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Do your symptoms get worse with an infection ?

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#1 queenie


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Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:09 AM

Hi, can anyone help with this?

I have recently come down with yet another chest infection which means more antibiotics and steroids, but I have noticed with this infection that the swelling in my hands has increased and they are even more swollen and pressured and the red patches seem to be somewhat larger as if there is an infection under the skin. Also the pain in my lower legs has increased to the point of it being so painful that it is causing me problems with walking and balance as although it is painful it also seems that my legs are feeling so weak and fragile.

I was just wondering if any of you experience or have experienced this or something similar to this at times of infection. My elbows have become so tight and painful and have got that restless legs feeling right in the joint and just feel like screaming although that is not going to make any difference. I am just so fed up and wonder just how much more of this I can take. :emoticon-bang-head:

:sorry: I've gone on a bit but this is the only place I feel I am understood.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 12:25 PM

Hi Queenie,

I'm sorry you're sick on top of sick and hope you start feeling a little better soon. Here are some get a little better flowers for you.


Call or see your doctor about this. It is very likely that the steroids might be causing fluid retention (it's a typical side effect) and making your swelling much worse. Treatment for the edema might make you feel much better, at least in regard to the swollen joints. Of course, I have no medical training at all, so the most I can prescribe is to ask your doctor about it. Since you are already sick and probably don't need to be spreading any germs about, it might work to call and talk to your doctor's nurse.

Sometimes I'm able to reduce edema by eating foods with potassium, like bananas and melons, but when it gets severe generally popping a pill is easier!
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 12:47 PM

Hi Queenie,

I'm so sorry to hear that you've caught a horrible infection and are feeling so poorly.

I really do sympathise, as I also tend to get chest infections frequently, so often feel I'm taking one step forward and about six back!! :( I always blame my husband, who commutes every day and unfortunately brings lots of colds and infections home with him.....still I can't say he never gives me anything!! :rolleyes: :lol:

I think that if you're under the weather everything seems to be more uncomfortable and hard to bear. I agree with Shelley about consulting your doctor; it might be possible for him/her to prescribe something to make you feel better; I do hope so.

In the meantime here's a :emoticons-group-hug: to hopefully make you feel a little more positive.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 04:22 PM

Hi Queenie,
Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Strangely my symptoms started with infection after infection. Six months straight with testing so high for one virus after another..it was only after the dust settled that I realized that there was something else going on. My rheumatologist was on to something...but the virus brought on the worst muscle and joint pain I have ever experienced. I felt some days that I would drag myself home after work. I do believe that the infections tend to aggravate an already bad situation. I wish you all the best and hope you have a speedy recovery.. :emoticons-group-hug: Christine

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:03 PM

Hi Queenie,

It sure seems that way to me. I had a wretched virus at the beginning of the year and it was a little like the old joke about seasickness: I felt sick enough to die and was afraid I wouldn't. Once I finally got over it things slowly got back to normal, but for a while there it was bad.

I'd agree with the others about at least talking with your doctor's nurse about the edema. I hope you're feeling better soon. With spring finally on the way, you don't want to waste any of the good weather.
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#6 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:15 PM

Hello Queenie

Firstly you never need to apologise for sharing. Secondly you need to rule out the possibility of side effects making you worse so please do contact your doctor.

I was saying to my sister the other day that it's the little things that get you were you live, the things that won't kill you but you wish they would! We get a lot of that here!

Take care and keep posting.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:18 PM

Hello Queenie

I don't have anything further to add but I definitely agree, it's time for a doctors visit perhaps.
Sending good wishes your way!