This is an interesting question. I was told by my neurologist that if you have one autoimmune disease that you are a bit more predisposed to having others. There are at least a couple of others here who have more than one autoimmune disease. Michelle (who is in the hospital right now - prayers please ) has lupus and MS. I have a harmless skin condition called granuloma annulare which is thought to be autoimmune and often a precursor to other autoimmune diseases. When it showed up 5 years ago, I was tested for RA and lupus and those tests came back negative but then later was diagnosed with MS. It is interesting. I have not heard anything about the medications leading to a predisposition to another disease. And because most treatments seek to 'balance' the immune systems that seems unlikely. In fact, once I started treatment for MS, my skin condition cleared up. My neurologist feels that this was due directly to the MS treatment.
Have you heard about the study being done on Crohn's at Penn? They had such favorable results in the first part of the study with the effect of low dose naltrexone on Crohn's, that more money was provided to continue the study. This drug is also being used for MS with very good ancedotal reports. I am taking it for MS.
Just thought since this med seems to work for both diseases it may be something you want to check out. Their website is www.lowdosenaltrexone.org. This med is cheap, about $20 a month, so pharmaceutical cos are not behind this since there is no money in it for them. That may be why you don't hear much about it.
Hi, excellent thread! I have CD (four years) and was diagnosed a year ago with hypothyroidism (autoimmune too). Now I have some really odd neuro symptoms and am waiting to see the neurologist. I asked the endocrinologist last year if, now that I had two autoimmune diseases, I was going to get anymore. He said hopefully not, always a possibility. I asked the immunology clinic if the neurology symptoms are likely to be autoimmune, and the answer was "probably". No one's mentioned MS, but there are other autoimmune diseases that cause neurological symptoms. I will just have to wait for my appointment. It seems there are many people on this site "collecting the set" of autoimmune diseases! On the up side, that really means we only have one real health issue, it's our immune systems. And maybe one of these drugs you've mentioned might eventually lead to something that works for all of them.
Oh Lulu, I'm so sorry to hear that...
Sending many many hugs your way...