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MS symptom or.. Celiac, IR, Liver Prob.
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Just because you have MS doesn't mean other factors are not at play in your body too. On this note I am posting some info about Celiac Disease(wheat allergy), Insulin Resistance(IR), liver issues such as NAFLD and NASH.

Example:
Itching maybe due to MS, bug bites or allergies like celiac disease(wheat allergy) which most often starts occuring in people 30-40yrs.

Celiac Research Link
http://www.celiac.nih.gov/Dermatiti...
Celiac Disease (Wheat Allergy)
Intense itching. A burning sensation. Clusters of small blisters that persistently break out on the elbows, knees, buttocks, back, or scalp. These symptoms are the hallmarks of dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), a skin manifestation of celiac disease. DH affects 15 to 25 percent of people with celiac disease, and these people typically have no digestive symptoms of the disease.

One such person is Rory Jones. Although plagued with celiac-related ailments including joint pain, thyroid disease, and early-onset osteoporosis, she never experienced intestinal symptoms and had no idea she had celiac disease. Then came the increasingly frequent appearance of itchy sores on her hands, which eventually spread to her face and arms. “The itching would wake me up at night,” said Jones, who sometimes bled from scratching in her sleep. “I wanted to scratch my bones.”

The first clue that a skin eruption may be DH is that “it itches like crazy,”

The second characteristic sign of DH is its location on the body. Lesions most often appear on the extensor surfaces—the forearms near the elbows, the knees, and the buttocks.

Still, DH is often confused with eczema, a common inflammatory skin disorder that, like DH, results in an itchy rash that is often scratched raw.
A Selective Disorder

DH can affect people of all ages but most often appears for the first time between the ages of 30 and 40.
Posted on 12/04/08, 02:08 pm
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Reply #1 - 12/04/08  2:10pm
" I thought this was an interesting article so I am sharing it. Good info throughout..some neat stuff on page 82-84.

Specifically, Insulin Resistance (IR) and protein hormones: leptin, resistin and adiponenctin(good level indicates healthy liver).

Resistin is the one protein when inhibited seemed to help reduce human obesity by decreasing IR.

http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/NR/rdonly...

Let me know what you think "
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Reply #2 - 12/04/08  2:20pm
" American Liver Foundation
1-800-GO-LIVER
Email:info@liverfoundation.org

NASH -http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddis...

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/sep2005/...


NonAlcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
Do NOT have to be overweight to have NAFLD "
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Reply #3 - 12/04/08  2:20pm
" ---------------------------------http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddis...
What are the symptoms of cirrhosis?

You may have no symptoms at all in the early stages. As cirrhosis progresses you may

* feel tired or weak
* lose your appetite
* feel sick to your stomach
* lose weight

Cirrhosis can also lead to other problems.

* You may bruise or bleed easily, or have nosebleeds.
* Bloating or swelling may occur as fluid builds up in the abdomen or legs. Fluid build up in the abdomen is called ascites (ah-SI-teez) and in the legs is called edema.
* Medications may have a stronger effect on you because your liver does not break them down as quickly.
* Waste materials from food may build up in the blood or brain and may cause confusion or difficulty thinking. For example, protein that you eat breaks down into chemicals like ammonia. When red blood cells get old, they break down and leave a substance called bilirubin (bil-ih-ROO-bun). A healthy liver removes these byproducts, but a diseased liver leaves them in the body.
* Blood pressure may increase in the vein entering the liver, a condition called portal hypertension.
* Enlarged veins, called varices (VARE-ah-seez), may develop in the esophagus and stomach. Varices can bleed suddenly, causing vomiting of blood or passing of blood in a bowel movement.
* The kidneys may not work properly or may fail.

As cirrhosis progresses, your skin and the whites of your eyes may turn yellow, a condition called jaundice (JON-diss). You may also develop severe itching or gallstones.

In the early stages, cirrhosis causes your liver to swell. Then, as more scar tissue replaces normal tissue, the liver shrinks.

About 5 percent of patients with cirrhosis also get cancer of the liver.
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What causes cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis has many causes, including

* alcohol abuse (alcoholic liver disease)
* chronic viral hepatitis (hepatitis B, C, or D)
* autoimmune hepatitis, which is destruction of liver cells by the body’s immune system
* nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is fat deposits and inflammation in the liver
* some drugs, toxins, and infections
* blocked bile ducts, the tubes that carry bile from the liver
* some inherited diseases such as
o hemochromatosis (HEE-moh-KROH-muh-TOH-sus), a disease that occurs when the body absorbs too much iron and stores the excess iron in the liver, pancreas, and other organs
o Wilson disease, which is caused by the buildup of too much copper in the liver
o protoporphyria (PROH-toh-pour-FEAR-ee-uh), a disorder that affects the skin, bone marrow, and liver

Sometimes the cause of cirrhosis remains unknown even after a thorough medical examination.
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GOOD Liver test that most docs do not do unless asked is adiponectin and resistin.

When your doc does your liver enzyme workup DO they do the adiponectin and resistin blood tests?

Best Wishes to you "
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Reply #4 - 12/04/08  2:30pm
" Sum up
Itching & skin rash MAY be due celiacs

Bruising, fatigue, low weight MAY be due to liver malfunction.

Good topics to discuss if you have some of these symptoms and your doc as of yet has not found root cause.

Best Wishes to all
EP "

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