Dear Crissy

Do you ever feel run down?

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About a month ago, I came down with a really nasty case of sinusitis and bronchitis.

These are not conditions that I’m unfamiliar with—in fact—I have chronic sinus problems. However, this particular bout of infection was pretty severe. I actually don’t think I have been that sick in many years. I ended up having to see a doctor twice, and only after a second round of powerful antibiotics did the infection begin to leave my body. I was totally down, and coughing severely for about 14 days.

When the antibiotics finally started working, though, I got better rapidly. The cough disappeared and the sinus infection subsided.

Honestly, though, I haven’t felt quite right since I was sick.

I’ve been feeling really tired and I have this strange recurring sore throat. It’s mild, but it is there every few days. Last night I looked in my throat and my tonsils looked white and enlarged.

I’ve also noticed my fingernails are papery thin, and I just feel off.

I know that what I need to do is start eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking water instead of Diet Coke, and taking vitamins. I am just not taking care of myself and I can feel it.

I also feel less motivated, and this is why I haven’t been posting much here.

Do you ever just feel completely run down? How do you right the ship?

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  1. Sharron — September 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am (#)

    exercise that isn’t going to knock you out and frustrate you. That isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg and mean going someplace. Try T-Tapp. Go ahead and look it up online. There’s lots of info about why these exercises work, how long T-Tapp has been around, and where the system came from. I started using the system about a month ago, and love it. 15 minute workouts.
    Not an answer by it’s self, but a step toward rebuilding health.

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  2. Trisha — September 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am (#)

    What kind of antibiotic did they put you on? It can affect you in a way you’re describing. I’d look into it. Have you seen your doctor yet?

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  3. Terri P — September 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am (#)

    The symptoms you described are indicative of a physical illness. Get to your Doctor NOW for a complete physical with bloodwork.

    Don’t self-diagnose. Don’t wait.

    Terri

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  4. Mark — September 14, 2012 @ 11:16 am (#)

    Odd that you should say this. My sinuses have been insane this year and I’ve had the off and on sore throat thing, too. I don’t know about my tonsils; they were left behind about 45years ago. I’m almost tempted to believe that it’s environmental, somehow.

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  5. Ginger — September 14, 2012 @ 11:17 am (#)

    Did you have your sinuses rechecked after the last round of antibiotics? It sounds like you might still have enough post-nasal drip to cause the sore throat, or you might still have a low grade infection.

    The fingernail issue is probably unrelated.

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  6. LyNSA — September 14, 2012 @ 11:17 am (#)

    We need to listen to what our bodies are telling us. It sounds to me you need to have a conversation with your doctor. It may very well just be that you need to eat better or it could be something entirely different. Hubby went to the doctor because he didn’t feel right and he was able to head off a major health crisis. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You don’t need a specific complaint to see your doctor.

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  7. Nikki Lurty — September 14, 2012 @ 11:19 am (#)

    Have them check your thyroid. After having my oldest son, I just couldn’t get back on track. I was run down, thin hair and nails and etc. After what seemed like forever, I wad diagnosed with an over active thyroid. They shut my thyroid down and that threw my thyroid into going underactive. THEN.. I continued to get worse, extremely tired, pain and other weird symptoms. After another year I wad diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Doctor told me sometimes illness, childbirth and stress can cause you to develop it. Get checked, and I hope you feel better soon!

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    • Pam — September 14th, 2012 @ 11:52 am

      Nikki said what I was going to suggest. Get your thyroid checked, and you should also get complete blood work done to rule out everything else. i got hashimoto’s thyroiditis probably starting after the birth of my first daughter, but it really went into overdrive after the second. when i get sick, it takes me longer than the average person to recover. it can take me two to three weeks sometimes.

      • LAMusing — September 15th, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

        I’m also chiming in on having your thyroid checked. I have Graves Disease – an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I have kept my thyroid and take a suppressant, but my levels can go up and down. I know when it’s veering one direction or another by my energy level (most often my lack of energy), my hair and fingernails, and my general mood.

  8. Amy (Merriam) McCain — September 14, 2012 @ 11:27 am (#)

    Hi Crissy,

    If I were you I would ask for a complete blood work up. Low iron comes to mind, but also thyroid issues. The sore throat can be a symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia…which are both known for overwhelming fatigue. (I know…I have both) If YOU notice something wrong then you definitely need to get it all checked out…even if you have to push your doctor a bit to find out what’s going on! Good luck!!

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  9. Donna Rich — September 14, 2012 @ 11:27 am (#)

    I would go get recheked it could be thruch which you can get after taking an anititiotic, however with the other symptoms, I owuld suggest going to the doctor and getting a good physical, your body is trying to tell you something the doctors need to listen. Let us know what happens. I wouldn’t wait on it.

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  10. Gabrielle — September 14, 2012 @ 11:31 am (#)

    I’ve had sinusitis and bronchitis before and was very tired and worn down for several months after I’ve stopped the antibiotics. I’ve have pneumonia this winter and it was very long to fully recover as well. Never a bad thing to get everything checked in case you still have an infection of some kind, but personally think it takes a while to fully recover from such infections, even when in good health. And not a bad thing either to eat well and take vitamins. Good Luck! :)

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  11. Karen Glatt — September 14, 2012 @ 11:32 am (#)

    Are you drinking a lot of coffee or pop! Are you sleeping okay? I had to quit all coffee and pop because it was affecting my health! It gave me insomnia! But then I am post menopausal and a lot of different things affect me. But first are you getting your sleep?

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    • Crissy — September 14th, 2012 @ 11:42 am

      I get basically no sleep, I have an 8-month-old and 3-year old. I know the sleep deprivation must play a MAJOR role!

      • Christina — September 14th, 2012 @ 11:55 am

        That is def part of the problem, take care of yourself I learned the hardway, several auotimmune conditions later to listen to my body. Take a nap and rest when you can. Also does sound like your b12 and iron are low, they need to specifically check your iron level and B12 level not a regular CBC.

  12. Karen Petersen — September 14, 2012 @ 11:34 am (#)

    When I want to know about anything for my health or diet, etc. I check out Crunchy Katies Rants and Raves. She has a blog and you could probably ask her anything and she would do all that she can to help you. She has great insight to the Super Foods, healthy living thing. She can direct you to various web sights that will guide you the Natural way… Blessings…

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  13. Mari L. — September 14, 2012 @ 11:35 am (#)

    My life story until I realized I suffer from adrenal fatigue. Green smoothies and veggies, some acupuncture and plenty of rest daily and I’m feeling great. That it’s a what I did after countless trips to western medicine docs.I did a lot of research and diagnosed myself! Probably not a good thing, but I have never felt better and alive!

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  14. Marci — September 14, 2012 @ 11:41 am (#)

    You already know the answer… you gave it above. “I know that what I need to do is start eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking water instead of Diet Coke, and taking vitamins. I am just not taking care of myself and I can feel it.” Life is about choices. If we continue to choose not to do the right thing there are consequences. Not trying to be uppity or snotty. Just start with one of those things you mention and make it a habit. Then add another.

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    • nicole — September 14th, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

      I agree with Marci. I used to drink diet coke as it was the only thing that kept le awake. Then I read about aspartame. That’s an ingredient that can cause a number of health problems on its own.

      But the more veggies that you eat (and the more you sleep) you should start feeling better. I would suggest seeing a naturopath as well…the methods they use are much less harmful (and chemical). Might help more than going on another medication with different side effects.

      • Anastasia @ eco-babyz — September 15th, 2012 @ 9:13 am

        I second seeing a naturopath or holistic doctor! Ours is awesome, I love the non “there’s a drug for that approach’, they really understand that the human body is directly affected by our diet and stress.

  15. Kathleen Downes — September 14, 2012 @ 11:50 am (#)

    The use of antibiotics can cause a yeast infection which affects your entire body. All of your symptoms could be due to that.

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