Well I always look at it the other way.
I think that UC and CD are not that "big" of a deal and don't get mad I know a lot of people are suffering from that a great deal me too. And I don't mean to disrespect anyone .
But I am more afraid of Lupus or other auto immune disease that affect the big guys like the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and so on.
I always told my doc don't worry about me I wont be afraid because it does not a fact the big players but I guess I can throw that out the window now since I got AIH
Listen to pb4.....most AI diseases can be incredibly nasty, causing excruciating pain and making you WISH you were dying even if you're not! It truly depends on the individual and how severe the case of whatever-it-is.
I say this because the list of the AI diseases I DON'T have is probably shorter than the list of what I DO have. :(
As to celiac disease and how bad it can be, you clearly don't know much about
it. Recent research has shown that celiac disease can actually "
open the door" for other autoimmune diseases to develop....please see the following article for details on this:www.umm.edu/news/releases/zonulin.htm
One form of celiac disease involves a rash from hell called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH for short), which can show up all over your body, itches worse than poison ivy, and leaves purple scars as it heals. It can take MONTHS to heal. The most effective form of medication against DH is a drug that they use on leprosy
....the ONLY other use for this drug is against leprosy! It's so dangerous you have to have a blood test every two weeks to make sure you still have red blood cells!
Everyone knows that celiac disease produces antibodies against the villi in the small intestine. But did you know that CD can attack the brain and the bones as well? And that these effects do NOT go away on the gluten free diet?? See the following links for more info:www.springerlink.com/content/nm8655l1m3714054/www.celiac.com/articles/1090/1/Neurological-Damage-Caused-by-Celiac-Disease-Not-Reversed-by-Gluten-Free-Diet/Page1.html
I suspect that UC can be pretty awful too, but I don't know enough about
it to argue with you....I'll have to leave that up to someone else.
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