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Immune System On Overdrive

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About a year ago, when a bad reaction to a hep B shot set off Celiac in me, I have felt that my immune system has been on over drive. I have been on the gluten-free diet for three weeks now and the D has stopped and the C is starting to calm itself down, but I feel my immune system is still on overdrive. Has anyone else felt the overdrive of the immune system and does the gluten-free diet help settle the immune system down? Thanks everyone. Again, everyone here has been so helpful.

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Hi,

what do you mean by your immune system is in overdrive?

Interesting - I suspect Hep B shots may have been contributor to this too - that is only thing really different that I have had that my identical twin sister hasn't - and she doesn't have celiac problems.....

Everything should settle down with the right diet. Hang in there!

Sally


Sally

Aussie living in Philippines, Manager, Triathlete, Mum to 2 dogs, 2 cats & fish

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Hypothyroid, diag. 2000, desicated thryoid 3 grains + T4 50 mcg.

Pituitary adenoma, 2002 - no treatment (no followup yet)

Polycystic, 2000 - no treatment

IBD by biopsy - end 2006 (cause not investigated)

Suspected Gluten intolerant/celiac - not diagnosed

Gluten Free - start Dec 06 (big improvement in tummy troubles, though still not 100%..)

Allergies suspected to Rice, Mango, Chicken, some fish (though testing)... still trying to work it all out.

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Whenever I am sick with something, I can always feel my body's white blood cells fighting off what is attacking me. I just feel like I have a low grade fever all the time with this. I am sure it is a huge response to the Hep B shot.(received a year ago) I also have Ankolosing Spondylitis which was set off by the vaccine. After the shot, I became highly allergic to most foods. It has settled down a bit but it seems I am still reacting to all gluten and wheat along with other items. I was dx with IBS years ago but now I think it was Celiac and it was set off full force with the Hep B shot. The gluten-free diet has been working wonders with the C and D along with the pain I would feel in my lower back area.

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All I can speak from is my own experience. When I was diagnosed it was originally by a very savvy allergist, after 15 years of misdiagnosis of my daily pain and D. Before he put me on the elimination diet he tested for true allergies. He did tests, the injection under the skin one, 90 of them. I reacted to everything except beech trees. It was at this point that he strongly suspected celiac but he had me do the elimination diet anyway. He had said that my immune system was in hyperdrive because of the untreated celiac and within a year my 'other' allergies were for the most part gone. Along with my asthma. For me the immune reaction has subsided, but not, I suspect, completely as I have not had even the sniffles since about 6 months after going gluten-free.


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Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

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HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

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Hmmm, I never felt like I could feel the white blood cells attacking, but I did get sick from EVERYTHING until about six months post-gluten-free. Colds would last forever. Now that I'm not attacking my immune system with gluten, I seem to be able to handle germs no problem. Maybe you just need to give it time.


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Peanut-Free since July 2006.

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About a year ago, when a bad reaction to a hep B shot set off Celiac in me, I have felt that my immune system has been on over drive. I have been on the gluten-free diet for three weeks now and the D has stopped and the C is starting to calm itself down, but I feel my immune system is still on overdrive. Has anyone else felt the overdrive of the immune system and does the gluten-free diet help settle the immune system down? Thanks everyone. Again, everyone here has been so helpful.

When you say had a bad reaction what do mean? I suspect my DD (3) has been battling a low grade fever reaction since having it at birth.

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My bad reaction to the Hep B shot was:

Within the hour severe D and shakey legs.

Within a week I became allergic to all foods, had heart palps, slept 18-20 hours a day, could not stand for long periods of time, had fuzzy vision, unclear thinking, lost 15 pounds in two weeks, had severe D, felt like immune sytem was in over drive and still is, felt like I had a low grade fever, felt body was shutting down and dying(this phase lasted for months). Things are slowly getting better but major damage has been done.I have always had IBS but now believe it was connected to celiac genes and the shot just set the auto immune disease off.

Because of the H I have gone through, I now have a theory on vaccines. I think all babies should have a complete gene work up when they are born. If any defects in genes, or auto immune genes show up, then no vaccines should be given. I believe that vaccines can set off auto immune diseases in people with damaged genes. I think the idea of blanket vaccines for all people is wrong. I think vaccines in the future are going to need to be individulized. Also I believe that the delivery of vaccines is toxic whether the vaccine sits in a mercury or wheat based bath. Read stories on the net about vaccine injuries and auto immune diseases. It is pretty scary. The above thoughts are just my opinion.

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I've often felt like my kids' immune systems are still a bit overactive. My dd, who was the sickest, caught every bug the first three months on the diet. Since then, she hasn't even had the sniffles. The only time she gets sick is from a gluten accident....and her immune system really goes at it (this week actually). Right now we are on day three of a fever, tonight it's 103. Which is the only reason I'm up so late, lol.


Tamara, mom to 4 gluten & casein free kiddos!

Age 11 - Psoriasis

Age 8- dx'd Celiac March 2005

Age 6- gluten-free/cf, allergy related seizures

Age 4 - reflux, resolved with gluten-free/cf

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I absolutely agree about the danger of vaccines. The most likely trigger of my celiac was that frickin' HepB vaccine. Is really mysterious that the number of kids with asthma and allergies have skyrocketed at the same time that we require them to get more and more vaccines? (Most of which they don't need BTW.

As for your immune system, I think I know what you mean. I got sick 8-9 years ago, I went from doctor to doctor, and they all told me I had a hyperactive immune system, but they didn't know why. Since going gluten-free 8 months ago, I'm feeling better, but I still have a long way to go.

Remember, what the gluten is doing in your body is triggering an immune response. Your body thinks a gluten molecule is a virus, so your immune system goes on high alert. And your body is full of these gluten molecules that your body is trying to attack and eliminate. And the gluten is not just in your intestines --- it goes all through your body. Over time, as your immune system rids your body of all the gluten in it, our immune systems should slow down.

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