Fighting Infections Continued

The initial infections that prompted my earlier post on infections have almost all cleared up. I started back on a healthy probiotic, very high in helpful bacterias. I’ve been slowly migrating my diet back to a healthier one, along with drinking more water. I had a major deadline last week, which caused me to start slamming back two energy drinks (decently ‘healthy’ ones) per day. Now that deadline is over I’m back down to no more than one a day. But during deadline week I contracted a nice sinus infection.

If I was the only one with the sinus infection I would blame it on allergies, but one of my close friends came down with it around the same time I did, her symptoms were less severe than mine, but a very similar timeline. I expect that it’ll take at least another week to clear this infection up. It is not helping that pollen is so severe there’s a warning not to go outside. I have serious pollen allergies and springtime has triggered sinus infections since I was a child.

The sinus infection itself has been mild, aches, clogged sinuses and sinus headaches, chills late in the day as I wear down, post nasal drip, etc. At first I made the mistake of treating this infection with Sinex nasal spray. I was stressed and exhausted from work and only cared about getting enough sleep to function the next work day. After a few days on Sinex, it stopped working, then I began to suffer rebound effects.

It has been a few days since my last spray of Sinex, my sinuses are feeling better each day, but prone to inflammation and becoming clogged, especially at night while asleep. I’ve tried a couple of decongestants and an antihistamine, but the sinuses are stubborn. They wake me up every couple of hours, sometimes clogged, sometimes draining. Each night a little less severe than the last, but each day I’m a bit more worn out.

There’s a home sinus treatment I used to make with apple cider vinegar, I need to make time to run out and buy some ACV so that I can make it again, plus it’s time for me to find my humidifier and see if that helps. I monitor my heart rate and whenever I get sickĀ it rises by 5-10 bpm. When the infection starts to clear up the heart rate will begin to drop. My heart rate appears to have peaked yesterday, and should be going back down now. If the pattern holds true I expect this infection to last at least another week. In the meantime I’ll find some combination of home or pharmacy remedies that will help.

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Born and raised in New England, moved to Florida to complete my Bachelors of Computer Engineering and never left. Currently a security software application engineer for a major internet company. Previously spent nine years working at a university where I gained most of my systems administration and analyst experience, along with completing a Masters of Science in Information Technology Management. I am dedicated to furthering my knowledge, skills, and career. Hobbies include haxing hardware, tinkering with electronics and cars, gardening, a little cooking, swimming and jogging, musics, and computer and video games. I enjoy attending InfoSec conferences and participating in CTF events and LAN parties. During my down time I enjoy studying computer sciences and electronics, watching historical documentaries, and cult classic movies. I developed carpal tunnel in 2011 and had surgery for it that year. I never fully recovered and after years of going from doctor to doctor, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in late 2014. Fibromyalgia, also known as FM or FMS, is debilitating and often disabling, causing widespread body pain, digestive issues, and often chronic fatigue and brain fog. I have been fighting this for years and have no intention of giving up, I will beat the fibro.

2 thoughts on “Fighting Infections Continued

  1. okay I think I can help you with this. You need to cut out fast decaying/cooked/dead foods and go raw. Get a cheap nutribullet and blend fruits and vegetables and down them all day every day. Dead cooked foods decay fast and encourage pathogens to multiply faster inside of you making you ill if you dont have a strong immune system.

    Start by taking 5,000 iu Vitamin D3. This WILL change your life.

    Now about the immune system, goto iherb and look for AHCC. This will build up your immune system again with a potent mycelium blend.

    For your Fibromyalgia I suggest CBD oil, it will dampen the pain. Look for something with at least 3% CBD content.

    For your brain fog do the caffiene nap hack. 200mg caffiene pill early in the morning then go back to sleep. You’ll wake up with a sharp mind and you can give the energy drinks a miss. You can buy at iherb again.

    For digestion take kombucha, it not only tastes good but its alive with the good guys that you need in your gut. Please do not get a pasturised one, look for a raw manufacturer of the drinks.

    I actually came across you as I’m in the market for a PA1502A headphone amp. Was looking for upgrades but I happened across your health posting so thought I might be able to help you. I’ve been in to health for 10 years. How do you find the PA1502A? What upgrades do you recommend for me, a novice to valve amps? I’m using IEMs and have the Grado SR225. Kind regards from England.

    • I’m overdue to fix my diet. Thankfully I have a a nice Vitamix, plus I reopened my local organic fruit and veggie delivery service account. My chef boyfriend may object some, but I’m going to start transitioning my diet back to raw. I did raw for a short period prior to my South Florida move four years ago, it helped a lot. While in South Florida I did green smoothies often, they always made me feel so much better.

      I am on a vitamin D3 suppliment, but it’s below 5,000 iu, I’ll be fixing that this week.

      I also take a CDB supplement, between that and my Quell unit, pain and stiffness are a fraction as severe as they were a few years ago. I cannot go without using my Quell unit or without CDB for long, the stiffness and pain start to flare back up within a few days.

      I’ll have to make a point to stop by the local organic market, they carry the good kombucha.

      Regarding the PA1502A, I purchased mine through MassDrop, but I’ve seen them on and other sites. Definitely upgrade the tubes, that’s the easiest and most important upgrade. Replace the 6N4 with a 12AX7 or 5751 type tube and replace the two 6P6P types with a pair of good quality 6V6 (I like the sound of the tung-sol 6V6).

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