So as far as I know I am very healthy, as are most alopecians, but my doctor keeps scaring me by saying that autoimmune disorders come in clusters. I am gluten intolerant, which I guess is also autoimmune, but I guess I'm wondering how common it is for alopecians to also develop other, more serous autoimmune conditions. Not that it's worth worrying about, I just would like to know.

Thanks--
Wendy

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That seems to be the opinion of my doctor. My daughter had GERD (now considered an autoimmune disease) before she had AA and now a sleeping disorder, which is not an auto immune disease for and I'm thankful for that.

Dr. O'Bryan believes that the autoimmune disease is like a weak link in the body. Depending on your genetic disposition for eczema, Psoriasis or combination, AA, Celiac...etc, or a combination of these weak links, placing constant stress on your body well break the link or those links.

Celiac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity with Dr. O'Bryan
http://vimeo.com/33623034

I'm 57 and have had alopecia since the 1970s. I've only been hospitalized once in my life, and it was for an unfortunate case of "infectious hepatitis" due to a 1970s coffee shop employee with poor hygiene habits. The only other time that I've been in a hospital was for out-patient surgery at age 51. Other than that, I take no medications other than a low dose antibiotic for rosacea and Restasis for dry eye. Every once in a while, I take an Advil for lower back pain, which at my age is not abnormal. I hope this helps put your mind at ease.

Has anyone with FFA also been diagnosed with Sjogren's disease?

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