gavin: I never got any normal allergy symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, etc but I did get yearly sinus infections every fall. Every fall I would have a relapse of my autoimmune disease along with a sinsus infection. A relative told me every year for years that I had allergies but I emphatically denied it telling them I have never had allergies and didn't then, just sinus infections. After several years of this happening every fall I began to warm to the idea of getting tested for allergies. I asked my autoimmune doctors if they thought there was a connection in it all and they all laughed at me. Finally I went to my GP (who was also laughing) and he agreed that it wouldn't hurt to get tested for allergies so we set it up. I was shocked to learn that I not only had A LOT of mild allergies, but many of them revolved around fall pollens and molds, just when I would relapse every year. The allergist then began treating me for allergies using various nose sprays and meds. Didn't seem to help my autoimmune disease at all. After thinking about
it a lot and still getting laughed at by my doctors I was able to talk the allergist into giving me allergy shots. They start out at a very low dose, gradually increasing it. In the very beginning I didn't notice much but as the shots got stronger and stronger, my autoimmune disease got weaker and weaker. After about
a year of slowly getting better my disease just disappeared and I got the last laugh over my doctors. I still get allergy shots to this day to keep my first disease in check. That was over 10 years ago and I've been doing fine ever since, except for now coming down with UC two years ago. I'm about
100% sure that my UC is caused by the Epstein Barr Virus residing "dormant" in my colon, causing an autoimmune attack which is inflaming my colon. My UC first started while I was in the hospital for Mono. Since most doctors don't try and find out the cause of UC (and other autoimmune diseases), only treating the symptoms, no one ever gets cured. I cured my previous bout of autoimmunity because I treated the cause, not the symptoms. I am now going down the road of trying to treat my EBV infection to get rid of my UC but, unfortunately, there is no known way to irradicate an EBV infection. Since you have a clue as to possible causes of your UC if you try going down that road you may eventually find the exact cause and be able to treat that instead of merely treating the symptoms of UC. I wish you luck.
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