I am new to this forum so please bear with me...I saw the other shingle post but I wondered how many people with celiac-disease have gotten shingles more than once, and at an unusual age (under 50)? I am on my third break-out at 36. My doctor was completely disinterested in the fact that I have celiac-disease and that I thought it could very well relate to my shingle out-breaks....nonetheless he threw an HIV test at me, which I am annoyed and upset about because I have been faithfully married for 15 years, besides having those tests done during my pregnancies by routine. All were negative. Nonetheless, that was his only answer for me...I am so upset, so I was wondering how many others with celiac-disease have suffered multiple recurrences of shingles...the Dr is making me feel crazy...thanks in advance...
It sounds like you have shingles and not DH as shingles will definitely be on one side only. I had one bout of shingles last year, which has not recurred. Shingles generally only happens when you become run down or the immune system is compromised...which Celiac Disease is not. However, Celiac Disease can cause you to become run down and then you could pop with shingles.
A couple of things.....my bout was caused by my thyroid going hypo again for about 6 months. I had a shift and was hyper-thyroid and then swung low, which in turn caused me to become slightly anemic. Hypo-thyroid will cause anemia. That's when I popped with shingles. It took me about 6 months to regain control of my thyroid, with a different thyroid hormone. I am no longer anemic, either.
Pregnancy will also suppress your immune system and that's why so many expectant mothers develop shingles. It is NOT unusual anymore for younger people to develop shingles. Stress, being run down....you name it, if it suppresses your immune system, shingles can occur. I was 50 years old when I had my first, and hopefully, last bout.
You may want to consider getting the vaccine for it because of the number of outbreaks. Otherwise, get tested to see if you are anemic. Having Celiac can make a person prone to anemia....just because you follow the gluten-free diet doesn't mean you
won't run into small problems now and again. That could explain the on-going outbreaks. They usually do not give the vaccine to younger people (under 62) but if you keep having the problem and no direct cause can be found, I would consider it myself.
Doctors are a pain in the butt, at times, and I limit my exposure to them. They are often clueless about autoimmune issues and do not generally think outside the box. I take responsibility for my health issues and do my own thing and it has never failed me. My PCP never looked into why I popped with shingles because they just don't. It took my homeopathic, thyroid physician to figure it out, along with my input on what was going on.
I am careful now about becoming anemic again and so far, so good. Hope you feel better because shingles totally blows. I wasn't in a lot of pain like some but the nerve issues were annoying to no end.