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    Default Constantly sick, any suggestions whats causing it?

    Hi all,
    Looking for suggestions of things to try to help with near constant illnesses.

    I have kids in school and preschool and I work not quite full time in a reasonably busy job in IT where I have to touch other people's keyboards a fair bit. I also catch public transport (unavoidable). My kids never get sick. DH sometimes does, but not as much as me. Its not possible to reduce my hours and I cant afford not to work at all.

    For the past 4 years or so I have on and off been sick with chest infections / colds / viruses. It will be literally for 3 months straight, then I will get better for a couple of months, then the illness starts again.
    I have a lot of congestion, and get a blocked nose, sore throat, cough up lots of gunk, very tired and woozy, and get a headache. I usually take lots of nurofen and drink heaps of coffee and force myself to go to work, because if I didn't I would lose my job for too many sick days. When I go to the doctor sometimes I will get antibiotics (I only take these if Ive given it time to get better and I'm still coughing up loads of yellow gunk (sorry for TMI). I try hard not to take them unless the doc tells me I need them because I know about resistance. Ive had a few courses of steroids too.

    I have never smoked, I eat extremely healthy, I don't drink too much alcohol but do drink plenty of water, and when I am not too unwell I exercise every day. I am not a good sleeper, I do try because I know that's important but I don't sleep well, and I drink too much coffee because I couldn't function otherwise. Ive tried taking multivitamins, zinc, vit c, olive leaf, probiotic, Echinacea, iron, vit D, probiotics, you name it. I'm fastidious with hand hygiene. I don't have asthma. I do get hayfever but tried loads of different things for it so I'm sure that's not the cause of my issues. I am not depressed either (yet)

    I have had blood tests for iron, thyroid, blood sugar, cholesterol, vit D... all came back perfect (I'm extremely healthy apparently ). I am going to ask a doctor for my immune function to be checked. The doctors don't seem to take me that seriously when I say that I'm sick once they know I'm a working mum of young kids

    If you have got this far, any suggestions on what else could be causing this? I seriously feel like I'm going mad!!!
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    Your symptoms sound like mine when I consume dairy. If you're never passing your germs on it's possible your symptoms are a food intolerance of some sort.

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    Thanks for the response. That's an interesting thought. I suppose I could try giving up dairy for a while. I did think about allergies, but then I have periods where I am well for a couple of months, and my diet is staying the same.

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    That's exactly how it worked for me...would feel congested and sick, get better, then would get congested and sick, then get better...no dietary changes. I went to a naturopath who took me off dairy and other foods for 6 months. Dairy is my trigger. I can eat cheese no dramas these days, but as soon as I have an icecream I am congested and sick the next day for a week or so. I don't bother with icecream anymore. It's not worth it.

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    Have you considered it may be a chronic sinus infection/inflammation that is just flaring up and settling back down? You've said you get hay fever which could be contributing. The excess mucus (flared up by a virus, allergy etc) drains to the chest causing a cough (post nasal drip).
    Chronic sinusitis is very difficult to get rid of. You could try a steroid nasal spray for a minimum of 8 weeks, with a nasal irrigation every day. You can get both over the counter at the chemist.
    It's inexpensive and may be worth a try for a set period of time eg: 6-8 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey82 View Post
    Have you considered it may be a chronic sinus infection/inflammation that is just flaring up and settling back down? You've said you get hay fever which could be contributing. The excess mucus (flared up by a virus, allergy etc) drains to the chest causing a cough (post nasal drip).
    Chronic sinusitis is very difficult to get rid of. You could try a steroid nasal spray for a minimum of 8 weeks, with a nasal irrigation every day. You can get both over the counter at the chemist.
    It's inexpensive and may be worth a try for a set period of time eg: 6-8 weeks.
    The doctor mentioned post nasal drip at one stage. I was prescribed Sudafed! It helped but then I was better for about 2 days then sick again

    I have tried nasonex over a long period of time. And saline spray (is that nasal irrigation? ). Tried a few others as well - rhinocourt, beconase etc. They do help but don't seem to stop me getting sick again.

    what you mentioned does sound quite on the mark though. Thanks for your suggestions. Off to google more about sinusitis

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    Dairy was my first thought too. I had congestion, red itchy eyes and hay fever for years. Thousands of dollars on specialists and medications, various eye drops taken daily and multiple antihistamines. Nothing worked.

    I read something about dairy, cut it out and my eyes (which were the worst affected) cleared up in a week. The change was unbelievable and if it hadn't happened to me, I wouldn't have believed it!

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    Rosey I did a bit of reading about chronic sinusitis and I'm almost sure that's what I have!! Every single symptom fits! Particularly the pain at the front of the face near the eyebrows, that's exactly where I get headaches! And it would explain why the GP cant understand how 'sick' I feel, because they look at your throat and listed to your chest.
    I am going to ask my GP to refer me to an ENT. I'm so excited that I might have found the answer!!!

    Thanks so, so, so much for posting! And thanks to those who suggested about dairy. That will be my next thing to try if the ENT says nothing is wrong.

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    Sounds like a good plan. You could try the sinus irrigation while you wait for an ENT appointment, it's a bottle plus sachets of salt you make up with water - you squirt the solution up your nose, it flushes out the sinuses and comes out the other side. Sounds gross but I've used them and the relief is amazing.

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