Research treatment for scleroderma may help other autoimmune disorders

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   Posted 9/24/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
See Yahoo health section for article "Resetting immune system in bid to beat scleroderma". I would have missed this except that my gastro was involved with scleroderma before focusing on IBD. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 9/24/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 9/24/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Geez, that's a nasty disease (most die within the first 5 years)

I for pne would welcome the opportunity to have my immune system reset!
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!

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   Posted 9/24/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I keep saying, it's all the same disease, the difference is which body system(s) it targets. Great news, and I hope it expands to apply to all autoimmune diseases!

I've seen children with scleroderma - horrible, horrible.
Judy - Southern US 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My best friend's brother in law died from scleroderma 8 years ago. He was 49 years old. I remember seeing him go through hell with this disease. Very sad thing. Hope they can do something for it soon.
South of Boston, Ma
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 20 year remission with just minor blips here and there (approximately 16 of those years without any meds)
In a flare for 2 very long years which Asacol didn't help at all.  Finally in remission again since Jan 2008, can't believe it..............
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema once a week. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, calcium supplement, Biotin 5000mcg, Fibercon.

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   Posted 9/25/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds very promising, thanks for sharing it with us.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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