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Old 04-15-2018, 06:36 AM
 
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Definitely not complaining but when I got sick I got SICK. Nasty cold or sinus infections, 101 temp, so congested with brown and green crap that I couldnít function. Bed ridden for a few days. Iíd say I would get like that every 2 years with other bad colds but no fevers maybe once or twice a year. The last time I was sick with temp of 101 was 8 years ago. Now when I get sick I feel like something is coming on (in the past thatís how I know I was done for for a few days) but now it just kind of lingers and I never feel sick enough to not go about my day. Which is a good thing of course. Just a few months ago I had a sore throat in the morning and by night had 99.5 temp and felt pretty bad...took Tylenol and fever was gone within a few hours and never returned. Then I just was coughing up a bunch a crap for 2 weeks that gradually got better each day but never had to call in sick....(havenít called in sick in 5 years). Iíve been exposed to everything at work but never got sick like my coworkers and only caught a cough when my husband had the flu. So basically everything now just turns into a lingering cough. Do immune systems change as we get older?
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Old 04-15-2018, 10:19 AM
 
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That's a real bummer on how sick you get. I'm 80 soon and never got really sick too much most of my life but in my early 50's starting supplementing with antioxidants and other supplements and I have NOT been sick in decades. There is so much info out there for us to strengthen our immune systems and I've posted so much in Alt Med and Supplements here at C-D. Get your immune system healthy.
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:45 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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...(havenít called in sick in 5 years). Iíve been exposed to everything at work but never got sick like my coworkers and only caught a cough when my husband had the flu. So basically everything now just turns into a lingering cough. Do immune systems change as we get older?
Yes, as we get much older, we do become more vulnerable to illness, but maybe it's not that your immune system is improving, but more like it has recovered back to normal from a bad spell. I consider normal to be what you are experiencing now. It is normal for an otherwise healthy person to be able to shrug off most common colds and to see daily improvement when a cold detours into a lingering cough. I think that state of normal can persist well into a person's advanced years.

Perhaps you went through a period of compromised immunity due to stress? Lack of sleep? Child rearing? Difficult job or marriage? Environmental allergy? Virus? Once that was over with, your body slowly returned to a normal state of immunity and you'll stay there until your advanced years.
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:54 AM
 
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Definitely not complaining but when I got sick I got SICK. Nasty cold or sinus infections, 101 temp, so congested with brown and green crap that I couldn’t function. Bed ridden for a few days. I’d say I would get like that every 2 years with other bad colds but no fevers maybe once or twice a year. The last time I was sick with temp of 101 was 8 years ago. Now when I get sick I feel like something is coming on (in the past that’s how I know I was done for for a few days) but now it just kind of lingers and I never feel sick enough to not go about my day. Which is a good thing of course. Just a few months ago I had a sore throat in the morning and by night had 99.5 temp and felt pretty bad...took Tylenol and fever was gone within a few hours and never returned. Then I just was coughing up a bunch a crap for 2 weeks that gradually got better each day but never had to call in sick....(haven’t called in sick in 5 years). I’ve been exposed to everything at work but never got sick like my coworkers and only caught a cough when my husband had the flu. So basically everything now just turns into a lingering cough. Do immune systems change as we get older?
I happen to believe your immune system changes with time just as your other body functions do. Things age; get a little battered, more or less reactive to irritants, get a little less efficient or able to bounce back as vigorously as they did when you were a "young whipper snapper". When young, you haven't been exposed to as many pathogens. When you are older, you have. If you think about it, your immune system doesn't operate in a vacuum. It is in constant contact with everything else, so it's affected by your overall condition at that particular moment. There could be allergies waning and waxing over a lifetime, cold and flu viruses evolve constantly, you get exposed to new substances and bugs all the time. I also think that it is constantly evolving to be more or less sensitive to invaders that hit it frequently. So, everything is a moving target and it's just doing what it takes to keep up.
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