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So, this might seem like kinda an odd question, but if there's anywhere I can ask an odd question, it's this forum...
I was thinking earlier about how we are constantly exposed to germs, yet only a fraction of those germs actually make us sick (if you're lucky enough to have a 'normal' immune system; I'm very well aware that isn't the case for everyone).
When I do get sick, I get very very sick - sicker than anyone I know. But I don't get sick all that often. I work in an office of 50+ people and not a day goes by that someone isn't coughing or sneezing all over everything. Even if nobody is currently sick, many viruses can survive for weeks on surfaces. It's so gross. But the fact remains that I've only got sick twice this year, and I'm pretty sure I've been in contact with more than 2 nasty viruses in that timeframe.
And that leads me to my strange question. Every now and then, I'll experience something that feels like a mild immune response - something like the start of a cold or flu, but that burns out after a few hours. I might get a sore throat that I'm convinced is the start of an illness (I have chronic tonsilitis but it feels different when it's caused by a virus), and I get really really tired and feel weak and queasy, but after resting for a few hours I'm completely back to normal (I realise that "normal" for a CFS sufferer involves a lot of being tired and weak and queasy, but this is kind of like a brief, intense flare-up - and it would happen to me even before I got CFS).
I've noticed a correlation between these immune flareups and being around somebody who was sick. A few people were coughing with a nasty virus at work today and when I got home I had a pretty bad time, I was sure I was catching it...still recovering, but that was a few hours ago and I feel much better now. Earlier this year my partner had a cold and I thought I was getting it, but it blew over before developing into anything. There are other incidents like this that I can't recall the details of right now.
And actually, the day I first had CFS symptoms, everyone in my office had the flu and I thought I was getting it. Maybe I did get it and fought it off before it could develop any further? And that kick-started my CFS? By the time I got bloodwork done, there were no inflammatory markers to be seen.
Really curious if anyone can relate! I've just been reading a study about CFS being correlated with an over-active immune system, so it seems relevant.
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