View Full Version : Why am I still sick?

05-29-2006, 04:55 PM
I have had a virus for 11 days and counting. I have had no relief from it yet. Fevers, chills sweats, weight loss, vomitting, hemroids, pain, headaches, dehydration. Dr says its a virus and will flush itself, but that was a week ago. I also have surgery first thing in the a.m. Could this be a product of MRSA? Possibly Cepacia? Anything will help right now as my dr is being a complete idiot and giving me nothing. OH I also lost 20% fev over it.

05-29-2006, 04:59 PM
Did you get a culture done? Maybe it's the flu or something. If it is a virus then there isn't much you can do about it...but once it clears you should get back to normal.

I hope heheh..


05-29-2006, 05:03 PM
What you have right now sounds like what I had last week for a couple of days. If you're worried about Cepacia or MRSA you should get a culture done. Are you coughing anything up? I would also be worried about having surgery when you're feeling so rotten. Wouldn't they just reschedule it for you?

05-29-2006, 05:07 PM
if I reschedule itll be months before it gets done, and its the leading cause of my infections, i want it done. I got cultures, im calling right now.it really sucks, doesnt viruses take a few days not two weeks?

05-29-2006, 05:12 PM
I would imagine it may take awhile, after your immune system isn't the greatest to begin with, and you don't have extra weight on you to protect yourself. If you're dehydrated that will just make things worse I would imagine. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, gatorade or juices.

05-29-2006, 05:23 PM
The problem with us is that after getting a virus we do often get also a bacterial infection, so antibiotics might help.


05-29-2006, 05:32 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>anonymous</b></i>

The problem with us is that after getting a virus we do often get also a bacterial infection, so antibiotics might help.

Uli,43,Germany</end quote></div>

Yup, same goes for me. After i get the flu..i get a pretty bad chest cold.

05-29-2006, 05:38 PM
I must be abnormal. I rarely ever get a chest infection after the flu or whatever else.

05-29-2006, 05:41 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>thelizardqueen</b></i>

I must be abnormal. I rarely ever get a chest infection after the flu or whatever else.</end quote></div>

It's cause you're an alien...that lives off the hopes of others

05-29-2006, 05:44 PM
No Ender, I'm an alien who toys with the inner child of others.

05-29-2006, 05:47 PM
well the results are in

Blood - Normal
Mucus - Growing nothing out of the usual
Throat Swab - Negative

Im absolutely baffled, I think the next order of business is to be tested for bird flu

05-29-2006, 05:51 PM
Well at the very least you don't have Cepacia or MRSA - the things you were worried about. Maybe it is just a nasty virus that's decided to take its sweet time vacating your body.

05-29-2006, 06:09 PM
What is MRSA?

05-29-2006, 06:20 PM
MRSA - Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Its a bacterial infection resistant to the antibiotic Methicillin

05-29-2006, 06:24 PM
well this sucks, feelin like im dying and no explaination, isnt nature wonderful.

05-29-2006, 06:28 PM
maybe you should see if you can get admitted for a while and run more tests if you feel that bad. Maybe they are missing something. Did they do a capecia test? Cause i know it takes longer to grow and they have to do a seperate one.

I dunno. Like are you worried...or just feeling bad? Don't take chances with your health if you're feeling like crap.

05-29-2006, 06:30 PM
My understanding is that while Cepacia takes a bit longer to culture, a seperate test is not needed. Worse case I suppose if you're feeling that crappy, go to emerg.

05-29-2006, 06:41 PM
Hey Chad,

I hate that you are feeling so terrible. I know it sucks but unfortunately if you do have a viral infection it will just have to run its course. Though I will add this. I got sick in Dec. 2005 - hit me over a few days but I felt like I was going to die. I had some mild weightloss, nausea, lowgrade fever, fatigued could barely get out of bed. I ended up calling the doc and asking him to admit me cause I felt so horrible. He brought me in ran some tests and did admit me - I started clearing up within a day or so. He said that I had a viral infection that had started to become bacterial. Maybe that is what has happened with you.

I would talk to your doc especially if you PFTs have declined that badly - common sense would say that you don't need to continue to nurse an infection without recieving treatment. Maybe there is something more he could do - but you just need to ask? who knows just a thought.
Also on the topic of viral infections - I was admitted to the hospital 2 weeks ago with a bacterial infection and developed a viral infection after starting antibiotics - lost my voice and all for a day or so. It has taken me about a week to really get over that though I have felt better from the IV meds. Today is my first day with my voice back completely though it is still a little scratchy. Just wanted to add that because viral stuff is a bit wacky sometimes.

Hope you start feeling better soon.


05-29-2006, 06:47 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>thelizardqueen</b></i>

My understanding is that while Cepacia takes a bit longer to culture, a seperate test is not needed. Worse case I suppose if you're feeling that crappy, go to emerg.</end quote></div>

I don't think a lot of labs actively look for it unless specified. That's what i thought.


05-29-2006, 06:52 PM
I, too, had all these same symptoms in late Dec 2005, and ended up in the hospital in early January. Lungs weren't too junky from mucus, but were very tight. I was tested for the flu, but it came back negative. I wanted to die from the shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness. They put me on an IV antibiotic and large doses of prednisone. I perked up within a few days, and went home after about one week, my shortest stay. In my case, it turns out the steroids made the biggest difference, since it was a virus and I just needed to let it run its course while keeping my lungs open enough to breathe.

I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that others of have had similar symptoms and made it through eventually. I will keep you in my thoughts. It's always so scary when we get this ill.

54 w/cf

05-29-2006, 09:46 PM
Here's the gig. While your body is flighting off a cold or the flu, bacteria that normally hang out in your body (PA, MRSA, cepacia, or just normal Staph) can grow out of control. Hence, a lung infection.

When I was younger this never happened to me. But as I have gotten older, and in the past year or two, every one of my colds has turned into a lung infection.

As my doc likes to say "misery loves company."

I would go on an antibiotic ASAP. Although its true that antibiotics dont' treat viral infections (your body will have to do that itself), antibiotics to do treat normal CF flora.

05-29-2006, 10:22 PM

So do yo go on iv antibiotics every time you get a cold now days?

05-29-2006, 10:25 PM
My troubles last year were "triggered" by a virus which led to a terrible infection. My airways closed down completely & I was dehydrated. Betweens the fevers, dehydration & the infection if took forever to feel like I was ever to going to feel normal. I couldnt have done it without the continuous iv's which helped to rehydrate me. It took weeks of the virus before I realized the infection was happening also. Now I have an idea & can catch it early. You would think after dealing with this for 30 years I would have the hang of it, but this virual thing & airways closure is all new to me!

05-29-2006, 10:35 PM
Sorry Chad, don't know what else to add.

Just wanted to say i hope you are able to fix this problem and feel better soon.

Tkae care and keep us posted.

Eli(not logged in)

05-29-2006, 11:30 PM
The last year or so I was put on Cipro for the 3 colds that I got.

Doc says I wouldn't have had to be on Cipro as often if TOBI was still working for me. That's probably why I never needed antibiotics before - because TOBI would take of it for me.

But I'm resis to Tobramycin now and he attributes increased exacerbations to TOBI not working. I'll probaly be on Colliston (sp?) soon and I bet I won't get exacerbations so often because I'm on an antibiotic all the time.

Frustrates me to be on so many antibiotics - I feel like someday soon I'll be pan-resistant. But what's my alternative? I guess OO, but I'll admit, I'm too chicken sh!t to do it...

05-30-2006, 05:05 PM
Are you the outdoor type? I had symptoms similar...fever for 2 weeks, exhaustion, headache, neck ache. I had been biten by a tick and contracted ehrlichiosis. It was treated easily with an antibiotic. It's a newer infectious disease, so I think many docs don't think about it. I would have them do a blood test asap...it can be deadly. Doxycycline clears it up quickly.