Last week, I got "normal people sick" for the first time in years. I had a fever for over 3 days (around 102), and personally I believe this was a really big step in my healing. The reason why this is a good thing is because it's a sign that my immune system is starting to wake up and respond normally.
Ever since I became chronically ill, I stopped getting common colds and flus. I could be in close proximity to others with colds and flus and never catch them. This is fairly common for those that suffer from serious chronic illness, and it happens because the immune system is too damaged to respond and fight off viruses and bad bacteria.
Dr. Natasha McBride, the author of Gut & Pysiology Syndrome (which I'd highly recommend reading) says that having your first fever is a "cause for celebration" because your immune system is starting to function correctly again.
So, as uncomfortable as having a fever is, I saw it as a really positive thing and an important part of my healing journey. I did not take any sort of fever reducers or medication while I was sick, because I wanted my body to naturally fight off as much of the bad bacteria in my body as possible. Though I did have "the virus", I believe my body was fighting off much more than just that (as I have dealt with chronic infections like lyme). I've never been more excited to have a fever in my life, haha.
Over the past 2 months, I've been doing a brain retraining program called DNRS. The goal with DNRS is to get your body out of a subconscious "survival state" in order to allow for healing. This has been life changing for me already. Many that do DNRS get their first flu or fever in the first few months, as a sign that their immune system is starting to heal. One of my good friends calls it a "big DNRS milestone" to have a fever. I just thought I'd let you guys know!
P.S. Just out of curiosity, I did a poll on my instagram asking those who were/are chronically ill if they ever had fevers since becoming ill. Out of 100 votes, 55% said they did not get fevers when chronically ill. Of course not a significant study, but interesting nonetheless!
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