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Old 09-10-2002, 12:05 PM
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Problems since birth of 1st child

Hello!

About 3 years ago, my son was born. Since then, I have a lot of health issues. I was wondering if anyone has had the same issues or perhaps some ideas.

Allergies:
I have developed allergies to dust, pollen, molds etc. Seriously, one day no problem, the next, major problems.
I am allergic to mangoes now...wasn't before.
I am allergic to lotions, shampoos etc...I wasn't before.
I am allergic to medications I have taken before, and now can't.

Joint:
I get occasional swelling and pain in my right hand. Bad enough where I can't use it.

General Illness:
I used to only get a cold once a year. I realize I have a germ magnet in the house, but now I get sick multiple times and each time I need antibiotics, which I am discovering that I am allergic to! I had my first ear infection which took 5 weeks to recover from, and I have had pneumonia! My in-laws can't get over what a "sick" person I am, yet my family thinks something is wrong.

Skin:
I am fair-skinned, but I have never developed a rash to sun-exposed skin before. And, now I do!

I think that's it!

Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-14-2002, 11:39 AM
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Pinkie Winky Post baby health issues

Hi from MN!
I have a few suggestions for you, not from my personal experience but from my Sister-In-Law. Since her 1st baby was born in Dec 2000 she has been plagued with a miriad of health issues like you have experienced. While she was living in Germany she was evaluated for an auto-immune disorder. It turns out that the reason for all her problems (allergies, weird rashes, constant & more severe illnesses) can be attributed to the fact that something during or after her pregnancy triggered an autoimmune response (like lupus) where the body turns against it's own tissues. Her Dr told her that it was coincidental that it's onset happened after pregnancy and she's now on a # of different medical therapies to stay healthy. It sounds like you could use a check up by a good internal medicine Dr. Good luck and keep us posted!

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Old 09-14-2002, 01:02 PM
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strange allergies, etc.

Jen,

Hi, here's my two cents' worth. I too started experiencing strange symptoms after my son was born. Acne, exzema, numb right hand and arm, swelling in my hands, feet and face,hot feet, fatigue, allergic reactions to make-up and soaps. These were all things I had never experienced before.

When the numbness in my arm started I thought I had just gotten a hold of some nettles while gardening, but then it got worse. I finally gave in and went to the Dr. After some blood tests and a physical, she found that my thyroid wasn't functioning up to par.

Since being diagnosed, I've done some research. I've found out that around 80% of the women who have hypothyroidism start having symptoms shortly after a pregnancy.

I agree, a physical and some bloodwork may be just the ticket. (Make sure the doc checks you thyroid levels along with everything else.)
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Old 09-14-2002, 01:23 PM
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Jen, sorry about your health issues. Allergies are just like you explained...one day you are okay then next time you are allergic. I was that way with Ceclor(antibiotic) I took 9 pills on my 10 pill I turned red, swollen, and breathless and had to go to the ER.

Now I have learned that the more you are exposed to an alleregy causing substance...your allergies get worse. It seem as if you can tolerate 2 allergens, but when a 3rd one came...bam, you react to many now.

I would check in with your Doctor, ask for a referal to another specialist.

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Old 09-14-2002, 07:55 PM
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Sweetie, go to "[email protected]" hallelujah acres, refers to a site that really does help people. Genisis one. 29.... Read the testamonies, from those that have been helped, healed from all problems. including diabetes. I hope this can help you....
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Old 09-14-2002, 11:20 PM
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Jen,
I'm no expert, but when I had my daughter now 12 years ago. I found out the hard way that because of the stress of my first pregnancy and outside things it triggered autoantibodies to become active. Which means, I had a form of lupus. I don't have full blown lupus, but I do get to suffer threw all those anoying symptems like it. I have had, in the past, many mini-strokes. I also suffer from poor circulation in my feet and hands, so they swell up and get real cold. I have 2 forms of arthritce. When I get a cold it seems to last forever. I have had problems in the past with my sinuses, but now it's a major issue. I also have had a thyroid problem in the past. It was treated agressively with medications and now have no problems at all. There are blood tests that your doctor can order for you to have done to check for these antibodies that may be making you sick. Here is a website for ou to check out that may help you in your quest to be diagnosed. Be paitent. It took the doctors a good bit of time to finally figure out what I had. So, don't let them discourage you. You know your body best.
http://www.lupus.org/education/broch...ntiphos02.html
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Old 09-17-2002, 07:48 AM
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This is real

I am a microbiologist. I read recently about a positive correlation between pregnancy and autoimmune disorders. It is very real and many but not all lupus and like autoimmune disorders are pregnancy related. More lupus is found in mother than never pregnant women. Aggressively seek diagnosis.

Explanation: There is some baby to mother blood transfer during pregnancy such that a son's blood cells could be found in the mother's system years after birth - thus the absolute correlation. That boy Y chromosome was found and is a unique identifier.

But this is only a problem when the mother's body, perhaps triggered by another infection or injury, begins to react to the 'foreign' cells of her child and, in the battle, will over react and begin recognizing her own tissues as foreign. Thus begins an autoimmune problem or the body trying to fight itself. Immune complexes deposit themselves in the joints and there the white blood cells continue to battle the foreign protein and can become overzealous and destroy your own cartilage.

This is more often a problem in women who have had children with someone more closely related to themselves genetically. A more distinctly different baby cell would have been recognized and 'cleared' by the mother's body earlier. Instead her body gets confused later.

The severity of the symptoms vary greatly among women. Seek help and a support group.

Advice: I would never recommend not having babies but maybe that is what that attraction to the tall dark stranger is all about.

Why does it seem like a bigger problem today? Perhaps that is related to the general increase in allergeries. A hypothesis out there is that we are living to cleaner life and not getting a 'healthy dose' of invaders to battle off like microbugs or parasites. So our overly large armies overreact when they see pollen and dust and baby cells.

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Old 09-18-2002, 06:49 AM
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During pregnancy, I had gestational diabetes. As if that wasn't bad enough, I have also had a lot of health problems since my son was born 7 years ago. The major one being that I now have a thyroid disease. I was tested for depression, anxiety and lupus, to find out I had Graves Disease, which is an autoimune disease. I now get a cold at least twice a month, if not more, and I would hardly ever get sick before getting pregnant. I've had walking pnuemonia, developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand, a re-occuring back problem, frequent headaches, muscle and joint pain, and now have allergies that I've never had before. For some reason, I'm allergic to oranges now, and just about all types of pollen. (I'm only 26, but at times I feel like I'm 60.) My wonderful boyfriend takes this all in stride, and never complains about my health issues. It is something I've spent 7 years getting used to, and try not to complain about too much. To echo everyone else, go to the doctor and get checked out. And good luck.
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Old 09-18-2002, 07:16 AM
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Question Kellyandkids

Is this autoimmune response only triggered by a pregnancy with a son? Can it happen if you are pregnant with a daughter?

You said it was the Y chromosome that was the identifier for the antibodies to attack. Therefore I am assuming that this syndrome is occuring only in women who have given birth to boys.

But is this a correct assumption?

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Jen, I'd find a rhumatologist in the meantime...this is the best explanation for why you are feeling the way you do.

My sister-in-law had a similar problem. But with her, it was her husband's sperm that triggered her immune response. She had trouble conceiving because of it, and had to take anti-inflamatory medications all through her conception attempts and pregnancy in order to be a sucessful mom.
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Old 09-18-2002, 10:10 AM
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Hello!

I appreciate everyone's input. Funny enough...I have had 4 miscarriages, and the doctors could not tell me why...AND, my father has hypothyroidism and my mother has lupus! So, I find it interesting that some of you suggested that!

I am also 24 weeks pregnant now. I see my doctor on October 2nd, so I have a list for him!

I am a bit more worried than usual, as the symptoms have been worse since this pregnancy has started.

I am also interested in the Y chromosone theory. This baby is supposed to be another boy!

Thanks, everyone!

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