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Anyone Know Much About RH Factor?

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What exactly is the relation of lacking RH factor in regard to autoimmune conditions?

 

One of the reasons l suspected celiac or gluten intolerance, is based on matching symptoms and  because l've kind of been waiting for an autoimmune to 'drop' for awhile. When l was 19 and a nurse told me l had Raynaud's l googled everything l could about it, at the time l didn't think there was any way l could have an underlying autoimmune cause, and no other symptoms of any disorder (looking back, there were some mild symptoms l wouldn't have been able to pinpoint). When only my hands were an issue l just told myself l may develop rheumatoid arthritis by 35-40 but didnt think anything else of it.

 

Later l found out l am A-, along with my mom. l have seen a few threads here about it and don't want to beat a dead horse but l'm not wondering about it specifically in relation to celiac disease, there are some really informed people here who might have further info.

 

Are we more likely to have an autoimmune disorder in general? Why is so little research done on this? Generally l am getting off pretty easily, having pretty mild symptoms now aside from serious weight loss. l sometimes wonder if something more serious might pop up down the road and l think regardless of what happens, going gluten free might benefit a number of conditions associated with RH negative factor. 

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I am RH negative. 

I found only one actual medical article/study on a connection between AI diseases, health status and RH factor. Frankly, I am a bit leery of conclusions drawn from online surveys being used for medical studies. here's the link:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4619848/

I will say that (cross fingers & at least for now) I only have celiac disease & no other AI diseases. Health problems that I had prior to going gluten free have resolved and nothing else in my life has changed to cause that other than eating strict gluten free.

My mother had no AI diseases either excepting celiac disease which she was never diagnosed with but I am convinced, in hindsight, she was a celiac who had dh. 

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1 hour ago, squirmingitch said:

I am RH negative. 

I found only one actual medical article/study on a connection between AI diseases, health status and RH factor. Frankly, I am a bit leery of conclusions drawn from online surveys being used for medical studies. here's the link:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4619848/

I will say that (cross fingers & at least for now) I only have celiac disease & no other AI diseases. Health problems that I had prior to going gluten free have resolved and nothing else in my life has changed to cause that other than eating strict gluten free.

My mother had no AI diseases either excepting celiac disease which she was never diagnosed with but I am convinced, in hindsight, she was a celiac who had dh. 

l think l've read this before in a 'research' haze also wondered why they used online surveys. Didn't they also say they posted it on social media? Facebook l think, with no way to verify it. l will look over it again because it does look like there is interesting information there.

 

Some of the conditions don't specific to the RH  factor at all (l don't think personality disorders should be included, let alone ASPD) but some l have heard mentioned before. Ankylosing Spondilitis is the only onel have seen verified by medical sources.

 

l still have no real theory on why we would be more susceptible.

 

It might be helpful if  a broader kind of screening was available medically if we actually are an autotimmune sort of phenotype, and if gluten sensitivity is a factor l do think a lot of  resulting conditions could be avoided.

 

The impression l get is that MANY Rh+ people do develop autoimmune disease, but a higher than expected rate for us being a very small percentage of the population is present.

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