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Very Low Resistance

spunky21sspunky21 Posts: 161
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:47 AM in Chronic Pain
I was wondering if others who deal with Chronic Pain have low resistence (sp?) and seem to catch everything. First of all I have not yet been able to put my medical history at the bottom of the page (I am working on that) but to make a long story short I was injured, hit my head front and back injured my neck, lower back, knee, rt. shoulder. Have undergone a Cervical Fusion C5-6-,C6-7 with plate and screws. Fusion failed and rt. vocal cord was paralysed during surgery. Had surgery on rt. rotator cuff (complete tear) now retorn. Legs very very weak making walking almost impossible. Dr rx'd wheelchair (I hate it makes me feel so depressed) Anyway I do not get out much and basically am recliner bound. Yet I have had aqua therapy, in home therapy (physical, occupational and speech).
It seems like everytime I go out mostly for dr.'s appts. I end up getting something else. Nothing major but anything on top of the pain is I guess more of a nuissance than anything. Went for a well patient check up as I moved, ended up with severe double ear infections. Haven't had them since childhood and these are really bad ones. Possible ruptured eardrum but swelling is so bad I have to go back after I complete medicines. Same time period developed an infected pinkie finger. Really odd looked as though the tip of my finger was going to fall off. Now I am getting a cold. My husband is very careful about letting people in who are sick as we figure my resistence must be low. I get very little sleep approximately two hours a night which doesn't help as I am always exhausted. I was wondering if anyone else goes through this.
I try to eat healthy, take a vitamin, never touch anything when going to drs or hospital for tests. Starting to think I need to live in a bubble and this gets very depressing. I feel like if it isn't one thing its another.
My new PCP wants to put me on something to get some sleep but my PM dr I believe feels the pain meds I am on are adequate so of course I follow his course of action.
It seems like a vicious cycle as being in constant pain and then getting sick on top of it really brings me down. I do take Cymbalta for depression and I don't think I am totally depressed just don't think I have very good luck.
If any one else is in the same boat would love to hear your situations. Maybe I can learn something.


  • I feel the same as you. I've had 2 0f 3 endoscopic spinal surgeries this month, and each time they give me antibiotics, and I have to take diflucan each time. I'm shaky and exhausted, and my pain has been very high since I only have 3 weeks in between each procedure.

    I've been taking probiotics, vitamin B6, B12, and C plus my calcuim and other supplements to help with my fusion, as I'm just starting to fuse (my fusion was last Nov).

    In my experience, and much of what I have read, chronic pain does effect your immune system, I'm sure you have read that as well.

    We have to look ahead to the hope of a brighter future. It is so important to our healing.

    Take care,

  • because if i go swimming i come back with a cold .go shopping come back with a cold etc ..its because many of us are very insular and stay at home in out almost sterile bubble so we don't pick up much environmental resistance to bugs like mr and Mrs average .i will be booking my flu shot soon
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  • Maybe getting out more is the answer? I don't know about the medical/medication side of it but I'm sure not being exposed to germs makes you more susceptable. Maybe going to the mall or store or library more often would help. Or have people over if going out is difficult.
  • I have to agree with Kris's thoughts. The more our bodies are exposed to, the less likely a nasty bug can get you. I haven't had a cold or flu in years. (thinking...shouldn't have posted that...I will get one now!)

    Have you had any tests to be sure your autoimmune system isn't compromised in some way? I hope you are able to get answers. *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Wow Jan, I didn't get your history this morning on the PM's you have been through the ringer.

    My PCP put me on Ambien- OMG- I have been sleeping through the night for the last 3 weeks. I no longer crash in my recliner during the day it has been fabulous. My pain meds were not helping me sleep at all in fact as I told my NS a few months back I felt that they have been keeping me awake. I have been saying that for years.

    At the PM clinic that I am starting next week they actually have 2 other clinics attached to it- one just to cover your vitamins and minerals (check all your levels) and a sleep clinic. It truely can be more involved.

    You might need an immune system boost- can your PCP check your various levels or reffer you to a specialist?



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  • I've read in the past that chronic pain is linked with lowered immunity. I would ask your doctor to have your blood checked to make sure that your levels are okay, you may need to supplement with vitamin D, B12, iron or something like that. I was always catching colds, but once I started taking B12 and D as my levels were low, I haven't been sick since. The lack of sleep also contributes to this, as well as stress. Anyways, it's just something to ask your doctor about. I would also stress to your PM that the pain meds are not sufficient for helping with sleep, and that your PCP has suggested a sleep aid. Tell him that you only get a couple of hours a night, it's definitely not enough to cope with everything that we have to go through daily. Hope you feel better!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • everyone for your posts. I am going to have my blood checked next week and on my slip they have checked off many of the items you have posted. So we will see where my levels are. I am just so tired of having one thing on top of the other. Handling the chronic pain due to my cervical and lumbar problems is one thing but dealing with all these other infections is driving me crazy. I just would like to have some time in between where I don't have something else going on.
    Again thank you all for your posts and words of wisdom. I thank God I found this forum you are the kindest people and so caring.
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