinced that for me it is an auto-immune disorder.
And when I went on a regime recommended by a researcher of various supplements etc. to rebuild and strengthen my immune system I got worse and was in A LOT of pain from my guts.
I guess the thing to do is try the common routes of preventing colds -vitamin C, tea, maybe some echinacea.
Good Luck!
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   Posted 11/24/2007 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have been trying food supplements, ie. protein bars, tea, something like ensure but not, can't think of the name, sorry..i also may take a lot of allergy pills and sinus medication. Not at all sure it helps but so far so good.

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   Posted 11/24/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're on immunosuppresant drugs, you're going to be more susceptible. I don't think you can suppress and strengthen at the same time. As far as I know, the best you can do is what you're already doing... wash hands frequently, keep hands away from your face and avoid being around people who are obviously sick. You might look into that "Airborne" supplement, although I don't know how effective it would be while you're on immunosuppresants. You could ask your doc about it.


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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   Posted 11/25/2007 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tabitha. I have found the best way to boost my immune system is:

dont smoke.
dont drink alcohol.
eat 6 small meals a day
eat protein with medium carbs, low fat every meal
eat omega 3 fats each day
drink 5 bottles of water each day
exercise at least 3 times a week (preferable 5-6)
get enough sleep (i dont sleep much, but i nap off and on when i can)
stay positive

this is my lifestyle, derailed at times from stress or flares, but i constantly get back on the healthy roller coaster when life kicks me off. :) Its a lot of work at times, but it keeps me feeling better then when i dont follow this regime. I rarely get sick actually (with the exception of my uc of course), but i do get sore from the exercise because i probably push it harder then i should at times.

Hope you get better! :)
34 year old Male
First Flare was February 2005. Diagnosed June 2005-left-sided Colitis, suspect it has since spread. Started 4000 mg Oral Salofalk June 2005-stopped January 2007. Remission until November 2006.
Been in a flare to various degrees since November 2006 to February 2007. Currently in remission.
Presently on 0 mg Prednisone-down from 60 mg!
Weekly 4000 mg Salofalk enemas.
Daily 4000 mg Salofalk oral.
Started Omeprazole 20 mg February 2007.
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   Posted 11/25/2007 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Be proactive and eat lots of veggies and fruits with good minerals and vitamins, and don't eat crap. Ditto Bob. I take MG beta-glucan. Haven't had a sniffle since, and I'm a elementary school teacher. Could be a coincidence, but who knows....  :)

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   Posted 11/25/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys! I generally live a healthy lifestyle....except for the occasional glass of wine I don't really drink and I quit smoking years ago. I exercise 4 times a week. I appreciate all the help!!
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   Posted 11/25/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I think cranberry juice is supposed to help. I have been drinking it since I was at the height of my flare and anemic and barely able to stand, it really helped me I think and I drink 8oz a day. Sometimes I make a smoothie w/yogurt and fruit. Sometimes, I dilute it w/water to make my water more tasty. I like the cran/rasp and cran/grape. They also have potassium fortified juice too. HTH!
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   Posted 11/25/2007 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds yummy. I get tired of plain ole water.
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