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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, cancelling plans with friends or family and putting 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 and sleep disruptions, catching an illness can not only introduce new symptoms, such as sickness, diarrhoea, fever and chills for example, but it can worsen preexisting ones, too.
For many of us living with a chronic health condition, our bodies may not be as resilient as an average person’s, as they already struggle to function as they should, so they often take the blow of a cold, virus or stomach bug harder than a ‘healthier’ person.