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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 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and 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 successfully stopped all paroxetine after 3 months of tapering down. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan when I wake up, 500 mgs after breakfast with my vitamin regimen and 500 mgs late in the evening.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, my docs put me on three meds. Clonazepam (Klonopin, a dreaded benzo but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc prescribed .25 mgs twice daily but half a tablet is doing good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic before bed. I have lost over 30 pounds since mid July. The olanzapine is supposed to help me gain some of it back but it has just stopped the weight loss. They took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

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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