Why do I get sick so often?
December 12, 2005 12:41 PM Subscribe
I've been sick a lot in the last two years. And not just cold sick, I've had pneumonia and bronchitis at least 4 times a year. It seems to be triggered by physical work.
posted by joaniemcchicken to Health & Fitness (18 answers total)
I'm 49 years old, and I have been feeling lousy for the last year. I keep getting sick. I am about 40 pounds overweight, and I have, several times, started exercise programs that I love and begin to do really well at. Like bike riding and spinning classes. But, every single time, about 3-5 weeks into my program, I come down with a major illness. Usually bronchitis, pneumonia or the flu. It takes, easily, three weeks to recover, and then I'm weak and out of shape and lose interest. I have tried starting slower, pacing myself, vitamins, healthy eating. I'm going to my doctor today because, once again I have a serious infection of some kind. My tempurature is at 102 and climbing. I just survived something like this three weeks ago. But, I don't think my doctor's going to believe that there's a connection. And I can't blame him. It sounds nuts! But, dammit, it's true. I can't pretend it's not related. Has anyone ever heard of this? Could a person have some kind of compromised immune system that is worsened by strenuous (for me) physical activity? I know no one here is a doctor, but I'm hoping someone here has experienced this or knows someone who has.