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Hi There,

I am 29 years old I have been sick my whole life... catching every cold, flu etc. and suffering from illnesses such as chronic sinusitis and chronic migraines. When I was diagnosed with Celiac I was told that my immune system was compromised because of the celiac. I have been on a fairly strict gluten free diet for the last 5 years... but I am still sick all the time! I get EVERYTHING coming and going! Colds, flues etc. I am ALWAYS sick! My question is does Celiac and other auto immune diseases effect your immune system and make you more suseptable to viruses etc.

Anyone else have the same experiences?

Thanks,

Megan

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Hi There,

I am 29 years old I have been sick my whole life... catching every cold, flu etc. and suffering from illnesses such as chronic sinusitis and chronic migraines. When I was diagnosed with Celiac I was told that my immune system was compromised because of the celiac. I have been on a fairly strict gluten free diet for the last 5 years... but I am still sick all the time! I get EVERYTHING coming and going! Colds, flues etc. I am ALWAYS sick! My question is does Celiac and other auto immune diseases effect your immune system and make you more suseptable to viruses etc.

Anyone else have the same experiences?

Thanks,

Megan

I'm 19 I am sick all the time aswell. I get a cold about every 2 months, sometimes more often. Did you know that if you are diagnosed with celiac you are a candidate for the flu shot? you will get it for free! ( at least you do in canda)

Mandy

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I have the same thing, chronic sinusitis and tonsilitus, catch every cold, etc. I got allergy testing done, and it turns out I'm highly allergic to dust mites, cockroaches and juniper pollen. My colds and sinusitis were being caused by my nose being constantly inflamed, the same with my throat and tonsils.

I'm now on a new allergy med called zyzal and am getting allergy shots and haven't had a cold or a bout of bad sinusitis in months. It might be worth talking to your ENT about whether or not its being caused by/ exacerabated by allergies. Its completely changed my life.


Positive Bloodwork 7/8/05

Inconclusive Biopsy 7/20/05

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I used to be sick constantly but don't any longer unless I get CC'd. I had to go off all trace glutens to turn my health around--not just part of the time off gluten. I have had to be a detective sleuth to get rid of all the gluten and still find additional sources even in building materials (I help renovate old houses). But it is definitely worth it to me to be healthy overall and actually not get the colds and flues everyone else is getting. I used to always have them at least 3 or 4 times longer than anyone else.

Another major help has been for me to take co-enzyme B complex every day (on an empty stomach) as well as vitamin D (cod liver oil) and vitamins C and E and minerals with my meals.

Plus for me its important to avoid all sugar and other things I am allergic or sensitive to. I find when I really am under it if I eat more of a cave man diet I do much better faster. Thus no grains and usually no dairy. Instead I focus on eating a lot of vegetables with some squash and a little boiled chicken.

In addition I have found exercise, saunas, deep breathing, yoga all help immensely. Its not a one time thing, its a way of life.

I am also a strong believer in herbs. Occasionally I try some that help clean out my lymphs and liver, like echinacea or cleavers for the lymphs and dandelion root or milk thistle for the liver. I find Yellow dock or Oregon Grape Root are good to take now and then as a general good thing for intestinal health (I dont take these last two if I am having D however, since they are mildly laxative--they encourage peristalsis by helping the release of bile).

I have found that Marshmallow Root and Slippery Elm help hugely to take down inflammation in the intestines and heal the villi, thus helping get rid of this whole problem at the root. In old Europe they gave these herbs to people who had "wasting disease"., i.e., celiac.

Hope this helps!

Bea


Diagnosed celiac sprue as infant: failure to thrive & pneumonia-back on grains age 4. Began herbs 1971 combating chronic kidney disease/general ill health 1973. Avoid wheat family and "allergens" by 1980. Late 80's doc. diagnosed candida: cave-man diet. Diagnosed degraded myelin sheath 2006; need co-enzyme B vitamins. Discovered celiac fall 2007; finally told diagnosis as infant. Recently found I am salicylic acid intolerant. Ironically can't tolerate most herbs now. Can now eat brown rice & other gluten-free grains (except corn) & even maple syrup & now homeopathic medicine works! Am still exploring the shape of this elephant but I've made progress!

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Hi There,

I am 29 years old I have been sick my whole life... catching every cold, flu etc. and suffering from illnesses such as chronic sinusitis and chronic migraines. When I was diagnosed with Celiac I was told that my immune system was compromised because of the celiac. I have been on a fairly strict gluten free diet for the last 5 years... but I am still sick all the time! I get EVERYTHING coming and going! Colds, flues etc. I am ALWAYS sick! My question is does Celiac and other auto immune diseases effect your immune system and make you more suseptable to viruses etc.

Anyone else have the same experiences?

Thanks,

Megan

I don't usually get colds or the flu but I feel sick almost every other week. Mostly i feel nausiated and real tired. No i'm not PG :) I wish i had the energy i used to have.


Kris

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I used to be sick constantly but don't any longer unless I get CC'd. I had to go off all trace glutens to turn my health around--not just part of the time off gluten. I have had to be a detective sleuth to get rid of all the gluten and still find additional sources even in building materials (I help renovate old houses). But it is definitely worth it to me to be healthy overall and actually not get the colds and flues everyone else is getting. I used to always have them at least 3 or 4 times longer than anyone else.

Bea

This is me too. Anytime I did catch something it would also always progress to pneumonia or broncitis. Others would be sick for a week I would be sick for 2 months. I think my body was so busy attacking me with the antibody reaction it was dealing with from the celiac that it had little chance to deal with the 'bugs' that go around. My allergist called it 'my immune system on hyperdrive'. I haven't caught a cold or flu now in a very long time. I literally can't remember when. I do make it a practice to wash my hands immediately when I get home from somewhere and that may help also.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

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

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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Untreated celiac and gluten intolerance are autoimmune disorders and thus can weaken your immune system -- making you more susceptible to colds and other illnesses.

Please check in with your medical practitioner to make sure your immune system is up to snuff and that your vitamin and mineral panels are too.

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This is me too. Anytime I did catch something it would also always progress to pneumonia or broncitis. Others would be sick for a week I would be sick for 2 months. I think my body was so busy attacking me with the antibody reaction it was dealing with from the celiac that it had little chance to deal with the 'bugs' that go around. My allergist called it 'my immune system on hyperdrive'. I haven't caught a cold or flu now in a very long time. I literally can't remember when. I do make it a practice to wash my hands immediately when I get home from somewhere and that may help also.

Washing the hands often is a great idea. I do it to avoid gluten ingestion from being out and about. I can see it would be helpful to avoid bugs too.


Diagnosed celiac sprue as infant: failure to thrive & pneumonia-back on grains age 4. Began herbs 1971 combating chronic kidney disease/general ill health 1973. Avoid wheat family and "allergens" by 1980. Late 80's doc. diagnosed candida: cave-man diet. Diagnosed degraded myelin sheath 2006; need co-enzyme B vitamins. Discovered celiac fall 2007; finally told diagnosis as infant. Recently found I am salicylic acid intolerant. Ironically can't tolerate most herbs now. Can now eat brown rice & other gluten-free grains (except corn) & even maple syrup & now homeopathic medicine works! Am still exploring the shape of this elephant but I've made progress!

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I don't usually get colds or the flu but I feel sick almost every other week. Mostly i feel nausiated and real tired. No i'm not PG :) I wish i had the energy i used to have.

This sounds more like CC than compromised immune system. What is your diet like?

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I suffered from severe chronic migraines with my fibromyalgia, as well as severe sinus infections and a worsening of my overall pain threshold, but since I've kept a strict organic diet they have been almost non-existent.

Most of the time I only get them after I eat something I shouldn't have. Corn, soy, and wheat are the worst (as well as all animal products since this is what they are fed, plus injected with antibiotics and growth hormones). I can get away with non-organic fruits and veggies otherwise, but everything else I have to be very careful with.

GMO corn actually has insecticide INSIDE of it, and GMO wheat is sprayed liberally with Roundup (the stuff that's killing off the honey bees). Also, don't be fooled by "Non-GMO" labels. that is NOT the same thing as organic. Farmers will tell you that there is very little difference between the chemicals they use for GMO crops and Non-GMO crops.

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