• Immune system

    Asked by oceanblue24 on Saturday, May 18, 2013

    Immune system

    Just wondered how long it takes you to regain a healthy immune system again? I'm almost a year out of chemo & 9 months out of rads. I still have a weakened immune system & seem to catch everything. I got shingles a month after rads & had my 2nd mastectomy just this Jan. so I guess that all counts for a weakened immune system. I was to the foot Dr. for an ingrown toenail & he says I now have a fungus which he hesitates to treat with oral meds because of all my liver has been through. So I just will put up with it. My latest thing is allergies! And on & on. I was one of the lucky ones & got through chemo OK but now.... This all may seem trivial with what you all are still going through but it seems like it's always something. I realize I now live in a new normal. I guess I just wanted to vent to this great group here so thanks for listening!!!!! Any immune booster ideas out there? I already do lots of vitamins & supplements. Fight on!!!! Blessings to all!!!!!

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    • Clyde's Avatar

      It is different with every person. You might want to consult with one of your Drs about the vits and sups you are taking. You could be taking something you don't need or that is in conflict with one of the others and is actually hurting you. Sometimes less is more. Its very easy to over do Vit B for instance

      But back to your original question: A lot of it depends on your history (were you susceptible to colds before?), your environment (is your house over heated still?), add any new house plants? Plus, we are also getting older. It could just be part of that.

      over 4 years ago
    • Pdale's Avatar

      I would try some probiotics over the counter like Align and I believe Greek yogurt is good for the immune system as well.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      they say it does take about a year to heal up from the effects of treatment. i believe "them"!

      anyway.... i think the advice to review all of your vitamins and supplements etc... is good advice. i also think that you could look to your diet for places to improve. for example, are you eating lots of whole foods or processed foods? fresh fruits and veggies? loads of bacon and ice cream? there might be some things you can do diet-wise to strengthen your immune system.

      the other place to look is exercise. are you getting out and moving? are you walking and/or biking and/or lifting weights and/or something similar? this will also help.

      a final place to look is sleep. how is your sleep? are you sleep deprived? sleeping well? etc...?

      there may be some things you can do to strengthen you and your immune system.

      good luck! may you sneeze and sniffle much much less this summer!

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Try juicing, I'm not sure it will cure you but at the very least it can't hurt (some people report a decrease in autoimmune illnesses with juicing. Allergies are sort of autoimmune).

      Exercise is known to strengthen the immune system (walking in this great weather). Consult with your Dr before starting an exercise routine.

      Green juice:
      2 cucumbers (peeled)
      Thumb sized portion of ginger (peeled)
      2 granny smith apples
      5 kale leafs
      1 lemon

      Carrot/apple juice:
      5 carrots
      1 gala apple

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      You need to be eating very healthy foods..Go to WebMD and learn about nutrition and you need to be exercising and meditating or praying because these are the proven things that will improve your immune system. Make sure you are sleeping well and always washing your hands.

      over 4 years ago

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