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Total disappearance of common colds?

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Something that's always weirded me out since I became somewhat non-responsive on repeat biopsies: I don't get colds anymore. Ever. I used to get maybe 5 a year — standard stuff. Nothing in the past 3 years. I get a lot of sleep these days, but still. My girlfriend gets sick; I do not.

 

Anyone else find their common transient illnesses take a strange turn after diagnosis? I hypothesize having an abnormal/overactive immune system might take down common bugs hard, but I also assume it's far more complicated than that. 

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I never was a very sick person until I was diagnosed. Now I wish I would catch the common cold instead of all the intestinal issues I have. I don't get the flu either. I can't remember the last time I was non celiac related sick.  Except for menopause, but that's another book for another day.

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Yeah I think it has something to do with our overly aggressive immune systems. -_- not gotten virus sick in over 2 years despite being around people who are sick, sorta miss getting sick cause of a virus instead of getting sick cause I ate something that makes me throw up.

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Nope.  I got the flu and a cold within a two month span at the end of winter.  However, I was battle a tooth infection during that same time period.  

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I wish!  I got the flu this winter as well as a couple of colds.  I do have 3 lids, the youngest in preschool, so there's always a lot of germs around. Lol

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you're lucky you dont catch colds. im the opposite i catch everything very easily and get alot sicker than whoever i caught it from and take much longer to get better.

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@jddh So...did the restricted diet you were going to implement work (FODMAP or Whole Foods)?  I recall that you were mis-diagnosed at one point with refractory celiac disease, but it was later determined that you were getting trace amounts of gluten in your diet.  If you are not catching colds, I assume that you have healed from the damages of celiac disease?  I hope so!!! ?

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I was diagnosed in 2002 and I think I have had maybe 2 actual colds since then. I figured the same as you that with my immune system not having to try and 'save' me from gluten that it now is able to fight off the occasional virus.  The only thing it hasn't been able to fight off is shingles. Thankfully those are clearing and I blame myself for that with lack of sleep and a very poor diet for a bit. Lesson learned, one does not live off crackers and cheese alone.

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5 hours ago, cyclinglady said:

@jddh So...did the restricted diet you were going to implement work (FODMAP or Whole Foods)?  I recall that you were mis-diagnosed at one point with refractory celiac disease, but it was later determined that you were getting trace amounts of gluten in your diet.  If you are not catching colds, I assume that you have healed from the damages of celiac disease?  I hope so!!! ?

@cyclinglady thanks for checking in :) Restricted diet didn't do much. Still had some VA last time they checked. Heath still otherwise fine, so RCD remains unlikely. My sxs kick in lockstep with life stress, so that kind of points to some general IBS stuff on top of celiac disease. Very doubtful I'm getting any gluten in, but fingers crossed my system is just a little hyper-vigilant, as I ponder on this thread.

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meeeeeee!!!!  i used to get pneumonia every single winter!!!!  and all the flus and colds, etc - i am surrounded by kids and germs, but when they all get the flu, i do not.  my husband (mr-play-through-the-pain) even got knocked down (spent 2-3 days in BED miserable) by the last round of virus, but not me.   not to mention no headaches, no migraines, etc.  hormones and the dreaded menopause, like hellodee2 said, is a whole 'nother ballgame lolz

glad you are feeling better :)

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16 hours ago, notme! said:

meeeeeee!!!!  i used to get pneumonia every single winter!!!!  and all the flus and colds

Me too. I had numerous chest x rays as I couldnt shake colds off and they always progressed on to my chest. Barely happens since my diet change :)

 

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