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NIRERIN Posts: 14,247
4/21/13 1:10 P

if the coughing is really bad, try seeing if you can get a prescription for tessalon pearls. on the one hand i think they're a placebo but on the other hand they have helped a ton when i have had throat issues, which happens to be why i refuse to look up what they actually are.

grits and cream of wheat are two of my favorite sore throat foods to eat. orzo and mixed vegetables, either plain or with some sauce are another easy option v[and if you have a ginger or a spicy sauce it's great so long as neither bother your throat]. honey lemon tea is also wonderful. gargling with salt water or double strength black tea can help some too.
for sinus pressure, are you taking anything with a decongestant in it? if you aren't check with your doctor and/or pharmacist about guaifenisin [it's the stuff in sudafed and mucinex] and that can help some. if you're not averse to saline rinses or neti pots, that's another thing that can help clear you out, but i'd highly advise doing those right before you take a shower. and if your head feels a little sloshy, try bending over and letting your head hang down for a few minutes. when you right yourself it can make clearing out your head a little easier. it doesn't always works, but it sometimes does wonders. warm compresses also feel nice on your face.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/20/13 9:55 P

You might not want to strength train either if your antibiotic is on this list.

FDA Warning Cipro

July 8, 2008 -- Federal regulators are ordering new warnings on Cipro and similar antibiotics because of increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture.

The new warnings apply to fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes the popular drug Cipro. The FDA has told companies that the drugs must now carry "black box" warnings alerting doctors and patients that the drugs can increase risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in some patients.
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I'm allergic to penicillin and the myocin family so I usually take Cipro. I started having a lot of problems with tendinitis, which was very unusual for me, when training a few years ago (so thankful I didn't have a rupture) and discovered this issue. For me, it definitely is a problem and I will never train on Cipro again. And even if yours is not on the list, strength training really isn't better than running. Let your body heal this time. It takes two weeks for detraining to set in. Just trim your calories and carbs a bit and focus on maintaining and getting better. And talk to your doctor.

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4/20/13 8:07 P

I wouldn't be doing any exercise while you are like that - your body needs it's energy to help fight this infection. Give your body a chance to heal properly and the antibiotics to do their job. Remember, they are still working after you have finished taking them.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.


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4/20/13 7:50 P

Thanks for the advice everyone...I think I'll definitely take this week off from running...maybe I'll still do some strength training (starting Monday) because I've teamed up with some friends at work who are strength training together, and it isn't anything too hard, all body weight exercises. But I'm Doing absolutely nothing this weekend and not running at all probably till next weekend. It's been a really long time since I took a whole week off running so hopefully I can get all the way better. I didn't even take off the week I had strep, but now in retrospect, I wonder if that's what just made things worse.

Oh btw, I don't burn anywhere near 4000 a week, more around 1000-1400, though not this passed week since I've felt so terrible, and probably not this next week either.

Edited by: LOVEMOUSE82 at: 4/20/2013 (19:58)
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4/20/13 10:52 A

I worked out way too hard last weekend and I felt sore, drained and almost end depressed for 4 days. Thought I was getting sick but then realized it was my body screaming back at me. I will never do that again. Absolutely not worth the 4 days laying around sore and tired!

ANARIE Posts: 13,184
4/20/13 10:32 A

Yup, SimpleLife may have nailed it. Google "overtraining" and see if it fits you. A very, very rough rule of thumb is that if you're burning over 4000 calories a week from conscious exercise, you might be doing too much. Burning less than that doesn't mean you're NOT overtraining, and some people are fine doing more, but that's the level where most people need to start paying attention to whether they're going overboard.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/20/13 9:59 A

Actually, it could be related to training increases. Exercise is a stressor on the body. Your balance is disrupted as your body rushes to repair muscles, ligaments and tendons. Studies have shown that some exercise boosts immunity more than none. However, too much exercise (overtraining) weakens immunity.

You could have rushed into exercise -- too much, too soon -- after your last illness, making you more vulnerable to the new one. I would talk to your doctor about your concerns and exercise routine. Hope you feel better soon.

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4/20/13 9:15 A

After recovering from strep just a couple weeks ago, I now have a serious sinus/upper respiratory infection and am once again on antibiotics UGH! This doesn't have to do with the fact that I've increased my running and exercise, does it?

Anyway, anyone know of some good soup recipes for a horrendous cold? My head is throbbing, my ear is aching, my throat feels like knives, and of course I can't breathe. I was literally crying last night because it hurt so bad. Doctor gave me some syrup stuff for the pressure and congestion and cough along with the antibiotics. So once again ill probably have to lay low for awhile with the exercise....just when I was getting back on my feet. Major major frowny face...:(

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