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Worried12
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Do you think my immune system is weak?
      #164696 - 11/19/05 03:23 PM

Im still battling with this. The conjunctivitis in my eye wont seem to stay gone. It goes away with medicine, but I t has came back a few times. And I have a cold sore. I thought that when you get one it means your immune system is down? And I have deveolped folliculitis. Could it be acne related since Im 16? I know I had no risk, but I just cant accept it...

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2ndChance
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Re: Do you think my immune system is weak? new
      #164698 - 11/19/05 04:23 PM

Anxiety would certainly weaken the immune system. You don't have hIV though. As your doc to put you on anti depressants

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Re: Do you think my immune system is weak? new
      #164714 - 11/19/05 09:45 PM

Seek counseling...the other poster is correct...anxiety and stress will weaken your immune system.

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Re: Do you think my immune system is weak? new
      #164727 - 11/20/05 02:10 AM

By your own admission, you are at no risk for HIV but it continues to bother you. I would go visit your doctor and ask for a referral to a psychotherapist.

Perhaps you can discuss your fears of HIV with the therapist. I would be very careful about using medications though as one poster mentioned (no offense to the other poster, just my $0,02).

As a culture, I think we over-medicate and in the area of brain-chemistry, we don't know enough about it to mess with it, IMHO unless there are severe problems, which I doubt you have.

Anti-depressants have been linked to a higher-rate of suicides, for example, which is ironic for obvious reasons.

I hope you feel better soon.



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Re: Do you think my immune system is weak? new
      #164733 - 11/20/05 03:43 AM

hi

regards from india

No from what you suggest i do not see an weak immune system, if your immune system was indeed weak you would have been under constant medical observation.You yourself admit you do not pose any risk as far as HIV is concerned, consequently your fears pertaining to HIV are unjustified, i am afraid.

Consider getting mental help, it would be very helpful.

goodluck

stay well

take care

god bless you

love ravi

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2ndChance
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Re: Do you think my immune system is weak? new
      #164740 - 11/20/05 06:30 AM

Testmeister you aint Tom Cruise are you? :P

I was on medication a few years back but got off them and followed exercise instead. I was around the same age as the original poster and they seemed to work (although I was suffering a different form of depression)

I think it will no doubt be up to the GP whether he feels like they belong on medication. Personally I would never go back on them but admit they did work

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      #164741 - 11/20/05 06:31 AM

You can't get HIV from taking anti-depressants either Worried. :P

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Re: Do you think my immune system is weak? new
      #164794 - 11/21/05 01:40 AM

2ndchance: You are correct, I stand corrected. I think I let my bias against mind-altering medications get into the post. If a doctor says take Prozac or whatever, then that advice should be seriously considered.

I have enough trouble with my coffee addiction, so I personally would pass.




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