I've been in Bed with the flu for 4 WHOLE DAYS!!!

  • gsh1964

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    Feb 28, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
    I feel like crap. I ache, headache, chest congestion, coughing, fever. For 4 days.
    I miss the gym, haven't been there since Monday Feb, 23

    Any advise would be greatly appriciated.

    When should I go back?

    I've increased my water intake. Eating small meals every 3 hours. I'm actually losing weight.

    HELP!!!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 28, 2009 6:32 PM GMT
    My suggestion is you need to get over the flu and be worried about that and not the gym at this moment. You hadn't indicated whether you have seen a doctor or on medication at this time. If its been going going for 4 days and you've not improved.... see your doctor, do it now, don't put it off.

    Make sure you are over this before you return to the gym (and think about yourself and others)... Take it easy, spend several days doing part of the workout you did before. Don't do the "I've got to get back to where I was".
    Too many guys don't think about what the illness has done to their bodies.
    You could be stuck right back in bed again if you don't.


    Its also a crappy day in KC today I hear.. snow on the ground (none in Wichita, its sunny). Shouldn't overdue it anyway in the cold when we are used to warmer weather (which will return on Monday).
  • gsh1964

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    Feb 28, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    I'm sorry, yes I went to the Dr. Yesterday and got medicine.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 28, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    gsh1964 saidI'm sorry, yes I went to the Dr. Yesterday and got medicine.


    Then you need to follow doctor's orders and stay in bed.. give it a little time.
    Some of your issue is mental... I HATE HATE missing the gym, but your body isn't in the place to do what your normally do. Make a deal with yourself, evaluate yourself on Monday.
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    Feb 28, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    A strong immune system is essential to get over a cold or flu.

    Nutritients that will help are:

    Vitamins C, E, and A are all vital to the operation of the immune system.

    Omega-3 fatty acids are the precursors for series-3 protaglandins, compounds that are involved in the regulation of the immune system

    Onions contain compounds that have antibiotic properties and serve as anti-inflammatory agents, helpful in reducing the severity of respiratory congestion

    Garlic also contains sulfur compounds that have been shown to be effective against colds and flu

    Shiitake mushrroms contain the phytonutrient lentianan, which has been found to power up the immune system and strengthen its ability to fight infection.

    Nuts and seeds are rich in selenium and zinc which are important for immune system support.

    Source: The World's Healthiest Foods: Esstential Guide for the healthiest way of eating.

    Any of the cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, would be fantastic to help kick your immune system into high gear

    http://whfoods.org/eathealthy.php

    Food list: http://whfoods.org/foodstoc.php

    However, it takes a while for the body to respond to a change in nutrition. Oh well, better now that never. To relieve the symptoms in the meanwhile a pain reliever like Tylenol...or aspirin if you can tolerate it....aspirin is a good anti-inflammatory drug..... and an anti-histamine, like Benadryl will prolly make you feel better while you recover.

    But also, for god's sake, REST....let your body put its energy into fighting the infection of this virus and bacteria that are taking advantage of your weakened state.

    Also, when I am laying down resting, I like to put a heating pad across my upper face to warm my sinuses....but still allow me to breathe....the warmth is soothing and draws the blood with its infection-fighting white blood cells to the sinuses.....a bed, a heating pad, and an ipod of relaxing music....I am often sound asleep very quickly.

  • sandiegovince

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    Feb 28, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    I hear ya gsh. I got the flu two weeks ago and only today feel back to normal--I still have a phlegmy cough though and taking Mucinex to relieve it. I tried to do a couple of workouts during my illness but it didn't leave me refreshed and invigorated--just more exhausted. So I came to the conclusion it was best to leave the gym alone and give my body a rest. Thank god I did, I think if you try to workout when you're sick it only makes matters worse and recovery time increases. Well I'm going to hit the gym tomorrow..woohoo, glad to be back at it. Anyway, get rest and drink plenty of fluids! :-)
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    Feb 28, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
    gsh1964 saidI'm sorry, yes I went to the Dr. Yesterday and got medicine.


    Hey, Doctor Yesterday's also my doctor. He's very good.

    You're right to refer to him as "the Dr. Yesterday," as he's the only one with that last name.

    I hope you feel better soon. Yes, you need to rest, as others have said. Don't sweat it.

    Or maybe you should sweat it, I'm not sure about that.
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    Feb 28, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
    This screwball wether has me on the ropes. Yesterday was 80 degrees, tomorrow will be 50 and flip that for Tuesday ( not to mention the high pollen count). Maybe I need to move up north where winter stays winter and summer stays summer.
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    Feb 28, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    animanimus said
    Caslon9000 saidA strong immune system is essential to get over a cold or flu....Vitamins C, E, and A ...Omega-3 fatty acids ...Onions ...Garlic ...Shiitake mushrroms ...Nuts and seeds ... broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts,


    could be coincidence or something to it but as i have been mostly a vegetarian (with some fish & dairy) for over 10 years, that immunity list pretty sums up a good percent of my diet (including the supplements of vitamins & omega 3) and i hardly ever get sick. i eat a ton of garlic. love the stuff.

    when i do get a cold i always find lots of warm liquids and steam breathing works well to break up the mucus. also i use an expectorant to reduce mucus buildup.


    I just realized something. Most winters I'll get a cold at some point. It usually doesn't last long, but I get a cold.

    A few months ago I stopped taking all supplements. I no longer take even a multivitamin. Of course, I do eat well, lots of vegetables and fruit in addition to lots of protein.

    So far, no cold this winter, no sickness at all. I can't help but wonder a bit if not taking even a multivitamin has actually strengthened my immune system.
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    Feb 28, 2009 11:25 PM GMT
    Several weeks ago, I had a "cold" for two days. My sinuses were very sore. But I guess since I juice and combine oranges and carrots for my juice everyday....I also add in the FRS concentrate which consists of the B vitamins, C, E and quercetin. I chop onions in my eggs in the morning and often enjoy them with dinner....I love onions. I have broccoli and cauliflower nearly every day at dinner. Plus a banana and raisins in my oatmeal at night. All that had maintained my immunse system so it was able to respond quickly.

    And all that provides not only a lot of vitamins but lots of phytonutrients that arent often taken into consideration in a person's daily nutrition.

    For example: "Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. ... In laboratory studies reported in Surgery, beta-glucan significantly enhanced the human immune system's response to bacterial infection. Beta-glucan not only helps neutrophils (the most abundant type of non-specific immune cell) navigate to the site of an infection more quickly, it also enhances their ability to eliminate the bacteria they find there.

    According to study leader Jonathan Reichner of the Department of Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, priming neutrophils with beta-glucan helps these immune defenders quickly locate the bacterial mother lode within infected tissue. And this more rapid response to infection results in faster microbial clearance and healing. Since our non-specific immune defenses are the body's first strike forces against invading pathogens, starting your day with a bowl of oatmeal may boost your immune response in addition to your morning energy levels."

    Oats

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    Feb 28, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    The symptoms you are going through is your immune system fighting the virus. This can take up to a week, maybe even longer, as this varies from person to person. When I have been down, which is usually about a week, I find hot paraceptomol drinks (like Lemsip here in the UK) very beneficial.
    As for missing gym sessions, no worries! It would take weeks, maybe months before that initial sagging can be seen and felt.
  • gsh1964

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    Mar 02, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    NotThatOld saidThe symptoms you are going through is your immune system fighting the virus. This can take up to a week, maybe even longer, as this varies from person to person. When I have been down, which is usually about a week, I find hot paraceptomol drinks (like Lemsip here in the UK) very beneficial.
    As for missing gym sessions, no worries! It would take weeks, maybe months before that initial sagging can be seen and felt.


    Actually, I've already lost 10 lbs. The good side is my body fat % is lower... But Lord, what I've had to go through for it.

    Feeling better today, but it is taking a while to get over it.

    Thanks for everyone's help and tips. Hopefully, this will also help someone else who is going through the same thing.
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    Mar 02, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    sorry to hear was sick i hope you felling better now