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    [Weakened immune system?]

    Author: Karla (---.proxy.aol.com)

    Date: 08-13-02 08:10

    Hi, All,

    Haven't written on the boards lately - but, I read them daily! A quick question...Was just wondering if having HCM weakens your immune system. My husband - he has the HCM - seems to catch every 'bug' lately and it hits him really hard. Any thoughts on this?

    Karla

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    [Re: Weakened immune system?]

    Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

    Date: 08-13-02 11:59

    Dear Karla

    When your heart doesn't work very well, it is possible for colds and flu to "hit harder" but just having HCM won't increase your chance of contracting anything. However, my doctor always wants me to get a flu shot every year and you do need to premedicate at the dentist's office.

    Hubby should wash his hands more often, especially around sick people, as stats have shown that this reduces your chance of getting "a bug" substantially.

    take care,

    Sarah

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    [Re: Weakened immune system?]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 08-14-02 09:11

    Hi,

    After years of getting "sick" every few weeks (yes weeks) I went to an infectious disease specialist (the same docs that tok care of me 12 years ago with the endocarditis). They ran every test you could imagine from the HIV test on down... All came back normal or negitive (a few little things were high end normal or slightly up...but nothing that would compromise my immune system.) After evaluation it was suggested that I try to improve my diet (which was mostly chick, fish and veggies!) and get what ever exersise I could. So what I did do was cut out most carbs, suger and ALL fast food ..which was a once a month if that thing if that. Walked as much as I could/can --always on a flat area..although I must admit I prefer the Mall AND>>>>

    Well that was in the spring and I have (knock on wood) not had any "upper resp.", sinus infections, ear infections, loss of voice or any other "Bugs" since (even though those around me did). I have no idea why and I will not get my hopes up to high until the winter as I get most of my problems in the fall-winter.

    So talk to your doc, get some blood work to make sure that there is no other problems and then....reevalutate the "simple" life style" issues such as diet and excersise and maybe that will help.

    Good luck!

    Lisa

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    [Re: Weakened immune system?]

    Author: Matt (---.disney.com)

    Date: 08-14-02 15:44

    Thought you might be interested in what happened to me this year. I don't know if this was coincidence or not (probably was), but I got a sinus infection the beginning of this year. I went to the GP and he gave me antibiotics which helped a lot but then soon after I was done, the infection returned full-force.

    Then one day I realized that the problem started about the same time I bought one of those fancy Oral-B vibrating "professional" toothbrushes. I stopped using it and I haven't had an infection since. Weird huh?

    Matt

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    [Re: Weakened immune system?]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 08-14-02 17:28

    I would say that is weird...but the real question is how well can those "pro" toothbrushes be cleaned?? I go through toothbrushes every month, because of the chance of bacteria growth. Most likely being over cautious...after endocarditis I am very careful with my teeth!

    But Matt you may be on to something.

    Lisa

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    [Re: Weakened immune system?]

    Author: susan (---.217.OVG.vol.com)

    Date: 08-14-02 20:23

    i think i commented about a week immune system when i first found HCMA. well since then i have found out a lot of new things. i was diagnosed with acid reflux and restrickted airflow by a pulmanary doctor. since i have been treated for both i have not had a sinus infection, ear infection, upper resperitory infection or the common cold in about 2 months. i was getting sick every other week. i am also thought to have sleep apnea which i will be tested for this weekend. oh joy. the pulmanary doctor told me that acid reflux can cause you to have a lot of upper resperitory and sinus infections, isn't that amazing. we learn something new every day.

    susan
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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