Post Edited (misscali415) : 12/1/2007 1:26:57 AM (GMT-7)
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I think that I was genetically disposed -my mom had Type 1 diabetes which is an autoimmune disease. But, I also had Mono twice. Once as a teenager and then again in my early 20's. After having it the second time I never really felt well, but didn't find out until 3 years ago that I had MCTD at age 46.
My pinky ends before the joint on my ring finger. Interesting theory.... Hubbies ends right at the joint.
This is a very good topic!
I'm caucasion. Scottish and British heritage. No one else in my family has any type of autoimmune disease. We've researched the generations before me as well, and no one seems to have this type of medical history. Aren't I the lucky one! LOL.
Triggers for me are severe strep throat as a child, too much sun (I'm a redhead. Didn't wear enough SPF, spent a lot of time outdoors as a child), had a disjointed childhood. Lots of moving, parents separating then getting back together many times. Traumatic.
Ummmmm, had surgery to treat TMJ when I was 16. First signs of fibro with that ordeal. Hard to say really what the trigger was. Could have been none of these, or all of them!
I don't have the pinky finger thing. I found that very interesting!