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#1 barefut

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 07:13 AM

Over the past few years I have learned that a handfull of my ex co-workers have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases and/or fibromyalgia.

My best friend has Hashimoto's, another guy has MS, 3 with fibromyalgia and then there's me...

Maybe just coincidence but it makes me wonder about things...Things that make you go "Hmmmm"

(I worked in banquets at an old resort.)

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 07:58 AM

Hi Barefut ,

I was told this past spring that it "isn't nuclear war we need to be concerned about, it's autoimmune diseases." Guess there is an explosion of all sorts of autoimmune problems. Kinda reminds me of the autism generation we now have.....what set that off 20 years ago?? Now I have a kid with both...........

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 08:36 AM

Right before I was diagnosed I met a gal at my work with Fibro. After my diagnosis it was so nice to talk to her about chronic conditions. I had to get pfts done after my first IV cyclophosphamide treatment and the lady running my tests had just been diagnosed with bad sjogrens. She was just about to start the same IV cyclophosphamide I just ended. I shared my experience and it seemed to bring her great comfort.

It's amazing how many of us chronic condition-ers are out there.

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 12:04 PM

Hmmm very interesting. Makes you wonder if something toxic was in the environment there.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 01:18 PM

I think so... I blame it on the water , lol and some foods too.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:26 PM

And we have plenty more to make you go hmmmmm.... with a whole section of our main website on Causes of Scleroderma, which include:

What Causes Scleroderma?

Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGES)

Autoimmunity

Autophagy

B Cells and T Cells

Cluster Studies (Main Page)

Cluster in South Boston

Cytokines

Dendritic Cells

Environmental (Main Page)

Artificial Joints & Breast Implants

Drugs and Medications

Infections

Mercury (Dental Amalgam)

Radiation

Silica Exposure

Solvents

Vinyl Chloride

Fetal Cells

Genetics

Homocysteine, MTHFR C677T Gene

Hormones and Chromosomes

Interleukins

Molecular Defect

Natural Killer Cells

Neuropeptides and Substance P

NF-kB Protein

Oxidative Stress, Lipid Peroxidation

Serum TIMP-2

Sleep Disorders

Stress

Tissue Kallikrein

Thyroid

Vascular

Vitamin D Deficiency


Again, that link is Causes of Scleroderma.


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Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:33 PM

Hi Shelley,

Something weird happened when I logged on to read these replies - your reply came up with about a page and a half of computer language. I went back to forums then clicked back to your reply and then it was gone. (?)

Things that make me go "Hmmmmmm" alright! :blink:

Confused
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:36 PM

Shelley,

Well now all is right with your reply. I think I have a computer ghost messing with me!

Thanks for your reply too!
Barefut

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:13 PM

Same with classmates in my hometown. One with Scerlmo and myself with Crest. Two with Lou Gherigs, one with MS across the street. We had and still remaining bldgs. of an animal lab which no one will tear down. The ball field where the kids played baseball up until 5 years ago has been condemned by the DEP. We are a town of one mile square! Additionally, I remember as a kid down the shore, when the mosquito repellent sprayer came around each evening at 7, we were encouraged by our parents to "get in the spray" so we would be "protected" for the evening........how STUPID......but they didn't know, the sprayer didn't know (he even gave you an extra blast to keep you covered).

I wonder..........doesn't seem a mystery to me. I feel autoimmune diseases are produced by the environment affecting some as cancer affects others. I believe stress plays a huge part in all of it, as my life being a single parent for the last 25 years, supporting my family, college tuition so they could have better than me and the final desertion of my sons has been a stress level of the ultimate. I have; believe this or not, found that the rationalization of this diagnosis less stressful that the last 25 years. I believe that the huge stress load had let my guard down.

I also have, after 16 years, accepted this diagnosis and will not waste any more "woe is me" time. I love life, still have my sense of humor and will not to let this get the best of me.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:14 PM

My old coworkers think it's the building, built and still styled in the 1940's. The paint, plumbing, air ducts, peeling wallpaper, etc all from the 1940's.

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 11:47 PM

This is all very interesting, I used to work as a clerk in a hospital and my co -worker at the time was diagnosed with MS.
Three years later I have been diagnosed with Scleroderma, it makes you wonder how many others there are.

Just thought I would add my two cents! :mellow:

Best wishes to all
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 10:58 AM

I worked for 17 years in an older school in a basement room. Several other people who worked in the basement have developed autoimmune diseases or other "strange" allments. The building had mold issues and next door to it was a carpet company that burned down and the ground was contaminated from it.

But in the long run, it doesn't matter where I got it, I got it and just have to deal with it. It does make you wonder though, and I hope none of the children in the school develop issues because of it.
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