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Forum Name: Viral Infections
|stitchingfan - Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:21 am||
38 year old female from the UK. Suffered a moderate burn-out in autumn 2007 (still rather run down and 'delicate'), no other significant history.
I've been ill with 'flu almost incessantly all this year so far. It last the usual 2+ weeks, then I'm tired for a week or more, but still with some infection signs. It usually breaks out again within a couple more weeks. I'm running out of ideas on how to break free of it. Any help you can offer me? Thanks in advance.
|John Kenyon, CNA - Fri May 15, 2009 9:16 pm||
You're having symptoms of a recurrent viral infection. Either you've contracted one of the persistent, slow-to-leave viruses like mononucleosis/Epstein-Barr, or your immune system has been compromised (by burnout perhaps -- stress can do this) and the only way to be certian which it is would be to have the appropriate blood tests to rule out mono/EB virus. If neither of these is present then you may have a stress-related adrenal exhaustion with concomitant immunity compromise, which often will respond to the same measures as mono, which are rest, special care to insure good nutrition, and sometimes megavitamin therapy, even though this last is not medically recognized generally. But first you have to determine if it is a single virus or some underlying disorder that's compromising your immunity. There are a number of these,mostly autoimmune diseases, and sometimes they, too, can be triggered by prolonged stress.
I hope this is helpful. Good luck to you with this and please follow up with us here as needed.
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