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Offline panicqueen

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why am i getting sick so often? what's wrong with me?
« on: March 24, 2010, 02:50:08 PM »
 >:( :(I have been sick almost 4 times in 2 months!  What the hell is wrong with me?  I am getting several upper respiratory infections with sore throats sometimes.  I have been to the doctors and prescribed antibiotics which seem to work at the time, but I get sick 2 weeks later.  I just donít get it.  I am always congested and fell awful.  My head aches, etc.  I was even tested for strep and mono, both negative.  What is wrong with me?  Is there something wrong with my immune system?  I have a healthy baby and donít understand where this is coming from.  I am starting to freak out and just want to feel better.  Even my ears and neck hurt!  Help!!!!!!!!  Is this a sign of something sinister?   :(
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Re: why am i getting sick so often? what's wrong with me?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2010, 03:33:18 PM »
You are anxious, probably, and that's why you are getting sick. I have had such severe bouts of anxiety that, when I've gotten my blood tested (for imagined illnesses of course), my while blood cell count will be extremely low. If you are anxious then your body puts all its resources into now, and not the long term (ie the immune system). Also you have a baby- you are probably sleep deprived. My husband and I have both been sick more often than not since we had our daughter (I posted on this same thing a few weeks ago). I've had a gazillion colds, the flu, bronchitis, a sinus infection, the stomach flu, you name it! The sleep deprivation couple with anxiety is a very bad combo- they make each other worse.

Anyway, I feel for you, and am in the very same situation (I have a cold now, and had bronchitis 3 weeks ago).
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Re: why am i getting sick so often? what's wrong with me?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2010, 04:55:51 PM »
Did you say you have a healthy baby? I was sick more the first 4 years of my son's life that I was the previous 15 - including a bout with pneumonia (never happened before) and the flu. Having a new baby is very tiring, and wears you down. If he/she is in daycare at all, it is even worse. (Or it will be when he/she goes to school.) Also if he/she is nursing then you are sharing your immunity. Good for them, but less so for you, ha ha.

Be kind to yourself, and try to get some sleep!
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Re: why am i getting sick so often? what's wrong with me?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2010, 10:32:05 AM »
thanks, all.

and gridder, yes, my son is in daycare and i guess it makes sense that i catch everything he has.  he was just now getting over something and i guess that is what i caught.  thanks for bringing this to my attention.  anyway, i hate being sick so often. it is absolutely miserable and unfortunately, my job is not understanding about me missing work at all.  so annoying.
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Re: why am i getting sick so often? what's wrong with me?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2010, 11:40:28 AM »
When my daughter was in school, I was ill a fair number of times and
even once had a fever of 104.3.
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Re: why am i getting sick so often? what's wrong with me?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2010, 05:21:40 PM »
If you've got a little one in daycare, I think you can expect to be sick some more, especially if you are stressed. I've just pretty much accepted that my daughter and I will have matching runny noses for awhile! Just try to steer clear of the stomach flu, because baby + puking parent = no fun!! :-)
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