RSD/CRPS and common colds/influenzas/etc...

mabith Community Member November 18, 2009
  • I've had RSD for five years and not once during that time have I gotten sick. No colds, no flus, none of the usual things that everyone gets now and again.

     

    I do not have a super good immune system, or I didn't before I got sick. I didn't get sick all the time but if something was going around I often caught it. In the time I've had RSD I had a boyfriend who was constantly getting sick and even though I was kissing and hugging and being around him all the time I didn't get so much as a sniffle. I'm not good at washing my hands and I touch my face and bite my fingernails far too much (the merest scratch on my face usually gets a minor infection if I'm not super vigilent).

     

    So, I'm grateful for this odd "no cold/flu" stretch, having the flu on top of this pain sounds like a hell I don't need to go through, but it seems so strange. I'm wondering if other people with RSD/CRPS have had a similar experience or if I'm just some oddball.

     

    Thanks!

    Meredith

6 Comments
  • DNLpain
    Aug. 11, 2010

    I have had RSD for 9 months, and I haven't gotten a cold or flu either, and I didn't have a flu vaccine, but I had H1N1 vaccine. Does that count as you not being an oddball? lol

    DNLpain

    • Dr O
      Aug. 16, 2010

      There is apparently a correlation between getting RSD and H1N1 vaccine, unfortunately the CDC is not talking about the issue. I believe the government is afraid to state there is a relationship since they might be held accountable. A patient of mine states her daughter contracted RDS after the H1N1 flu vaccine and now is confined to a bed/wheelchair and she...

      RHMLucky777

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      There is apparently a correlation between getting RSD and H1N1 vaccine, unfortunately the CDC is not talking about the issue. I believe the government is afraid to state there is a relationship since they might be held accountable. A patient of mine states her daughter contracted RDS after the H1N1 flu vaccine and now is confined to a bed/wheelchair and she may loose her left arm due to RSD. Her pain is 9/10 and not resolving.

    • Kchilders98
      Jan. 14, 2013
      Why remove her arm? I've had RSD for 8yrs and everyone I have spoke to to, drs and others with RSD say do not remove limb because pain is so great. The pain will still be there but no limb. Called phantom leg syndrome. Please let me know what you did Sorry I just found this site. Bless you. Concerned RSDer
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    RelentlessAgony
    Nov. 25, 2009

    I have noticed this phenomenon as well. I have had my condition (akin to CRPS, but not exactly the same) and I do nothing out of th ordinary to avoid getting sick. In fact, I work at a public school where colds and such run rampant. Some years (like this one), I have taken the seasonal flu vaccine, but even when I haven't, I just don't get sick anymore....

    RHMLucky777

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    I have noticed this phenomenon as well. I have had my condition (akin to CRPS, but not exactly the same) and I do nothing out of th ordinary to avoid getting sick. In fact, I work at a public school where colds and such run rampant. Some years (like this one), I have taken the seasonal flu vaccine, but even when I haven't, I just don't get sick anymore.

     

    Until you posted this, I assumed that it was just a funky coincidence. Now, I am not so sure.

    • SinginRSDer
      Aug. 04, 2010

      I find I still get sick, but it seems like the same illness each time. I've had what seems to be the same throat infection over and over. When I'm around sick people, it doesn't seem to matter what kind of illness they have, could be a cold, a stomach flu or whatever and I'll get a throat infection. I don't know why, but it seems like my immune system is just...

      RHMLucky777

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      I find I still get sick, but it seems like the same illness each time. I've had what seems to be the same throat infection over and over. When I'm around sick people, it doesn't seem to matter what kind of illness they have, could be a cold, a stomach flu or whatever and I'll get a throat infection. I don't know why, but it seems like my immune system is just recreating the same thing each time. I don't know if it's RSD related, but it seems weird. I also will get different infections that won't go away no matter what treatment is given. It seems like the RSD nerve habit of recreating and amplifying pain might be recreating other things. That might not make sense, but I don't know what else it could be.

  • disco queen
    Nov. 20, 2009

    It has been 15 yrs and counting since my rsd diagnosis

    andI have noticed less colds or other usual illnesess. I take alot of vitamins and pay close attention to my health. Couldnt it just be that God only puts on u what u can bear.Peace,