I get sick a lot and I’m sick of it! I’m posting this on the forum seeking help/advice from ya’ll. I’m willing to do pretty much anything.
I have two young kids who bring a lot of sickness home and I travel a lot. That being said my wife doesn’t get sick at nearly the same rate (maybe once a year) and doesn’t get any sinus infections.
Recent Illness List
These all follow the same pattern. I start out with a cold which I get over fairly quickly. I start to feel good again for a day or two then I get a sinus infection.
I do a zinc nasal spray when the symptoms start and use a neti pot. I take 12-hour Sudafed and cycle Afrin (no more than 3 days in a row). I take Flonase 2x per day. I super hydrate and rest.
The illnesses range from 2 weeks to 1 month in duration.
|1||Sept 1st, 2017||7 days Amoxicillin. Came back after 10 days. Got 10 days Doxycycline + prednisone 6/5/4/3/2/1 pack|
|2||Nov 4th, 2017||10 days Augmentin|
|3||January 2018||7 Days antibiotics (not sure what kind). Came back after 14 days, 10 days antibiotics + Prednisone|
|4||March 2nd, 2018||10 Days Ceftin + Prednisone|
|5||June 15th, 2018||10 Days Augmentin|
|6||Sept 20th, 2018||10 Days Amoxicillin + Prednisone (2 tablets for 6 days)|
|7||Oct 24th, 2018||Sick, but didn’t get a sinus infection!|
|8||Nov 13th, 2018||7 Days Amoxicillin + Prednisone (2 tablets for 6 days)|
|9||Nov 27th, 2018||10 days ceftin and prednisone 6 pack|
I’ve gone to an immunologist and they saw that I have a low (but not super low) IgG3 which makes you more susceptible to upper respiratory infections (including sinus infections).
To raise my igG3 levels my Immunologist told that I can IVIG infusions which I believe are weekly and would cost me $30k/year out of pocket. He has no ideas other than that.
I went to an ENT and she saw that my sinus pathway could be improved to allow more drainage and improve CPAP therapy (more on that below).
She removed my tonsils, fixed a deviated septum and did a turbinate reduction on me in one surgery. She then did a second surgery to further reduce my turbinates and now says I’m as good as I can be.
I do drain better but I’ve had two sinus infections since that second surgery.
I’m almost always tired when I wake up, even after I sleep 10-11 hours.
My kids (7 and 5) have asked me why I spend so much time in bed and why I get sick so much .
I saw a pulmonologist and he did a sleep study on me. I had an AHI of 66 (meaning I stop breathing 66 times per hour) on my back while I sleep.
I started CPAP therapy about two years ago. I noticed an improvement but I still sleep a lot more than the average person and wake up tired. I also wake up during the night a lot.
I get a leak out of my mouth while I sleep (even with a chin strap). I now tape my mouth shut with 3M paper tape so the leak doesn’t wake me up.
My pulmonologist told me that I could also benefit from a dental device that I wear at night that pushes my lower jaw forward and would further open my airway.
I’ve had that for almost a year now and I wear it with my CPAP. I notice no improvement with it.
I’m in bed between 8-9pm and typically fall sleep quickly. I wake up between 6-7am on the weekdays and sleep until I wake naturally on the weekend. I reduce blue light and wear a sleep mask.
Over the past 3 years, I’ve alternated taking melatonin before I go to bed. I’ve gone as high as 5mg time released but now I’m on .5 mg before bed.
Here’s last week’s sleep schedule which is typical for me.
|Day of Week||Hours Slept|
Diet and Exercise
I eat a mostly plant-based diet high and fruits and vegetables. Little to no fried food and sweets. I do no caffeine after 12 pm. I exercise a lot (lifting and cycling) but not totally outside the bell curve for a 36-year-old man.
I’m lactose intollerant and have recently (maybe 2 weeks) decided to try to avoid all dairy where I can to see if that improves anything).
I’m a long time allergy sufferer. I’ve gone through immunotherapy via weekly allergy shots. I’m on my third round right now in my life. I’ve had an allergic reaction to it on the “green” vile (green, yellow then red).
I’ve tried at home allergy drops and I break out in hives as soon as I get to the yellow vile.
I do Flonase 2x per day.
I’ve usually a pretty evidence-based type of person but I’ve gone off the deep end for supplements and I’m willing to take anything to help me improve my immune system. The further down the list you go the more I feel I’m just wasting money but I’m willing to try anything.
I also try to drink kombucha fairly regularly to help build up bacteria that I’ve killed via medicine.
|Fish Oil||1,000 mg of DHA|
|Vitamin D||5,000 IU|
|Tart Cherry Juice||8 oz|
|Everything below this line I started taking recently||-------------------------------|
|Vitamin E||450 mg|
|Glucosamine Chondroitin||Someone told me this would help my sinuses drain…|
|Green Tea Extract||500 mg|
|Airborne Gummies + Probiotic Vitamin||2 doses a day|
|Vitamin B-12||500 mcg|
|Ginko Biloba||100 mg|
|Mushrooms: Cordyceps, Reishi, Lion’s Mane||500 mg each|
|Jiagulan tea extract||Doctor recommended this, haven’t tried it yet|
I’m 6’6, 36 male and am 189 lbs. I do regular DEXA scans and have a DEXA BF around 14% and fat caliper BF around 9-10%.
I have low cholesterol (around 150 with an HDL of 69ish).
Blood pressure is usually around 120/90 but last test (this week) was 90/60 (not sure why it was so low).
I used to get blood work done a lot in my 20s (the company I worked for let you test quarterly). I usually was good for everything. I have a lowish but not too low hematocrit of around 38-42.
I’ve also had many blood tests with a high bilirubin. I will turn slightly yellow (jaundice-y) if I workout too much and get tired or before I get sick.
Can anyone help me? I’m willing to buy any magic herbal crap or fly across the world to see a doctor in order to fix this problem. I’m tempted to try the $30k/year daily infusions just to get a major portion of my life back so if you have a suggestion that’s less drastic than that I’m willing to hear it!
If you have any other medical questions for me I’d be happy to answer them. If you have anything I should bring up to my doctor(s) I’m willing to do that too.
In my mind, my poor immune system is what makes me tired. And it does such a poor job against bacterial infections (seems to do fine vs viral infections) that even if I rest 100% in bed while I’m sick I still get a sinus infection. I’ve gone as long as 3 weeks trying to beat a sinus infection without medication and I haven’t been able to.
Please help! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t want to post in the forum.
Here’s what I’m going to try based on responses so far. Please keep them coming.
|Renew Life - Ultimate Flora Probiotic Extra Care||50 Billion|
|Lactobacillus rhamnosus V lysate|
I’m going to try another round with local doctors then try to reach out to my executive health network I’m a part of and try to go to a top end medical place.