Nikki (empress_nikki) wrote in thequestionclub,

So my family is concerned about my health, but I'm not sure what to do about it.

My problem is this- I have asthma and allergies, and a chronic gastrointestinal illness that's well controlled. I'm sick all the time. I've had two horrible colds since Thanksgiving and I'm still recovering. Before that, was a cough I couldn't shake. Before that, a horrible stomach virus that caused me to lose around 13 pounds in a week, and before that, another bad cold. This has been since the end of September.

This has been going on since I started college, so about six years. I bounce around from cold to cold- I joke that if someone is sick within a ten mile radius of me, I'll catch it. I was one of the first students at my alma mater to get H1N1. I've had to go on a steroid inhaler a handful of times because my colds reek havoc on my asthma. It's pretty exhausting to be sick like this, especially as a student (I'm now in grad school) and I'm really concerned for my future in the work force. Nothing I have in life threatening, but I get sick enough that I can't function far too often to be convenient to work. I'm going into librarianship, so being around the public is also a concern for me- lots of exposure to new illnesses.

I've mentioned this to doctors a lot and they usually tell me to eat well (I do, for the most part, but my gi illness limits some of the things I can eat) and get plenty of sleep. Sleep is also kind of a concern because when I'm on a really regular schedule, I will sleep uninterrupted for 9 to 10 hours every night, which I suppose might be indicative of another problem.

I'm sorry I'm rambling, but I'm not really sure what to do. I am concerned, but I'm not always a great advocate for my own health and I have a history of doctors not taking me seriously (it took three years and five doctors before my gi disorder was diagnosed and not just written off as stress). Are there tests I should ask for or things I should try first? Something I'm overlooking?

I just don't want to be sick anymore.
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