Hi, m.e., I am new to this site and forum, and am a 25 yr old female. I am so happy I found this site!
I am in the process right now about finding out whether or not I have fibromyalgia, though all the symptoms fit, have been told this by one doctor who is referring me now to a rheumatologist. . Even though I have not been diagnosed 100% yet, I felt I could help you by giving you a few tips and also tell you my own experience with infections, as I am battling through a sinus-type infection right now! Sorry about the long post, but I have a lot to share! lol
I have suffered from life threatening allergies all my life, leading to a weakened immune system, and as a child, would get sinus infections almost once a month until I got my tonsils removed at 12. I was put on so many antibiotics that I started to become immune to certain types because I took so many of them. Now i try to avoid antibiotics at all costs, except of course, as in your situation it was so severe that it lasted a week and you needed to go on antibiotics. The rule of thumb for myself is after 10 days I don't feel remarkably better, I go to the doctor. I was reading on a site about infections that said after 14 days, no matter what, the infection should be treated by a doctor.
My allergist told me that the reason one gets a sinus infection is that after having a cold, your nasal cavities and sinus' are swollen, and if mucous gets stuck up there, it creates an infection. The real trick here is, as soon as you start feeling stuffed up, you take every measure possible to alleviate these passages to ward of infection such as:
- I use a nasal spray 4 times a day of a saline solution, which is just salt and water. It doesn't taste too pleasant going down your throat, but it really helps!
- I always make sure I am constantly blowing my nose, to help get rid of the mucous.
- Try taking something like tylenol to help with sinus pain and ward off any potential fever.
- Another great way to help loosen up mucous: steam. I boil some watter and place it at the bottom of the bowl, then after a minute, I put my head over it with a towel and slowly breath in the steam: warning: people who suffer from asthma should not do this as it could cause an attack. It would be better to get steam from a hot shower.
- and the tried and true methods of drinking hot liquids as well really helps.
- also, for sore throat, gargling with warm salt water really helps.
Even if you are on antibiotics, all of these methods will help ward off the infection faster.
Also, I don't know how this would work for everybody, but when I get sick, I make sure to be having cinnamon in my food everyday. I would check out its health benefits online. It is supposed to help ward off infections and can also help with migraines and headaches, which could also help you right now with your headache. I suffer from migraines and just recently found out of this benefit, so I will definitely start to try it!
I have been eating a lot of cinnamon these past few days and have also been feeling slowly better as well. Not sure if that is just due to the infection running its course, but its worth a try! Cinnamon tastes really good on banannas, apples, even in yogurt!
Warning about cinammon: it is known to thin the blood so if someone is on blood thinners or is taking large amounts of aspirin should be wary and make sure there is not interactions with other medications.
So I hope you are already getting better by now, but next time you are sick, try these things out so hopefully you won't have to take antibiotics!
I thought I would let you know what I have been going through since my symptoms of fibromyalgia started about a year and a half ago. Even though I suffer from many allergies and got infections as a child, I used to never get "typically" sick with colds or flu's, but more allergy related illness. The, all of the sudden, i started to get colds and flu's for the first time. I also got shingles 4 time in a year and a half. I believe this has something to do with fibromyalgia though I cannot be 100% sure. I know lack of sleep and being in constant pain leads to a weakened immune system, which makes one vulnerable to infection.
Also, to answer the second question: fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease, which is a wonderful thing to hear for all who suffer from fibromyalgia. While the pain one experiences from fibromyalgia can create at times a dismal sort of existence, the pain one experiences at least is not causing structural damage to the body, meaning it doe not harm the tissues or cartilage in the body.
If anyone is experiencing swollen areas of the body it should not be fibromyalgia and should see a doctor to figure out what else it could be.
For an autoimmune disorder, the antibodies we have in our body which are supposed to protect ourselves against infection, turn on its own host and attacks the bodies own tissues, which leads to inflammation which causes damage and leads to autoimmune disorders.
Someone who has fibromyalgia might also have an autoimmune disease though. People who suffer from Celiac's diease, thyroid diease, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are all auto-immune diease. I don't know if someone can have both rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia at the same time, maybe someone who is better versed on he subject could let me know! If that is the case than methods both for fibromyalgisa and autoimmune disorders should be followed together.
There is a widely accepted notion that people with fibromyalgia the neurotransmitters in the brain do not work properly. Areas of the brain where the pain receptors lie are not receiving the right messages to the brain, which creates a hyper-sensitivity to pain. Many specialists believe the pain can be localized in certain areas of the body in particular, such as the fibromyalgia hot spots. While one can feel extreme pain, it is not actually causing structural damage to the tissues, which, at least is some consolation that the pain will never cause deteriation of the body, just the quality of life. Which is why sites like this are son important to keep ourselves aware of the condition and how we can help oursleves!
Take Care and I hope this info finds you and helps you in the future, good luck!!