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Worse OI After Flu

Discussion in 'Problems Standing: Orthostatic Intolerance; POTS' started by Machair, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. Machair


    Chelmsford, England
    I have just had flu on top of ME for the first time in 20 years. High fever, aches and pains congestion and sore throat lasted 2 weeks- some time bed bound completely.
    Now improving but the OI is so much worse- this morning BP was 99/64 lying pulse 71, but after standing for a few minutes and many error readings on BP machine it finally read 79/64 pulse 101.

    Has anyone else found that a new infection triggers a worsening of the autonomic dysfunction?

    I am using Energen C drinks and electrolyte solutions and adding more salt to my food.

    I am thinking my ME is worse due to the relapse caused by the flu virus can anyone else tell me they have experienced this?
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  2. rosie26

    rosie26 Senior Member

    Hi Machair

    Hopefully with rest and what you are doing, you will eventually recover to your usual level. It could take a month or more for the OI to settle. Just rest as much as you can, really important.

    I had Flu with high fever and severe body/bone aching at onset collapse with ME 12 years ago. I haven't had a flu since like that.
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  3. xchocoholic

    xchocoholic Senior Member

    My OI gets worse during illness too. When I had h pylori and parasites at the same time i could barely stand up. Luckily my Dr knew to look for these.

    Fwiw, I was drinking teas that kill pathogens daily in 2005-6 and felt better. Pau d arco, olive leaf, clove and elderberry. I'm going to try that again to see if it helps my chronic OI. Thanks for the reminder.

    tc ... x
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