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Oct 3, 2010 04:42AM, edited Aug 20, 2013 09:51AM
Since my bc dx, I feel as though I've been pealing an onion. When I feel as if I've understand what went wrong, I find there are more layers, more to know about why my body turned on me.
This week, through a blood test, I discovered that I'm positive for Helicobacter pylori. H pylori can cause a b-12 deficency. It can cause a autoimmune problem. (h pylori is a horrible bacteria that is found in your stomach, but can also be found in all of your digestive track, from your mouth to the other end).
H pylori and Autoimmune Conditions
An autoimmune condition is characterised by the immune system attacking its own tissues. Example include multiple sclerosis, thyroiditis, colitis, crohn's disease, type I diabetes and fibromyalgia.
H pylori has been linked with all these diseases but the links are quite tenuous at this stage. It is believed that the proteins on the surface of H pylori are very similar to the proteins found in the body's own tissues. The immune system may confuse these proteins and instead of attacking H pylori, mount an attack against its own tissues instead.
The research seems to indicate that the thyroid gland is the most likely target of this autoimmune complication
I'm on triple therapy right now, two different anitbiotics, plus stomach acid med... I'm wondering if once the H pyloi is eradicated if my b-12 levels will go up, and my thyroid be normal, or at least solve the Hashminto autoimmune problem I have.