| | is there a connection? gasto and autoimmune?
I'm wondering if anyone else has had a combined autoimmune disease (diagnosed or not) as well as chronic intestinal (lower left) pain, swelling etc???
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I've had lower left (intestinal, sigmoid area) pain for 3.5 years..numerous gastros have run tests, and basically tell me nothing is wrong with me.
Late July I saw a podiatrist for foot pain, he tested for gout and rheumatoid factors, both negative, BUT I had ANA's with a titer of 1:32. He sent me to a rhemy he ordered add'l blood tests, looking for specific markers to help with a diagnosis...no markers showed, however I had low complement C3 and C4's. I've been on Lodine (anti inflammatory) since then, and my foot is better..in addition to that, my intestinal discomfort, has greatly decreased...after all these years...I'm so happy to feel better...BUT concerned with 3.5 yrs of un-treated intestinal inflammation..what damage may have been done...also what kind of connection (if any) this may have to Lupus or another auto-immune disease. A week ago, I went back to my Dr. and he checked my ANA's again..which came back negative.