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Unread 11-19-2012, 01:49 AM   #1
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Has anyone else been prone to infections and been getting sick easily since their injury?

I catch everything, and have been struggle with lung issues for over 2 months now. Since the accident almost two years ago, I have had nearly every cold that flies through, and strep throat 4 times. This is the second fall/winter in a row I have had pneumonia followed by a nearly unshakable bronchitis.

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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:13 AM   #2
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Mimi,

A brain injury can be very taxing on the system, including the immune system. Have you tried the supplement regimen I recommend? You can find it in the thread " Vitamin supplements." It has helped me overcome even my pollen allergies.

I'll move it to the top.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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8th year out from the accident my immune system was so weak I contracted a nearly fatal blood infection. 8 days in the hospital on life support. They weren't sure I was going to make it.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #4
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Well, I have blood results today. I have a low Immunoglobulin G which effects my ability to fight off infections.

I am curious/fascinated by the possibility that a brain injury might actually interfere with the brain's instructions the body to produce IgG...
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