Did you have measles as a child?

Have you ever had the measles?
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Red_34
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   Posted 1/1/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
There was an article that Judilyn posted that got me curious.  How many of you had measles as a child or older?  I got the German measles when I was 12 - during Christmas break no less - I was not a happy girl! I had a pretty severe case of it, almost went blind too and had it for almost 2 weeks with high fevers.
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pb4
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   Posted 1/1/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup, I had them around the age of 3 I believe, I also had the mumps and chickenpox as a young kid.

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   Posted 1/1/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I never had anything like that, just the chicken pox. I wasn't very sickly as a child (wimpy though lol), never had an ear infection till my 20s, never hospitalized... well once, I had bad food poisoning from eating Hershey's syrup out of a metal can that was in the fridge for a few months... I have suffered from migranes since I was 2, though, and had calf cramps all my life, dry skin/ezcema and constipation as a child. I am interested in what things people here have gone through as kids to look for connections.
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quincy
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   Posted 1/1/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I had German measles when I was 8 or 9 (***lol Sherry!!!) and chicken pox when I was 10. One interesting thing...before I was married the first time at age 19, my blood tests didn't have any German Measles antibodies.

It's good for any women who are getting married or eventually planning to have kids to have the test for German Measles and have the immunisation shot to prevent any problems to the fetus if being exposed to GM while pregnant.

quincy

***correction as per Sherry's next posting***


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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 1/1/2008 10:15:09 PM (GMT-7)


Red_34
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   Posted 1/1/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
"I had German measles when I was 98" <----wow you look good for your age!  tongue


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   Posted 1/1/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a severe case of chicken pox at 17. I mean the doctor brought in all the other doctors and nurses to gawk at me. Anyway no measles.
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jujub
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   Posted 1/1/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so old. I had measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox. I also had frequent severe ear infections, and lots of penicillin shots. Never a whiff of GI problems until the UC.
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Red_34
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   Posted 1/1/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. I have heard for years that having measles as a child can increase the risk of one getting an IBD if one has the genetic tendancy for it.

Quincy, when you say that your blood didn't have any antibodies for it, what does that mean? When I was pregnant with my kids, they did a bunch of blood work and asked me if I had German measles before and I thought, Wow! They're smart! How'd they know??? lol So having antibodies is bad or good?
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   Posted 1/1/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes-- gads, I got them (rubeola, they're called in medical language) at age 6-- before vaccine came on the market. They made me incredibly sick, at times delirious with high fever, and I had to stay in a darkened room for many days to protect vision. I'm sure it took a couple weeks before I got up for any length of time. I remember feeling too weak to stand, but not knowing how to explain that to my parents! Even after a couple weeks my eyes felt very sensitive to light; the reflections shining on a serving of Jello hurt them-- that I still remember. If any childhood ailment permanently messed up my immune system, THAT was the one!!!!!!!! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

Red_34
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   Posted 1/1/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah yes, I remember the darkened room well too! I also woke up almost every morning with my eyes crusted shut and my dad had to use a warm washcloth to open them. Plus I had one HUGE measle on my stomach. It was the entire length between under the breast to pubic bone to both sides of my ribs. I still have the scar to prove it. I had the vaccine too but somehow I still got it :( Unless that measle vaccination doesn't cover German measles?
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   Posted 1/1/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It might be that you got the vaccine for rubella but not for rubeola. Rubella landed a huge amount of publicity because there was a major epidemic of it among young adults in 1963-64 that resulted in a large number of American children being born soon afterward with hearing loss. So then, there was a big push to immunize young females against rubella to protect them in case of future exposure to the rubella virus during pregnancy. It was pretty much a national campaign. Probably there has never been such a direct example of cause/effect between virus and birth defect in the U.S. as during that era. You would see photos of kindergarten kids wearing hearing aids in major magazines for several years in the late 1960s. / Old Hat

pb4
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   Posted 1/1/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Ya, they thought mumps might have something to do with IBD as well, but more research indicated that it wasn't so.

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quincy
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   Posted 1/1/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi...thanks Old Hat for the clarification...so I did some research.  I never had "measles" that I remember....I did have reubella.  Never mumps that I remember. 
 
I found this information on the MMR immunisation and the different symptoms of Measles, Mumps and Reubella.  I was given immunisations at elementary school (in the early to mid 60s).  The polio one (sugar cube) was the easiest to take..lol!
 
 
quincy
 
 
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


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   Posted 1/1/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I had one type are another of the measles for 4 or 5 years in a roll when I was in grade school. When I was in the 7th grade I think it was they almost killed me got really sick but didnt break out, the doctor was treating me for everything but, then he finally figured it out and gave me a shot of something and a couple hours later I had spots everywhere. but for several days they where all on the inside.It was crazy. I remember having them and not being able to watch T.V. said it could blind you.
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quincy
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   Posted 1/2/2008 12:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like horrific experiences you all had with the measles!!

Sherry, having antibodies is good because it means you won't get it again. But not all antibodies remain in the body forever. My SIL was planning to get pregnant (1998) and I brought up the blood test. She assured me that she had German Measles and if the doctors thought it was important that they would have checked...NOT!! They stopped doing that.. whenever (I was shocked).

I did convince her based on the fact that she worked in a school and didn't know. Sure enough, she had no antibodies for it and had to get the shot...waited the 4 months or so before getting pregnant. Something that could be avoided such as birth defects that needn't be had merit...thankfully.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Shaz032
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   Posted 1/2/2008 12:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I had measles and German measles a few years after I was diagnosed with UC.
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expecting226
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   Posted 1/2/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I had chicken pox at age 6... then got the measles one week after getting over the chicken pox!
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marty1976
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   Posted 1/2/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I think i had measles but thats about it i think
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Lou95
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   Posted 1/2/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, showing my age here, but I had both kinds of measles, mumps and chicken pox.  All before entering first grade but I don't recall my age exactly.  I know I had chicken pox and measles at the same time and did okay.  But, my Mom had never had measles as a child and caught it from me.  My brother probably had it at the same time, too.  So, she probably felt terrible and yet had to take care of us at the same time.  I had gastric ulcers by age 18 and a recurrence in my early 20s.  In my early 20s I was also told I had a hiatal hernia, reflux and spastic colon (they now call IBS).  Then, I was symptom free until my late 40s. There is no family history of UC, but my Mom, maternal aunt and maternal grandmother have had diverticulitis.  My Dad had duodenal ulcers.  My GI doc says there isn't a relationship with UC and the others.  I don't know why UC chose me, but my GI tract has never reacted well to stress.  My UC was first diagnosed after going through a very stressful divorce.  I've given up trying to figure out the why and just try to deal with it as best I can. 

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