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    Default auto-immune and ladies' issues

    If anyone has a similar experience, I would LOVE any insight..

    A year ago I got chlamydia, which became Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.I had an IUD at the time, removed immediately. No prior complaints with the IUD. After very heavy dosages of Doxy and two other antibiotics (apologies, I've forgotten the name) I have been through near-constant bouts of Strep B and yeast infections. They are able to be cleared with stronger-than-avrage prescriptions but recur within a couple weeks.

    I've done all the dietary and environmental changes - little sugar, many lactobacillius probiotics, no scented products, avoid sex. Maaaaaybe a little better? Not enough to live with.

    Doc (regular gyn) suggests we have reached "chronic" status and may have an auto-immune component. I'm ready to move on from this doc but not sure where to go.. are there GYN specialists? What are they called? Where are they found? How do I start down the auto-immune path? I've been tested multiple times for HIV so I need to look elsewhere. But without other symptoms SCREAMING out, what doc do I seek out? I may have GI issues, seems gluten sensitive but could be traumatized from meds.

    Any and all experiences with any of the conditions I mentioned (particularly successful rehabs ) are massively appreciated. And my apologies for a jumbled writing style.. smartphone!



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    My suggestion - head for a rheumatologist. I had a bunch of seemingly unrelated, mystifying symptoms and a good rheumatologist was finally able to piece it all together into an autoimmune disorder. With that treated, I'm doing much better!



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    Do you live near a major university medical school? I'd head to them for a more extensive workup. You may also have better luck with someone who exclusively practices gynecology vs. an ob/gyn who spends a lot of time on pregnant women and less time treating complex gyn issues.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderlust View Post
    Do you live near a major university medical school? I'd head to them for a more extensive workup. You may also have better luck with someone who exclusively practices gynecology vs. an ob/gyn who spends a lot of time on pregnant women and less time treating complex gyn issues.
    Agreed. This is my completely unqualified opinion, but wouldn't an autoimmune disease entail you being generally sick a lot of the time? I mean, that would imply something wrong with your entire immune system and it sounds like you're having very localized problems. I would hazard a guess that the constant flow of meds haven't allowed the good bacteria to really establish themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kateh View Post
    Agreed. This is my completely unqualified opinion, but wouldn't an autoimmune disease entail you being generally sick a lot of the time? I mean, that would imply something wrong with your entire immune system and it sounds like you're having very localized problems. I would hazard a guess that the constant flow of meds haven't allowed the good bacteria to really establish themselves.
    No. "Autoimmune" doesn't always mean your immune system doesn't work. Mine is too efficient and reacts to everything including my own platelets. They can be very weird, very specific, and it's not just being susceptible to every cold that comes down the pike.

    I would look for an endocrinologist or rheumatologist, OP. If there are GI issues as well it may be beyond the scope of an OB/GYN. It does, honestly, sound a lot like you have issues from the antibiotics, but I'm not a doctor.



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