New Forum user, getting hassle from \"common cold\"

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Topic by MR2Don on Dec 18, 2015 10:41am

Just discovered and joined the forum. Was diagnosed early 2015 with a WBC of 23, latest test (October) showed 21, so "stable".
I think I'm in the middle of my first real realisation of what CLL is all about. Copped for a "cold" a couple of weeks ago, and it just seems to be getting worse. In a previous existence, this would have been gone within days, but it's stuck as a throat infection which causes severe coughing spasms and a lot of phlegm (sorry about that!). Anybody else had similar and could drop some hints of how best to "weather the storm".

Reply by Kevin on Dec 19, 2015 10:59am

Hi Don,
I fully understand your severe cold, had one myself a few times and each one seems to last forever! Sadly with CLL we basically all have an immune system that is said to be immunocompromised. This means our immune systems aren't as reliable as we would like and simply can't cope with even some of the more basic infections. If your symptoms persist I would suggest going to your GP and perhaps getting some antibiotics to help boost your immune system and fight the infection.

Take care

Kevin - Essex, UK

Reply by JAYNEC on Dec 19, 2015 09:48pm

Hi Don,

I sympathise I had Bronchitis last December 3 times after newly being diagnosed. I found that drinking a table spoon of Lemon juice with a table spoon of Vinegar and tablespoon of Honey and some cinnamon powder (or oil if you can get it) all mixed together to make a half cup of drink with hot water worked on the cough... This was recommended to me by a cousin who lives in Australia....sounds bad but doesn't taste as bad as it sounds.

I now take 1,000mg vitamin C, 2 x D3 tablets and 25 echinacea Oil drops a day to try and keep them away altogether....touch wood haven't had a cough or cold since taking them! This winter will be the test when the weather turns really cold. Everyone around me at the minute seems to have either coughs or colds and so far all good!!

If your symptoms last more than 48 hours get medical help!! I got through boxes of tissues coughing up as you say not nice!! Not pleasant for family and friends either at this time of year. Hope you have support to help you through your recent news?? What is you lymphocyte count??


Reply by JAYNEC on Dec 19, 2015 09:52pm

Don my latest results were:-

WBC - 31.1

RBC - 4.66

Lymphocyte count- 26.21