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Am I unwell or just pathetic?

(11 Posts)
mmmerangue Tue 25-Sep-12 15:40:54

Got called into work today about absenteeism because I have had 3 bugs in the last 6-8 weeks which have left me off work for a day or two - I only work part time, in a restaurant, so losing a shift on a friday night can cut my wage in half, but I can't go in if I have V&D or similar, or even a moderately bad cough; even if I feel mostly fine as I work with food - it's getting v. frustrating and I don't know if it's a sign of something bigger or my body is just trying to say slow down a bit (haha, body, cos that can't happen!)

Have made an appointment with the GP but I'm not really sure what I tell him - 'I feel crap all the time... a bit of everything depends what day of the week it is!' Will defo be asking for a flu jab though.

In the last few months I have had:

3 or 4 colds lasting 3 days to a week
2 bouts of V&D 2 days each, which have no explanation as my partner/child/other people at work have been fine
and least 2-3 days of anxiety which I am managing but it is hard when you're ill and trying to keep house and work and look after a wee one at the same time! Basically I get worried about being ill, and that makes me iller. Woohoo!
generally tired, emotional, cold (I am always really freaking cold!), short-tempered, achey, watery, wimpy and pathetic on a regular if not daily basis.

I also went on holiday the week before last, just a weekend away to catch up with a friend. We had a glass of red wine in the hotel room the first night, it made me sick. The next day felt fine, had a few vodka & cokes in several places then went to dinner. Got a glass of red wine, before I had even got my starter I felt sick again and was back in my hotel bed at 8.45 having eaten two bites of my (gorgeous) meal. So friend suggested I may be allergic to tannins or something in red wine (intend to ask the doctor about this). Absolutely not pregnant, unless with the next messiah.

I don't know if this is just me, getting bad luck of the draw; or if there could be something more? I have actually not felt myself since before pregnancy (over 2 years ago, my DS is 19 months now) had hyperemesis while pregnant and was horribly ill the last two winters, last winter wasn't working so had no-one to inconvenience but my partner. Now I really don't want this to mean the end of a job, I love where I work and I love working, having another avenue for my brain, etc.

EdMcDunnough Tue 25-Sep-12 15:47:56

Sounds like your immune system is down. Are you eating properly, sleeping enough? Could you try a multi vitamin or tonic or something?

Telesales650 Tue 25-Sep-12 16:09:35

I myself have had immunity problems with having numourous infections one after the over, try getting more sleep a good diet of immunity boostingvegetables such as cauliflower, carrots, kale, spinach,brocolli, Red /Pink grapefruits ,Watermelon, yoghourt and Wheatgerm. I also are taking Boots vitamin C 1000mgs for two months, hopefully this will help to give your body a gentle boost.

mmmerangue Tue 25-Sep-12 17:45:10


I'm sure I could be a better eater/sleeper if I tried, just getting into bad habits. Hope it is nothing more than that x

greenandcabbagelooking Tue 25-Sep-12 17:48:01

Are you anemic? Ask GP about that, maybe.

mmmerangue Tue 25-Sep-12 17:53:16

green That was one on my list.

If I have a low immune system does that mean something bigger at play or can you have that just in itself? I thought it was a symptom rather than an illness/condition in itself :/

mercibucket Tue 25-Sep-12 18:03:37

I would also ask for a thyroid test, esp if you feel cold all the time. Get it alongside a full blood count, ferritin and b12

RockinD Tue 25-Sep-12 22:09:04

Beat me to it merci

She's right OP


mercibucket Tue 25-Sep-12 23:02:12

(Waves to RockinD)

mercibucket Tue 25-Sep-12 23:02:13

(Waves to RockinD)

PorkyandBess Tue 25-Sep-12 23:07:50

You do sound unusually sickly and 3 absences in 6-8 weeks is a lot. This would invoke disciplinary proceedings where I work.

I would speak to my gp and request some tests.

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