does anyone else never get sick?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by rochar12, May 22, 2008.

  1. rochar12

    rochar12 New Member

    Since I came down with CFS about 7 years ago, I have not gotten sick once [flu, fever, etc.]. I'm disabled from the CFS, but I never get sick.

    Is this common, and if so, is there any theories as to why this occurs? What does it say about the immune system?

    I should mention before I got CFS, I had a cold or virus or flu constantly.

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  2. Kathleen12

    Kathleen12 New Member

    It is very strange that I don't get sick or fevered. I can be exposed to all the viruses and bacteria around. Everyone else around me get sick but not me. Odd isn't it?
  3. rochar12

    rochar12 New Member

    it is odd, and i think it gives some sort of clue as to the pathology of this illness

    my brain fog is too dense these days to research it well, but has anyone come across any theories or opinions from specialists out there regarding this matter?
  4. willruthie1965

    willruthie1965 New Member

    Never get sick but didn't know if it was because of the pain medications we take. Ruthie
  5. mamapepp

    mamapepp New Member

    just more fatigued. When others are complaining about allergies, I get more fatigued. When those around me have colds, etc, I get more fatigued. I think my body is to fatigued to produce normal symptoms of illness, I just get more fatigued and the brain fog gets worse.
  6. TeaBisqit

    TeaBisqit Member

    Very, very rarely, like once in ten or fifteen years I'll get a cold. But I haven't had a real cold now in about thirteen years. I did get a terribly severe flu about ten years ago, but it was a bad strain that everyone was getting at the time. Mostly, I'd have to say that any symptoms I ever have are CFIDS related.

    Many years ago, I had a semi remission from this disease. For a four year period, I didn't catch a thing. Then I got full blown CFIDS.

    I do catch stomach bugs. I've had many stomach flus over the years. But colds and regular flues are rare for me.
  7. Shalome1990

    Shalome1990 New Member

    Sorry, I guess I am the odd ball, but I am sick all the time...sinusitus, ear infections, and bronchitis...
  8. sadie101

    sadie101 New Member

    I use to get the flu once a year and a cold twice a year,but sense being sick with CFIDS/FIBRO (after my hep B vaccines) I away feel like I am coming down with the worse flu but never get "the flu", no coughing or sneezing.
    I have ask doctors about that and they don't know why.
    thanks for posting.

    take care
  9. AlexC

    AlexC New Member

    I've had CFIDS for 15 years and I've had maybe 2 colds and never the flu. Even when everyone is sick around me I never catch anything.
  10. becc

    becc New Member

    For the first 12 or 13 years of my illness, I didn't have a single cold. Then about 2 years ago, I had a very bad sinus infection and that seems to have set something off as I've had several colds/viruses since then and get sinus infections pretty regularly.

    There seems to be 2 groups of people with ME - those who never get sick and those who pick up everything.

  11. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

    I haven't been sick--flu, cold, infection--once since the onset of my illness four years ago next month. We've had many many interesting posts like this--check the archives for "never sick". I haven't been able to discover a plausible explanation for this. I am continuously exposed to lots of teens and toddlers with all sorts of illnesses and germs. Heck, I can even kiss a feverish toddler on the lips and not get a thing.

    It is certainly a mystery. My theory is that our immune systems are so ramped up all the time, no infection can get in. That's why we are so exhausted. I'd love to hear if anyone has experienced this phenomenon for a few years and then gotten an infection. How did it affect your ME/CFS?

  12. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    I have had 1 (one) flu since 1979. I don't think I have had any colds at all. I have been in contact with tons of people with myriad viruses but seem to "catch" none of them.

    I have gotten early intimations of a cold virus which are virtually indistinguishable from ME symptoms: mild sore throat and swollen glands. I sometimes, briefly (a few hours) get a bit sniffly with the sore throat but I have many allergies.

    Do we not "catch" them because of the documented up-regulation or do we not mount a defense, because of the documented down-regulation, and therefore not have symptoms while the virus makes itself at home?

    So, lots of bacterial infections but no cold in 29 years. 1 discernible flu. That's just weird.

    Peace out,

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  13. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I thought it was just me.
    I have FM, but I rarely get sick either. I did have the stomach flu once last year. Colds, rarely! I can't even remember the last one.

    Why would pain medication keep you from getting sick? Is there something in them that would help? curious.

    BTW= I don't even take any supplements.
  14. pumpkinpatch

    pumpkinpatch New Member

    I had a stomach flu last month that I picked up from my son. I was completely down for 4 days!!
  15. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    I have FM and since then I have not had a cold, flu, virus, or anything. I just figure that our immune system is so busy attacking us that it just tosses out the other bugs that try to get in.

    Sometimes I wonder if I have CFS also. I have swollen glands on the right side of my neck. No fever, just very painful to the touch.

    Who knows eh?

  16. coolma

    coolma New Member

    Since getting severe FM 12 years ago, I have suffered severe bronchitis every year since. Every time I go through a high pain period, I get a sore throat. No different now. I envy you if you don't get sick. I think it's my middle name!!!!
  17. Didoe

    Didoe New Member

    I've had this 'thing' whatever it is we are suffering with, since around '86. One medical point I'd like to add is I've always suffered from abnormal menstruation--I hemmoraghing monthly prety much describes it. So some docs attributed my CFS/FM type symptoms to PMS.But I knew enough that these were not PMS, but still wonder if hormone imbalance plays a part in this whole scenario.

    I started out feeling flu-ish, extremely fatigued,terrible chills and bone aches; then this continued with a series of repeatedly bronchitis/pnuemonia one right after the other, no sooner did i finsh one set of antibiotics, got hit with another round of 'bronchitis' or whatever it was.

    Primary Care doc said it looked like CFS but there was no cure, so learn to live with it, late 80s.

    Since early 90s no colds, no allergies (had severe seasonal allergies as child), no flu, no bronchitis!!
    But the original symptoms of chills, bone ache,fatigue became so bad I saw a rhuematologist about 2 yrs ago and this is when the dots started connnecting.

    For members here from thee Depression board, we should ask this question of DEpression members, I'm sure alot of the CFS/FM members have some depression but may not link the lack of medical illness with depression.
  18. Jupiter7

    Jupiter7 New Member

    Count me in. I have CFS & FM and have only been really sick once since the onset of my symptoms. It really put me out of commission for about 2 weeks.

    Before my CFS onset, I got sick pretty often.
  19. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    The problem is that if you have ME (can't speak for FM) you feel somewhat sick all the time and terribly sick some of the time. It would be nice if not "catching" anything meant never feeling ill but that's not the case.

    One of my stepkids is always very sympathetic to me when she has the flu. She keeps saying: This is how you feel all the time, how do you stand it.

    It could be that we do "catch" everything that everyone else does but mount no defense to it. It is the defense, not the virus, that makes a person feel so ill and, in fact, often kills one. That's why young, healthy people are so vulnerable in epidemics of killer flu -- their healthy immune system kills them. We may simply be saying -- come on in and make yourself at home.

    We do seem to get bacterial infections at the same or higher rate than your average bear.

    Peace out,
  20. frosty77

    frosty77 New Member

    I've had FM/CFS for maybe 30 years. When I was a kid up until 2 years ago, I was always sick - I would have the flu once or twice a year and a cold 6 or more times (stomach flu is not a flu so I don't count that). But for the last 2 years, I no longer get sick. Nothing else has changed, so, why after 30 years with the DD, do I no longer get sick?