Getting Sick On Top of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

It Doesn't Seem Fair, Does It?

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My throat hurts, I have a cough and body aches, and I'm running a low-grade fever. I started feeling it two days ago and just rested and took care of myself for the whole day. I felt pretty good yesterday, but apparently I over did it because I was in bad shape when I woke up this morning. It's been another day on the couch. It got me thinking about this post from a few years ago, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Blog Classic: March 16, 2009

We have fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) -- aren't we sick enough already? Yes we are, but that doesn't mean we're immune to all the bugs that go around. Whether you get a bad case of it or not, you're likely to feel it more than most people, and illness can trigger a flare. (See Preparing for a Flare.)

The best way to deal with illness is to head it off at the pass.  Take steps to keep from getting sick or to keep it from getting worse. For prevention, the best advice is avoiding sick people (if possible) and washing your hands. If frequent washing isn't an option, use hand sanitizer. (Flu vaccines are a bit controversial for us, so you have to weigh the options to see whether they're a good idea for you.)

If you feel like you're coming down with something, you may be able to keep it from getting too bad. If you're exposed to the flu or have flu symptoms (beyond what's normal with ME/CFS), get to the doctor right away.

Drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can shorten the duration or help prevent the flu. Also, talk to your doctor about any increased FMS or ME/CFS symptoms you're having and extra prescription refills that you may need.

You might also want to increase any supplements you take that boost your immune function, such as:

However, if you tend to be sensitive to meds and supplements, like many of us, it's not a good idea to start a new supplement when you're sick -- you definitely don't need a bad reaction adding to your problems!

Other than that, the best thing to do is rest, rest, rest and do what you can to manage your symptoms. For help with that, see 5 OTC Drugs to Keep in Your Medicine Cabinet.

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