why do I get sick so easily?
January 29, 2010 7:15 PM Subscribe
Is there something wrong with my immune system? I'm generally a healthy person, I eat well and exercise. But if there's ever a case where I have to briefly expose myself to some additional stress, I'm almost guaranteed to come down with a flu-like illness that puts me out for 3 or 4 days.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I try to avoid stress in life, but it's not possible to do so at all times. It's frustrating to have just one small incident trigger getting sick. Because of this problem, I'm sick often, at least once a month.
Here's an example: I have been sleeping normally for an entire month, but last night I had to make an exception, working until 4am and waking up at 8am. So today, I'm sick and will be so for 2-3 more days.
Some other examples of things that will trigger getting sick: Drinking slightly more than what will get me buzzed in one night, non-trivial work/family incidents that makes me upset/tense, being slightly underdressed in the cold for 15 minutes.
I'm wondering if there are any supplements I can take or other things that I can do to keep this from happening. I already eat very well (lots of fruits/veggies/nuts/whole grains/fish), take a multivitamin, and have a regular exercise routine (mostly aerobic).
I can't see a doctor right now, I have no health insurance and can't afford to pay cash. But I've brought this up before with doctors and they offered no advice.