Jump to content


Did you know that exercise increases inflammation in systemic sclerosis?


Photo

The Flu


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 annkd

annkd

    Silver Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 172 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, Ca.

Posted 30 March 2011 - 11:28 AM

Well, I am not a happy camper. I caught THE FLU. What about the shot I got? The doctor said it wasn't doing a good job this year. Great. My nose is clogged, as well as my ears. Throat is sore. I ache all over. I can't sleep because I can't breath. I have to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes because of the antibiotic the doctor put me on. And I think I'm coming down with a fibro flare. I thought that because spring was in the air I was going to get out there and enjoy life. I have a question. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how clear my nose a bit and unplug my ears? I can't take many decongestive medications due to my high blood pressure. I have a Neti Pot but that isn't helping. I appreciate any suggestions you can pass my way. Back to my pity party. :emoticon-insomnia: - Ann

#2 Sweet

Sweet

    Platinum Member

  • ISN Support Specialists
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,892 posts

Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

Oh Ann, I'm sorry! I have another friend that her entire family is down with the flu, although she didn't get the vaccine. I was going to suggest a nasal rinse but I see you've already tried it. Sometime eating spicy food will get things moving, you know, make your nose run, but I don't know how your GERD is. That might not be an option for you. Hang in there! :sorry:
Warm and gentle hugs,

Pamela
ISN Support Specialist
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

#3 Jeannie McClelland

Jeannie McClelland

    Senior Gold Member

  • ISN Support Specialists
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,706 posts
  • Location:in the Rocky Mountains of the USA

Posted 30 March 2011 - 01:17 PM

Oooh, Ann, yuck~ My flu shot didn't work either. When my head felt like it was going to explode, I had a hot drink (lemon and water) and then immediately stuck my head under a towel over a bowl of steaming water and a dollop of one of those salves that are usually rubbed on the chest. If I could get my nose to run, that relieved the congestion pressure for a while before I needed to repeat the treatment.

I hope you feel much better real soon so when spring really gets going you can get out and enjoy it.
Jeannie McClelland
(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services
(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager
(Retired) ISN Blog Manager
(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide
(Retired) ISN Artist
International Scleroderma Network

#4 Joelf

Joelf

    Star Ruby Member

  • ISN Root Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,610 posts
  • Location:West Sussex

Posted 30 March 2011 - 02:14 PM

Hi Ann,

Sorry to hear that you're suffering the misery of having the flu; it really is the total pits and it's also particularly galling that you've caught it despite having the vaccine.

The hot lemon and water that Jeannie recommends sounds a very good idea; I'm afraid I can't think of anything else that doesn't include more medication but I really hope that you will soon feel very much better.

Jo Frowde
ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster
ISN Sclero Forums Manager
ISN News Manager

ISN Hotline Support Specialist
ISN Chat Host
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)


#5 annkd

annkd

    Silver Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 172 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, Ca.

Posted 30 March 2011 - 02:15 PM

Jeannie, I will give that a try. What a week I am having. I wonder how long this lasts? How long did it last for you?
Sweet, I will have to pass on the spicy food idea - kind of sounds good, I miss being able to eat spicy food, but the end result (no pun intended) would not be pleasant.

Thanks ladies!

#6 Shelley Ensz

Shelley Ensz

    Root Administrator

  • ISN Root Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,275 posts
  • Location:Minnesota

Posted 30 March 2011 - 03:02 PM

Hi Ann,

I'm sorry you have the flu. It's doubly hard being sick on top of sick, isn't it? I also do the "face steaming" trick that Jeannie mentioned. I sometimes add whole cloves or cinnamon sticks (or both) to the water so that if it clears things out enough, I can actually smell something, and meanwhile, the house smells deceptively nice, as though I've been cooking. It also works as a delightful facial so you get double-pampered! Just be careful so you are gently steaming, and not burning or frying, your face. It can be repeated as often as necessary, so I steam many times per day (and night) when I have colds or flu. And a teaspoon of honey to help any cough, or honey in tea. But be careful so you don't use caffeinated tea when you want to sleep.

My husband and I both got a stomach flu (different from yours of course) a few weeks ago. He ended up hospitalized for it, and I was too sick to even pick him up when he was discharged. The doctor said he could have stayed in the hospital another day, if he wanted, but he wanted to hurry home to take care of me. Yes, he is an absolute sweetheart and no, he cannot be cloned. Anyway, the only good to come out of it is that misery sure does love company and we didn't have to explain to each other what it was like.

Here's some extra hugs for you while you languish in the recovery process.

:emoticons-group-hug:
Warm Hugs,

Shelley Ensz
Founder and President
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)
Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

#7 enjoytheride

enjoytheride

    Senior Silver Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 367 posts

Posted 30 March 2011 - 09:58 PM

Oh no- I thought I was armoured against the flu because I got the shot. It sounds terrible.
I like the nasal plastic bootle better because it can sort of be repeated sprayed into the nose so it sort of works it's way into the sinus.
I also believe, with the thought my mother gave me, that chicken soup works well. It at the least is warm and comforting and still well with me when I don't want to eat anything else. It also provides hydration. And my Mom said so............
I hope you get past this fast. Spring is really coming and you need to be well to enjoy it.

#8 erika

erika

    Silver Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 106 posts

Posted 31 March 2011 - 04:35 AM

Breathe easy nasal strips may help the congestion. Buy it in the pharmacy. Just stick it on your nose on the right place. It opens the soft nasal tissue.

Erika

#9 annkd

annkd

    Silver Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 172 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, Ca.

Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:59 AM

I want you all to know that I've experimented with some of your ideas and the breathing in the steam, tea with lemon and honey worked best so far. Last night I woke up choking and it was scary because I could not catch my breath. I am alone so I didn't have anyone to shout out to so I got into a VERY hot shower and closed all the doors. It steamed up and I just sat in there for about 30 minutes. I calmed down and my nasal passages opened up. I am a complete prune because I have had to repeat this two more times. I am calling the doctor when his office opens. It really gave me a scare. Hopefully he will have some suggestions and at least let me know if this is par for the course with this flu. Thanks all! -Ann :sickly:

#10 Jeannie McClelland

Jeannie McClelland

    Senior Gold Member

  • ISN Support Specialists
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,706 posts
  • Location:in the Rocky Mountains of the USA

Posted 31 March 2011 - 01:21 PM

Very scary! Let us know ASAP what the doctor says and, if necessary, the urgent care clinic would be a good idea. ;)

Are you trying to sleep sitting up? That might help or you could try holding on to a chair for balance and bending forward as if you were trying to touch your knees with your head. If there is any loose mucus it should drain it towards your mouth and you might be able to cough it up and out. Don't try that though if there is any danger of losing your balance.

Here's a hug to help you along: :emoticon-hug:
Jeannie McClelland
(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services
(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager
(Retired) ISN Blog Manager
(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide
(Retired) ISN Artist
International Scleroderma Network

#11 uknlv18

uknlv18

    Silver Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 155 posts

Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:02 PM

Hi Ann, I had the same thing when I had a really bad cough/flu, it is very scary as you can not seem to get in a breath! The steam seemed to work the best for me and making sure I slept well propped up or sitting up stopped the choking in the night, it is that nasty phlem going down your throat that chokes you. I would suggest lots of orange juice for the vitamin C as long as it doesn't affect your stomach badly. My brother always eats really hot peppers to open up his sinus when he is sick, but that would make me even worse with the stomach! Hope you start feeling better soon!


:emoticon-hug:

Jean

#12 annkd

annkd

    Silver Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 172 posts
  • Location:Sacramento, Ca.

Posted 01 April 2011 - 08:15 AM

I talked with the doctor yesterday and he said the best thing is the steam shower (which I do find the most helpful since it helps to relax my whole body). He also prescribed a strong cough suppressant. My body is so sore from the coughing. He told me I could come in anytime. Jeannie, I liked your idea of Urgent Care as there is one very near me. The choking has quieted down but if it returns I can go over there (it is much closer than my doctor). My goodness this has been a wild ride, I will be glad when I can sleep lying down and talk without coughing. Thanks for all your wonderful suggestions and support. I feel like you are all here helping to take care of me! :emoticons-thankyou: - Ann

#13 Jeannie McClelland

Jeannie McClelland

    Senior Gold Member

  • ISN Support Specialists
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,706 posts
  • Location:in the Rocky Mountains of the USA

Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:07 AM

You know we'd all be there if we could, but we might not all fit in your kitchen and would probably be arguing about how thin to slice the lemons. :lol:
Jeannie McClelland
(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services
(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager
(Retired) ISN Blog Manager
(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide
(Retired) ISN Artist
International Scleroderma Network