Why do they call it that?
This is day eight for me with a cold and all the symptoms that come along with it. I am afraid that I will blow my brains out through my nose, or even worse, cough up a lung. I’ve been treating my symptoms with DayQuil/Nyquil but I’m still miserable.
So what can a body with autoimmune issues do? Just like normal people, nothing really except treat the symptoms.
With Addison’s Disease something as common as the “Common Cold” can quickly lead you into the horrible world of the ER. Because I take steroids everyday to treat my adrenal insufficiency, my body is less able to fight off infection. With a fever or without enough fluids a body can quickly dehydrate, which has always been a big problem for me. With the “dehydration monsters” present you risk low potassium and low sodium, which can take me down the slippery road to an “Addisonian Crisis”. A very unpleasant place to find yourself.
So, my advice to anyone visited by the common cold this winter is to
- Rest, rest, rest
- Drink Plenty of fluids
- Try to eat something
- Watch for a fever
- Take whatever OTC “symptom killer” that you think might help (I like Nyquil, it helps me sleep)
- Wash your hands often to prevent spreading germs
- See your doctor if needed
If you have adrenal insuffiency increase your steroid dose as recommemded by your physician.
My doctor has advised me what to do when I am sick, and you must check with your own physician to get a recommendation for you.
Remember we are all different!
I have secondary adrenal insufficiency, and individuals that are primary or with other adrenal issues MUST talk to their doctor about their own treatment. I am not a Doctor.
Haven’t had a decent day since Christmas, and then yesterday I woke up with swollen glands, a sore throat and a stuffy head. Still fell shitty today but no fever, and I don’t feel worse than yesterday so I will try and ride it out. If I start running a temp or feel this move to my chest then I will go see my doctor.
I really thought that the cooler temperatures would bring me relief, and it has, but I am unrealistic in thinking that I would feel 100%. My muscle discomfort has been increasing on some days, but I can certainly live with it. It’s the Addison symptoms that are pulling me down.
Next appontment with endo is at the beginning of March. I will talk to her about vitamin B-12 levels and my enlarged red blood cells. The possibility of Pernicious anemia is ever present because of my history of Addison’s, Crohn’s, bowel surgery and some of my meds. Autoimmune monsters working all the time, they need to take a vacation. We believe that my Father had it, and that increases my chances. A doctor at Univ of Chicago Hospital told me once that I didn’t have PA then, but I will get it eventually. Way to make a patient feel better huh? (You feel like shit now Lady…but it is gonna get way worse).
I want my neurologist to do some more testing to see if I really have a seizure disorder. This was diagnosed only through an EEG, as I never had symptoms of recall having a seizure. The diagnosis has always been a mystery to me, and I just want him to run some tests again. I hate the medication…it is expensive and has too many side effects.
At my last endo visit I talked to her about starting Armour instead of levothyroxine for my hypothyroid. She was against it, but I will tell her I really want to experiment with it. Everyone I know that has taken Armour…including my Hasimoto-Sister, says they feel much better when they are on it. We shall see.
This was the second Christmas without my Mom. Her empty chair at the dining room table seemed to affect us all. One of my Sister’s friends told her that after the third Christmas it gets easier. Hmmm.
My “so-called” resolutions for 2012 are to:
- Drink less Diet Pepsi, and more water. Sounds easy enough.
- Resolve the seizure and Pernicious Anemia questions
- Get some peace back in my life by resolving some family stuff
- Blog more (This is on every blogger’s list of resolutions)
- AND…rid my house, basement, garage, and storage locker of STUFF, JUNK and CRAP *The men in this house have a problem*
I am going to take a nap now.