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When the average person gets ill – catches a cold, a sickness bug, virus etc. – it can feel rubbish enough. Having to take a day or two off work, cancel plans with friends or family and put up with a messy house is all part and parcel of being ill. Everyone gets ill from time to time, even those with the best immune system.
But what is it like for those of us who already live with a chronic illness?
When someone already lives with a health condition such as hypothyroidism, which causes symptoms such as heavy fatigue, muscle pain, insomnia, etc. catching a cold, virus or bug can not only introduce new symptoms, such as sickness, diarrhoea, fever and chills for example, but it can generally worsen preexisting ones, too.
For many of us living with a chronic health condition, our bodies aren’t as strong as an average person’s and they already struggle to function as they should – hence the medical condition/s we have, so they often take the blow of a cold, virus or stomach bug harder than a healthier person.
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and award-winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, blogger, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. She has two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received eight 2020 WEGO Health Award Nominations.