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questions about IBS/IBD and immune system
      06/17/04 04:10 PM

My wife is suffering LUQ pain, nodal pain in the neck and armpits, chronic diarrhea ((every time she eats, she feels an urgency to evacuate) (States also that food feels like a brick and she has to get it out)), joint pains, body aches, chronic fatigue falls asleep and is hard to awaken, confusion, night sweats, and passing good and bad days since mother's day!!! Her blood work is pretty good, WBC's elevated, but not too much since she is recently beating an upper resp. infection. The one alarming bloodwork result is a positive ANA with speckled pattern with a titer of 1:320. It looks possible that she may have Lupus (SLE) but we are praying it could be something else we are awaiting a ds DNA results Monday. So has anyone heard of a positive ANA resulting from IBS or an IBD specifically Crohns? And does anyone have information on the effects that IBS/IBD has on the immune system, particularly the effects on the auto-immune inflammatory response? Or is there anyone out there with more knowledge of the relationship between IBS and the immune/auto-immune system? I have some knowledge in immunology, but having some difficulty getting to information. She doesn't suffer cramping, though there are some (sometimes severe) Bowel sounds. She has been taking Effexor for several years, and I was wondering if the anti-depressant might be masking the cramping usually associated with diarrhea. Anyone have anything, or perhaps sharing similar symptoms, it would be nice to know anything. My wife is my everything, and I want to find out what it is that we have to fight so we can beat it. Thanks for anything you can come up with.

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* questions about IBS/IBD and immune system charlie 06/17/04 04:10 PM
. * Re: questions about IBS/IBD and immune system owie   06/29/04 04:14 PM
. * Re: questions about IBS/IBD and immune system JillSklar   06/30/04 12:07 PM
. * Re: questions about IBS/IBD and immune system JillSklar   06/23/04 07:40 AM

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