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  • Summer colds and flu – Does your ALS make them worse or about the same?

    Posted by Dagmar on July 14, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Whenever I come down with a summer cold I’ve noticed my ALS has an effect on my symptoms. Pre-ALS, I had the usual chills, coughs, and sore muscles. Now, all those symptoms feel super amplified; especially affecting my swallowing and breathing. Thankfully, some Tylenol and a few days of bed rest do the trick.

    Have you noticed any changes in your colds or flu symptoms since you’ve been living with ALS? What are the go-to remedies that help you to feel better and head towards recovery?

    Dagmar replied 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Alan Larrivee

    June 20, 2023 at 10:09 am

    Have my first ALS/Cold. It does seem amplified. Aches and pains and weakness seem more intense. Can’t cough up anything. I think I will be wearing masks when ever I go out in the public in the future. Not fun.

  • Dagmar

    June 20, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    I agree with you Alan, that ALS seems to amplify cold symptoms. Take time to get over it, and while you do, keep your body gently moving. I found recovery left me feeling as if my ALS was worse, but it was only the set-back of not being active. I wrote a column on this very topic:



    June 21, 2023 at 8:07 am

    Hi…new to this game…wife Linda diagnosed with ALS in April…this is good info…she does not need issued of a cold with all the new issues she has…I keep her away from crowds…practice distancing since you know what…always have her use a mask when we have Dr. Appts…etc…and thanks for the info…

    • Dagmar

      June 21, 2023 at 12:19 pm

      I agree with you……. I still wear a face mask when in indoor public spaces.

  • Diane Pascot

    June 21, 2023 at 8:08 am

    I’m with you, Dagmar – whether it’s a ‘normal’ illness like a cold or the flu or anything else that slows me down much more than it would have in the past (such as the lumbar puncture I had last week for participation in a clinical trial) – I find myself fearing that my ALS symptoms and energy levels are taking a permanent turn for the worse. But I get back to moving as much as I can as soon as I can – it’s the best thing for my physical and mental health. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights!

    • Dagmar

      June 21, 2023 at 12:21 pm

      I give you my kudos for undergoing a lumbar puncture – – ouch! 😉

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