chicken pox virus/crohn's

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hi ,

just wondering if the chickenpox virus ,and crohn's disease is the same thing , and would the vaccine for chickenpox cure crohn's. once we have had chickenpox it lies dormant in the body and somehow becomes active again in later life possibly due to low immunity,stress ,etc,etc. Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by chickenpox , Is it Shingles in the bowel that is Crohn's disease question       

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    I'm not sure where you got this notion Anthony and either a medical person like your GP or your IBD specialists could give you a more definitive response. Suffice to say that Crohn's disease is an immune response to conditions prevalent in the bowel and gastrointestinal tract. Chicken pox is an identifiable and quite distinct virus. There are many things still to be understood about the causes of Crohn's and I guess it's possible that one day a linkage between Crohn's and the herpes zoster virus may be established. However that is another thing so the short answer to your question is quite emphatically "No they are not the same thing".

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      Hi Jokuar, i'm now into histamine , could that be a cause . probably not , but the body producing to much Histamine can cause autoimmune disease, maybe the culprit is just histamine.   

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    Hi,  I  honestly do not know the answer to your question but I can confirm that my Consultant stressed on me when I was first diagnosed, that I must stay away from Chickenpox, as our illness lowers our immune system and chickenpox is one of the worse illnesses to be in contact with.  I have two grandchildren that I look after during the days who have both suffered with Chickenpox and I have had to stay away from them until it was over. I had chickenpox when I was a child and was not diagnosed with this illness until I was well into my 50's so I don't think there is any connection.

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      hi 

      maureen,  

         since i been reading about things ,maybe it is our stomach that is not producing enough  HCL  acid  when we get older that is the problem , myself have been on concocktions of  blood pressure meds for 20 years, and that must have had some kind of effect,on stomach ,gallbladder removed   as well ,, the reason i said about Histamine is i have had Sinus problems with the blood pressure meds , plus now Shingles, maybe having low stomach acid as activated the chickenpox virus (herpes zoster) who knows but i will try some Betaine HCL tablets next see if that might help , don't you try it without reading up on it first ,when i first started taking pressure meds when i was younger no problems but as i got older things started going wrong so i have just thought the only thing is stomach acid (but i might be wrong)lol, thanks for your reply good luck .T   

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    Hi again, thanks for your reply and I hope you get some answers from the 'Professionals'.  I have been very lucky in my lifetime.  I was diagnosed 6 years ago in my mid 50's and up until then my only illness' was childhood illness' and apart from the odd Paracetamol and a substitution for Penicillin (as I am allergic)  when I had tonsillitis, I have never taken any form of medicines until now. When I was first diagnosed I was on steroids, azathioprine and pentasa but luckily for the last 2 years I have only been on Pentasa.  My Consultant wanted me only on the steroids and Azathioprine long enough to get me under control.  I have a very dear friend who is older than me and she was diagnosed 40 odd years ago and because they knew less than they know, she was not taken off the steroids and has been taking them all the time and sadly she is beyond being able to be taken off them.  She is now suffering badly because of this and has been told in the last few weeks there is nothing that can be done for her.  I think summing it all up, if you can get by without medication that is the best way to go and if not, then the least medication is the answer.  However, good luck to you and everyone out there that are suffering with this invisible illness and for which there is not enough known about it and I feel not enough being done about it.

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