Anyone else had a cold?

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This is going to sound weird but has anyone else suffered with a cold while having cfs?

I was under the impression that you couldnt get a cold with this illness. but for the past 2 weeks i have suffered badly. It was difficult to know what was my "normal"tired and what was a cold tired.

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    Hi Caroline, yep I have just got over a stinker of a cold that had me in bed permanently for a week...normally I manage some time out of it!

    Never heard that CFS/ME sufferers don't get colds🤔.


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    Hi Caroline

    Yea I get cold after cold after cold, especially in the autumn/winter months. Then there's the allergies. All manner of lovely mucus parties combined with the exacerbation of symptoms. It's actually reached the point that I couldn't tell you if I have a cold or not. The only time I can turn round and say yes I have a cold is when it's bordering on flu. Lol.

    Best bet is to just take things day by day and listen to what your body needs. You'll know soon enough what's normal for you and what's not.

    Hope that's been helpful.


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    Absolutely. Its like there are layers. You have your CFS layer, a fatigue illness which makes you more or less permanently feel fluey, post-viral. On top of that, unfortunately, you can get infections: viral and secondary bacterial infections. Finally, on a layer below ME, you have complications and other maladies unique to you which you may have had from childhood, or which are acquired during the natural ageing process: I receive medication for: high cholesterol, asthma, depressed thyroid, hay-fever and reflux oesophagitis.

    When in a questioning mood I wonder how many such maladies are linked to my CFS, and it is mind-bending, say, to separate symptoms of flu from flu-like symptoms! But my acid reflux and high cholesterol and the accompanying prescribed drugs are probably hereditary; at 50+ I reckon I'd be on statins even if I'd never got M.E.

    Hope this is helpful in theory. Sometimes it is helpful in practice too, e.g. when you think you are having a relapse- to say, no this is probably flu, and, sparing yourself the anxieties about your CFS, just go to bed for two weeks like a non-sufferer.


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    Hi Caroline,

    Unlike the other people who have replied I don't seem to get colds, ever! It does surprise me when those around me are falling like flies and I don't succumb. I just look at it as a much needed advantage of this terrible condition.


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      Phew, thank you Liz, i don't feel like the only one now.

      My poor sister keeps catching them then passing them onto my parents but i seem to clear! Don't know whats worse this illness or having regular colds!

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    Hi caroline_74621,

    I'm sorry you were under that impression. I remember getting a cold when I didn't have CFS and it was just just the standard symptoms: a cough, snotty nose, headache etc. But whenever I get a cold since having CFS it feels like I have the flu every time or at least that it's knocked me for six.

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      Hi Sockpim,

      On bad days i get the flu like symptoms along with the feeling of being hangover thrown into it! I just found it interesting that i usually end up with every cold but this year its only been one very small one.

      I do go through times when i think im about to get one and my throat becomes very sore. Its all so confusing, im not surprised the doctors and professionals dont understand it either!!

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