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I'm wondering if u have celiac disease/gulten intolerance can it make ur immune system weaker so u get Ill more ? I seem to be getting ill a lot in the last year and didnt  normally get Ill at all . 

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First, celiac disease itself is an immune disorder. Specifically, it is and "autoimmune" disorder. So it represents a dysfunction in your immune system to begin with. If you are talking about infectious diseases, the connection may have more to do with poor nutrient uptake due to damage to the small bowel mucosa (villi), which is where most nutrient absorption occurs. 

Being a new member may we also assume you are a recently diagnosed Celiac? How educated are you on where gluten is found in food and also about cross contamination issues? Many new Celiacs are still getting much more gluten than they realize because they just aren't yet very savvy about recognizing how and how often we get glutenned unless one is well-educated and extremely vigilant. Even trace amounts of gluten can prevent healing in the small bowel,  though symptoms may seem to largely reside.

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In addition to what Trent has said, the jury is still out on whether Coeliac (as we say in Scotland) causes food intolerances or whether the lack of gluten in the diet causes then but nevertheless as can be seen in this forum, food intolerances seem to go hand in hand with celiac disease. In my own case these intolerances cause headaches and fatigue which can last for two days.

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Im new to the whole thing. I have no idea about cross contamination. I haven't been diagnosed yet I'm scared by the whole thing. But I just know it's gulten 

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Yeah here you can read into getting diagnosed, if celiac then you can rest assured you know hte cure and it will just take time with the gluten free diet. The newbie 101 thread will have many of your answers. Might be worth keeping a food diary just for references for now, and if you intend to get tested you need to be eating gluten sadly.
https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/understanding-celiac-disease-2/diagnosing-celiac-disease/screening/
https://www.celiac.com/forums/topic/91878-newbie-info-101/

I used to get sick more often when eating gluten...but if you immune system is fighting one enemy on the front line it gives way for something else to sneak past it and hit you hard. So yes I would say so.....I hardly ever get sick now days with a virus.....food intolerance, reaching my personal tolerances for ceratin types of foods in a meal, or some other random quirk normally makes me sick...but these are normally just purge and go on sick....not painful for hours.

 

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You really do need to get tested. The earlier you catch it the less likely serious and permanent damage to your body will occur. One of the Celiac associated medical problems is osteopenia/osteoporosis because of poor mineral absorption. 

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The instance of getting sick more often is possible.  There have been threads here years ago about people getting sick a lot with colds etc.  I think the opposite is also possible,   Sometimes people with celiac can get sick with various infections less often than other people.  Possibly because their immune system is always charged up and ready to go.  So it can go either way IMHO.

Did I mention that celiac disease can be hard to diagnose?  Most people with celiac disease are undiagnosed today.  It used to be 95% undiagnosed, but I think the medical people have improved their numbers in recent years.  They might even be down to only 75% undiagnosed!  Yeah! :)

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I'm ill again now. It's getting to be a right pain . Looks like I need to have a good read . I just don't like doctors will they even take it seriously?  

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