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willa
10-07-2009, 04:27 PM
Title says it all
I am very tired, my body is telling me by different ways
In the last year, I've caugh maybe 3 bronchitis and many colds
I'm always sick...
Today I'm having one of these big migraines.
I'd sleep for days if I could

I just came back from France a week ago, and over there I caught another bronchitis, and to top it all, the medicine I was prescribed, well it seems I'm allergic to it. It was amoxicillin, a kind of penicillin... In 2 months, it's my third allergical reaction. I've been on cortisone for a month now :dizzy:

What is wrong with me???
I was never that sick before...
Is my body trying to tell me something?

I should listen to it, I know that, I feel like being 30 y/o next year is trying to get into me (like I'm scared of it hahah).

I may try a cleansing diet next week. I've heard it can help cleaning everything to start over on the good feet.

Does anyone here already felt like that?
Being sick all the time without understanding why? Because all my life, I was in very good health, except my weight being too high, but I never had colds or the flu and stuff like that.

Sorry for my mispelling again ;)


bargoo
10-07-2009, 04:48 PM
Have you ever been checked for diabetes ?

hope4me
10-07-2009, 05:55 PM
You may also want to get your thyroid checked. I was exhausted all the time before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.


Mango30
10-07-2009, 06:09 PM
I could be that you never got rid of the original lung infection that is causing the bronchial problems. When you finish your meds do you return to your provider for a check?

Your weight can contribute to antibiotic issues, if they are not giving you a high enough dose for your weight, or if you are not taking the prescribed doses, or quitting the meds before you are through with amount prescribed. Also, you should not ever drink alcohol when taking antibiotics, it totally negates it.

Have you, in the last year, moved to a new city or state? often times, if you live in a rural area you are not exposed to as many bugs and don't build the antibodies to fight them, then you move, get introduced to new bugs and have to get sick several times for your body to create antibodies to fight off the new germs.

mamaspank
10-07-2009, 07:07 PM
I am 29 as well and I have had more health problems this year than I have my whole life. I hear the short-term cleanses are great, but my friend swears by the Master Cleanse. I think I would do the one with fruits and vegis though. She piles the weight back on after every Master Cleanse. I have not had horrible problems myself with colds though.

ennay
10-07-2009, 11:03 PM
I had the same problem and my doctor was no help. I was so tired I couldnt even function, all I wanted to do all day was sleep. I was gaining weight like a mad woman. Then I entered 3 months of non stop illness. Each of which the doctor tried to treat like an isolated case. "No, I dont just have a cold with an ear infection, I am on my 14th ear infection in the last 8 weeks - this is a problem"

I went to a naturopath and got put on B vitamins and in just a short time I started to feel TONS better. Not perfect because I am insulin resistant and mildly hypothyroid, but once I combined the B vitamins with super clean eating things starting feeling MUCH better in a hurry. NOT a cleanse. In what I had the added stress of a fasting type diet would have made it work. Just clean. Organic, no sugar, white stuff, artificial stuff etc.

Mango30
10-08-2009, 01:42 PM
Good point Ennay, a lack of B vitamins can make you feel lethargic. B vitamins are water soluable so you need to get more of them in your diet because they are not stored in your fats for later use like fat soluable vits are. Taking a multi could help. but you can get your levels checked with a blood test and a doctor can either prescribe you a multi with b's in it or they can give you a b-vit jab.

willa
10-09-2009, 03:56 PM
Thank you everyone for your answers

@ bargoo : no but I might do that because my father has it and my mother's sisters too. :?:

@ hope4me : I will ask for that too when I will meet my Dr, if I can get an appointment soon, she is sooo hard to meet...

@ Mango30 : no I havent checked with the Drs who prescribed me the medicine because each time they were different Drs. I havent moved from any city to another either.

@ mamaspank : The Mastercleanse diet scares me... I will try a 1 week cleanser, a friend told me about one at GNC with acai berries in it.

@ ennay : you have a point there... last time my blood was checked, my Dr told me I had a lack of B12. I also have some colonic troubles and I'm followed on that. I may check about it because it might be related, like the Celiac disease... :yikes:

I know for sure that eating better will help my health, I don't eat enough fruits and vegetables per day, that's a fact...

ennay
10-11-2009, 01:45 PM
I think the interesting thing to me was that for the last 18 months I have really struggled, not only with energy, but with this pattern of work work work to take off one pound and then ONE bad day and I would get 3-4 lbs. Water weight you say? No, because water weight eventually goes away. I was also struggling with no real ability to stay on my eating plan. I kept trying to toss in external motivators like a "diet buddy" or "weight loss challenge" and nothing was keeping me on the path. 25 lbs later...

A couple weeks on these vitamins and suddenly I have no interest in eating crap. My motivation is internal (which is where it needs to be) My hunger level is much lower so instead of struggling to stay below 2000 calories, I am comfortable with 1400-1600. And the scale is MOVING.

I am also doing some reading on leptin and ghrelin control and foods to support thyroid function and have made a lot of changes there as well.

Bonus, my skin has cleared up, my wrinkles have diminished and my nails look like I have acrylics.

MTA: I am also taking Garlic, vitamin D and vitamin C. Now because of my thyroid this week I am adding selenium and zinc and for general health fishoil. But I think eliminating artificial crap has done a lot.

willa
10-11-2009, 06:28 PM
Interesting!

I started taking B12 supplements last spring but as everything I start, I didnt finish the bottle... I need a kick in the butt. lolll

ennay
10-12-2009, 12:32 AM
ok, the zinc is going. I am typically deficient in zinc. But the damn supplements are so high they make me sick and zinc is dangerous. Why dont they have nice safe 5 mg pills? Zinc rich foods are just hard for me.

I'm also scratching the selenium for now. I dont like what I read on overdoses of that. I was going to do zinc on one day and selenium on another but I am doing ok with selenium intake. Glad I spent all the $$ BEFORE doing the research.

squeak351
10-12-2009, 12:22 PM
Willa a lack of b12 will defintely make you tired! You really should have those levels drawn again. Your doctor may give you b12 injections, which should make you feel better pretty quick. Or they may have you take those supplements. Don't be lazy with them, if your deficent you need to take them.

squeak351
10-12-2009, 12:23 PM
ohhh... and here's a KICK in the butt! lol for not finishing the bottle.

willa
10-13-2009, 01:39 PM
ok, the zinc is going. I am typically deficient in zinc. But the damn supplements are so high they make me sick and zinc is dangerous. Why dont they have nice safe 5 mg pills? Zinc rich foods are just hard for me.

I'm also scratching the selenium for now. I dont like what I read on overdoses of that. I was going to do zinc on one day and selenium on another but I am doing ok with selenium intake. Glad I spent all the $$ BEFORE doing the research.

Did you talk to your doctor before trying these supplements???

ohhh... and here's a KICK in the butt! lol for not finishing the bottle.

OUCH! hahaha

I finally have my appointment for the allergies tests...
I was going to try in a private clinic (here hospitals and clinics are free, unless you go private) to pass quicker, but saddly they don't do medecine allergies :mad:

So, I got my appointment, but it's on december 23rd!!!
What a shame! And I had to accept this one, because after that it goes to APRIL 2010!!!!!!

I tried stopping taking the benadryls yesterday, I woke up this morning with a bloated face and red patches coming back on my knees. So... am I supposed to stay on Benadryl until my appointment in December? The lady told me I could try Reactines... but between me and you guys, a girl get's tired of taking medecine everyday. :?:

If I stop the Benadryls for real, I know all the patches (from the Penicillin allergy) will come back and I'll have to go to the Dr, and I am 100% sure they wont know what to do except from taking an appointment with the Allergies clinic...

I am MAD. :mad::mad::mad:

ennay
10-13-2009, 05:09 PM
Oh jeez no wonder you are tired, benedryl is a sleeping pill.

willa
10-13-2009, 09:43 PM
I know!!! o_0

For the last weeks, I've been abusing on the Red Bull... I need to stay awake and these pills don't help. At all.

squeak351
10-14-2009, 10:24 AM
hmmmm... interesting..

benadryl is an antihistamine. Is there another antihistamine that you can take instead?

I know I can not take Benadryl unless absolutely necessary. It makes me groggy and drugged feeling for 3 whole days afterward. And that's just one pill. I am super sensitive to drugs.

how long had you been taking the benadryl? When did you take the PCN? It should have cleared up as soon as the PCN was out of your system. If you are still having red patches and breaking out then possibly you are allergic to something else.


Willa you are a puzzle. I hope someone can figure it out for ya.

willa
10-14-2009, 02:10 PM
My health is very problematic right now, but at least my cysts under my right arm are ''keeping it cool'' right now. (In the past 3 years I had 3 surgeries to remove cysts and a lipoma the size of my fist). It's not ''inflammed'', doesnt hurt too much, so at least on that side I'm feeling alright.

The lady at the clinic (allergies) told me I could take Reactine instead, but in the past it didnt work for me.

I'm still taking Benadryl but only one per day instead of one each 6h...
The same lady didnt know what to tell me about the patches coming back, she was clueless, never heard of a case like mine before. o_0

I guess I'll have to take a Benadryl a day until december 23rd...
I don't know what else I could be allergic too.. I havent change anything in my nutrition (no new food), no new body wash and stuff like that, and the only other medecine I take is Diane 35.

ennay
10-14-2009, 08:42 PM
My MIL had to take 50mg of Benedryl a day because she was allergic to the only medication that worked for a serious problem. That and 3-4 pots of coffee. Seriously the woman was a zombie before the first pot. Her whole life operated in slo-mo. Eventually they found a different med, but not for about 20 years.

willa
10-15-2009, 10:10 AM
Omg... the poor woman!

But thank you ennay for this info, I guess I can stay on it for a while...

Sasafrass
10-19-2009, 04:12 PM
Just a few years ago, I started to develop allergies to perfumes. Had never had this in my life. This may be happening to you. I had to change my laundry detergent, fabric softner and body soap. Nothing with perfumes. I literally spend $35 a jar for a natural olive based body wash. It's the only thing that doesn't give me a rash.

I hope that isn't your issue, but it might be. We grow in and out of allergies all of our life. This one is truly a bummer.

Good luck!

Thighs Be Gone
10-19-2009, 04:14 PM
willa, I know it sounds like some wacky, quick fix...but how is your eating? how many fruits and veggies are you getting? lean proteins?

willa
10-20-2009, 09:22 AM
Just a few years ago, I started to develop allergies to perfumes. Had never had this in my life. This may be happening to you. I had to change my laundry detergent, fabric softner and body soap. Nothing with perfumes. I literally spend $35 a jar for a natural olive based body wash. It's the only thing that doesn't give me a rash.

I hope that isn't your issue, but it might be. We grow in and out of allergies all of our life. This one is truly a bummer.

Good luck!

About my allergies I will know about it in december, it's far farrrr yet :mad:
But I will make sure to be tested to common stuff too, not only penicillin, because in the past I reacted to Pepto Bismol and also I reacted twice to hair Perm stuff, you know when you get your hair colored and they use the perm stuff to remove the stains? It was a BAD reaction... I took pics, I look like an alien

willa, I know it sounds like some wacky, quick fix...but how is your eating? how many fruits and veggies are you getting? lean proteins?

I know for sure I dont eat enough fruits and vegs, as for proteins I have enough

jendiet
10-30-2009, 11:29 PM
I believe a good liver cleanse is in order. Yes I agree with the B vitamins, but if your metabolism is being sluggish because of your liver--the pills aren't going to be much help.

I take liquid B12 myself. Because I am in the nursing program and I personally HAVE TO GET A'S. Talk about stress. The Liquid B's keep me human. It is best to take liquid B's when You are very depleted--or even a B shot. But liquid B's should help immediately. You drop them under your tongue--hold for 30 seconds. Then, you swallow.

Our livers are amazing, but they need a work up--because frankly we abuse them. I love this product called Smart Cleanse. Most liver products are generally harmless to MOST people. The Smart Cleanse also has a very GENTLE colon cleanse system. My mom's side has lots of trouble with colon things...and I have tried ALOT of products--this really is gentle but effective.

An increase in allergies--is usually a sign your liver is having a hard time keeping up. If the liver can't process something, it stores it, then develops histamines to protect ITSELF from those allergens. You react to more and more histamines-therefore you need more and more antihistamines.

JulieJ08
10-30-2009, 11:43 PM
An increase in allergies--is usually a sign your liver is having a hard time keeping up. If the liver can't process something, it stores it, then develops histamines to protect ITSELF from those allergens. You react to more and more histamines-therefore you need more and more antihistamines.

I think that is rather mixed up. Inability of the liver to process something does not make it an allergen. Allergens are those things that cause antibodies, which are produced by the immune system, not the liver. The liver doesn't store allergens. Histamine (singular) promotes inflammation in a fairly general way. There are not multiple histamines corresponding to different allergens. Nor are there different histamines corresponding to different antihistamines.

jendiet
10-31-2009, 12:58 AM
I am very aware of how the immune system functions. I never said there are specific antihistamines for the histamines your body produces (several forms in several pathways) I was stating the liver creates its own HISTAMINES to protect itself from damage by the toxins it cannot process. And yes these toxins can be allergens to the body. This agitates the immune system of the person even more. there is much study done about the liver creating anaphylactic shock in a few species. Also there are numerous reports of allergies being transferred to patients AFTER liver transplants from patients who had the specific allergy (how can this happen if the liver is not storing allergens????)A biochemist naturopath--started helping people with allergies based on the allergen-liver histamine premise I stated--and it has helped alot of people. The world of medicine is only now beginning to learn about the liver's use of histamines for regeneration. So I think the biochemist was onto something.


Here is a little bit of reading material for those interested.

http://www.liversupport.com/wordpress/2007/02/impact-of-allergies-and-chemical-sensitivity-on-liver-health/

of course what I state is NOT medical advice. Although I think if there is supporting documentation for an existing problem you have; it would be good to look into.

elladarling
10-31-2009, 10:26 PM
hey-

I'm celiac and hypothyroid. I "know" tired. Made sure they check you for celiac when you get to your long awaited appointment. (don't feel bad about the long wait- I live in the US, have "good" insurance, and was lucky to get into my endo on December 31st when I made an appointment yesterday.) Maybe cut back on the Benedryl or take more at night and less during the day?

willa
11-02-2009, 05:16 PM
I'm in a rush right now but I will take a look at what's been writen lately here, thank you, again, everyone for your answers.

I cut a bit on the Benadryl, I take one a day, and sometimes skip a day
But just thinking about it right now makes my itchy hahaha

willa
02-22-2010, 06:13 PM
Well well... since I last posted, I had news from doctors

They didnt find why I reacted so bad to Penicillin but they found that I am allergic to : cats, dogs, some trees and acarids

They made me pass tests to understand why I always catch bronchitis and colds : it seems I have asthma... :stars:

How come, in 29 years, I never knew I had this???
It explains a lot, that's a fact.

I am supposed to have news from my Dr about these tests in a couple of weeks.

Now, I have to get in shape... :carrot: