Speed Of Recovery From Colds And Flu

What Causes Slow Recovery From Colds And Flu?

Slow recovery from colds and flu can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose slow recovery from colds and flu, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "slow recovery from colds and flu" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Adrenal Fatigue

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
breast soreness during cycle
history of cortisol use
poor cold weather tolerance
unusual vaginal bleeding
acne worse during period
darker/redder skin color
suspected adrenal insufficiency
low systolic blood pressure
adverse reaction to stress
low diastolic blood pressure
history of CFS diagnosis
very tender muscles
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of slow recovery from colds and flu:
Cause Probability Status
Weakened Immune System 93% Confirm
Adrenal Fatigue 52% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about speed of recovery from colds and flu:
Compared to other people, how quickly do you tend to recover from a cold or flu? Normally symptoms are at their worst in the first 2-3 days, then start improving during days 3-5, with full recovery taking 7-14 days.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Quickly - full recovery usually within 1 to 5 days
→ I'm about average
→ Colds/flus often hit me harder than other people
→ Recovery usually/always takes over 2 weeks
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate rapid recovery from colds/flu, average recovery from colds/flu, slow recovery from colds/flu or very slow recovery from colds/flu, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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