Unable to get rid of cold/flu symptoms

I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism & Coeliac disease around 2 years ago & currently am on 100mg Levothyroxine. I now seem to catch every virus going & when I do it completely knocks me down & takes me weeks to get over it. Currently have a really bad cold, in its 10th day now & I feel worse now than when it started. Is my immune system just completely knackered? Any hints & tips out there?

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  • Hi

    Sorry you've had no replies - people tend to get a better response in the Questions section.

    Hopefully someone will pick this up from Latest Activity - in the meantime...

    Are you diagnosed Hashimoto's?

    Any left over symptoms?

    Latest thyroid bloods with the ranges would be handy.

    All of this information will help people to better offer informed support... :)



  • Hello, thought I had put this in questions section. Duh. Brain obviously not working correctly. It is my first post so will try better next time.

    Not being diagnosed with Hashimotos, my endocrinologist diagnosed the Hypothyroidism put me on Levothyroxine & after a year of blood tests once I was on correct dose discharged me back to GP to check levels. Will try & obtain last test results. Thanks

  • I've been sicker than Monty Python's dead parrot since being on levothyroxine post TT. I'm trying to improve things as below:

    VitD & Folate are deficient so I'm prescribed D3 & Folic Acid.

    B12 was low in range so I supplement 1200ug daily.

    Ferritin above range so I don't supplement.

    B1, B2 & B3 x 100mg each daily.

    VitC x 1000g daily.

    I avoid standing next to damp strangers ;)

  • Hi

    I'm going to go get myself a load of multivitamins etc. Since being diagnosed Coeliac have had trouble eating a lot of fruit & veg, Gastroenterologist thinks I've also got IBS so I have cut a lot of stuff that I used to eat out of my diet so although my digestive system is better for doing that I'm probably depriving myself of vitamins & minerals aren't I?

  • Hi, people with these conditions tend to be low in vitamins, in particular vitamins which support the immune system, please ask you gp to do bloods for vit b12 vit d iron folate and there is another one which I can't remember but hope some one else will help me. I felt better when these vits were optimised when you get the results post them here for advice. We all seem to have absorption issues and it is well worth reading up about.

  • Hi thanks. I do take tablets for Vit D & Calcium, used to take iron tablets but came off them about nine months as Gastroenterologist said my levels were fine. I'll ask GP if can be tested again for what you mentioned.

  • hashimotos depletes the body of vitamins and minerals and its vital you take a really good multivitamin every day but i would suggest your vit c is incredibly low and you need to takea 500mg tablet every day for some months plus garlic perles ........thats what my husband and daughter found was the answer

    superdrug stores have great suckable vit c tabs cheap and often on a special offer

  • She said NOT Hashimotos - not what I was expecting either! Although it may just be that they haven't tested antibodies....



  • If you are catching everything including colds/flu it is Vitamin D3 that you are lacking. Here is a recent article from Dr Mercola:-Vitamin D: Are You Taking Advantage of This Flu-Fighting Nutrient?

    A universal vaccine being developed by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi is based on the finding that people who have more virus-killing immune cells, known as CD8 T cells, either don’t get sick or experience only mild flu symptoms.3 The idea behind this vaccine is that by stimulating your body to produce more CD8 T cells, it may protect you from getting the flu, or at least from having severe symptoms.

    However, while the drug company researchers brag that they know how to use a vaccine to stimulate the immune system to produce more CD8 T cells, they fail to mention that vitamin D is also known to have a direct immune-modulating effect on CD8 T cells. This was revealed in a study published in 2010.4 Other research has proposed that deprivation of sunlight and vitamin D at higher latitudes worsens CD8 T-cell deficiency.5 So, it may be, then, that a ‘universal flu vaccine’ doesn’t need to be created at all because it essentially already exists in the form of vitamin D!

    Vitamin D is an important player in overall healthy immune function, but it’s also an effective antimicrobial agent in its own right, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi.

    Another 2010 study6 that didn't get any widespread attention also demonstrated the effectiveness of vitamin D as a preventive strategy against influenza. In fact, children taking just 1,200 IUs of vitamin D3 per day, which is considered a low dose, were shown to be 42 percent less likely to come down with the flu. I firmly believe that optimizing your vitamin D levels is the single most important and least expensive action you can take to help strengthen immune function and protect against getting sick during the flu season, and would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng/ml year-round

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