Felling tired, cold

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I have a mild case of bronch and haven't had an infection (that I know of) in two or 3 years.  However, sometimes I have a headache and feel very tired and either have chills or feel very cold with no fever or possibly a low grade fever, like 99.

I've often wondered if my body could be fighting a potential infection?  Other than this, I have asthma and osteoarthritis, but am healthy and still exercise--doing swimming, yoga, biking and walking.  It's just at times, after exercise, I am so tired I'd like to go to bed!

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    obviously, I am too tired to spell tonight!
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    I have only 'subtle' bronX but I too feel exhausted a lot of the time. I've often wondered the same thing if my body is constantly fighting infection even on a low level is this tiring me out?

    Did you have antibodies tested? I had deficient IgA (I think it was) so got the pneumonia vaccine. Not that it's helped.

    I have an ileostomy due to Ulcerative Colitis so this could also be causing fatigue along with the usual strains of working, family and getting exercise etc. I seem to have periods where I have loads of energy an exercise several times a week and then I slump for a few weeks. I can go from running 5miles comfortably to getting out of breath walking upstairs. In a slump at the moment and for the first time I'm feeling really quite fed up about my health issues. Got to keep focusing on what I can do though!

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    Tiredness can go with bronchx but you do not mention your age so may be a combination of factors. I have mild bronchx which has improved as `I have got older. Partly because I try to avoid infections with hand wipes etc and partly by avoiding colds with using 'first defence' at the first sneeze and then for a couple of days and partly by using azrythromycin as my antiobiotic reserve which pretty much cured the 'b' when it was first diagnosed. It took an extended dose to be effective

    best wishes


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    I too have relatively mild bronchX, but I do have infections which seem to have slowed down significantly since I have switched to a prophylactic dose of Azithromycin. I used to get 3-4 ish a year, one of which might need a brief hospital spell for IV antibi. Now seems to be 1-2, all of which are controllable by tablet antibis.

    2 weeks ago after walking/jogging 25km over a 2 day period (setting up an anniversary run for a hash house harriers group I run in Thailand - only 7km but it needed checking out, laying than I ran some of it with the hashers) I got out of bed the following morning and was in agony. Could hardly walk for several days thereafter. Orthopaedic specialists in one of Bankok's international hospitals ran the analysis and I have osteoarthritis too - in my right hip. Can't run any more and may have a microsurgery operation if I can't get to walking under manageable proportions.

    Hey ho - so anyway that was just to say that I also have your combo and now find myself being extra speciallly tired at the end of some days recently, but I think that is just the result of dargging a painful hip around. Before the osteoarthritis problem revealled itself my bronch X would give me occasional bouts of tiredness which sometimes could be classified as flash periods of exhaustion. It is IME just another of the signs that you have an impending infection which your body is fighting. On its own or with one or two other symptoms of infection it should not need attention if you typically then do not develop a full blown infection. I only switch up the antibis to full dose when I am very sure that I am on a downward slope. There must be two of these "oh oh" events for every one that goes the distance. 

    If it's most of the time yet you still don't get to a full blown infection and that is spoiling your quality of life it would be worth consulting an immunologist perhaps.

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    Sounds like you may have an infection. You should see your doctor.

    I have Bronchiectasis, and fatigue is a side affect of the illness, the same as having asthma and COPD. When your lungs aren't working as efficiently as they should, due to infections, scaring, buildup of mucus or tightening of the airways, your body doesn't get enough oxygen to keep your energy level up.

    When I was having physical therapy, my therapist said that the thigh muscle was the biggest muscle in the human body, it takes in the most oxygen, so by keeping the leg muscles in shape, helps with the intake of oxygen. I have a stationary bike that I use very day or I walk.

    The trick is to keep infections away, keep the lungs clear of mucus and the airways opened (easier said than done).

    Keep healthy, Beth

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