Why have I been getting sick so easily since moving to San Francisco?
February 22, 2014 8:33 PM Subscribe
I moved to San Francisco 7-8 months ago. Ever since then I have found myself getting sick unusually easily. The illnesses I get tend to have the same set of symptoms: heightened temperature/fever, lack of energy, sniffles, sneezing and this kind of warm sick feeling in my body. They tend to be made worse by stress and are often triggered by working hard on things. (Which is really unfortunate because I want to be working a lot harder on my projects than I am right now!) If you've got any wild guess as to what might be going on, please share it!
posted by astrofinch to Health & Fitness (31 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
One hypothesis that occurred to me is that I was deficient in Vitamin D--SF is a foggy city, I was living in a dark room for a while, and I don't do that many outdoor activities aside from riding my kick scooter some on my way to and from work. Supplementing Vitamin D seemed to help to some degree; I've heard that sunlight has other beneficial effects aside from promoting Vitamin D synthesis so I've been trying to sunbathe more.
I also wonder if there is something about the home I live in or the office I work in that is resulting in me getting sick unusually easily. I work in an open-plan office and it seems like sickness spreads through the office fairly easily. The house I live in was built a while ago but it's not super old.
I've been mildly depressed and sleep-deprived, but there were periods of my life in the past where I was much more depressed and much more sleep-deprived and I didn't get as sick then as I've been getting now.