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Debbie B in MD

Parkinson's, Macular Degeneration, & Celiac

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My dad has macular degeneration and Parkinson's disease. My daughter and I have Celiac and thyroid issues. She has hashimoto's and I have Graves. So many in my family have stomach issues. We do not know if my dad is celiac, but the issues seem to stem from his side. My aunt, his sister, has macular degenration and gerd. Their father had rheumatoid arthritis, parkinson's, and macular degeneration. So. I guess what I am asking is.... Does anyone else have a family thing of Parkinson's and/or macualr degeneration? I am thankful to have discovered the celiac now. I am 44 and my daughter is 15. There is time for me to improve my absorption of nutrients and hopefully stave off these family curses. Thank God my daughter can have a healthy life finding this out now. So please share about your families. Thanks.

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My siblings and my cousins (Mom's side)-- full of autoimmune disease: thyroid, thyroid cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, Crohn's, asthma, diabetes, allergies, hypertension and GERD. None with Parkinson's.

My Dad died after 8 years of needing constant blood transfusions and they never did figure out why he kept losing blood. He was scoped every which way--he had the best doctors at Lahey Clinic outside of Boston. (I believe he had celiac but never would have thought of that as I was not Dxed back then.) He had gut issues, ulcers, h. pylori infection, and anemia. He ultimately died of kidney failure. My mother is pretty healthy at 84, but was just DXed with hypothyroid and macular degeneration.

Genetically speaking , I think I'm screwed :unsure:

Unless, like you , now that I know the CAUSE of my own illnesses and pain, I can ward off some of these other things, too...I sure hope so!!

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Parkinson's - a friend's husband had it - her daughter is celiac.

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