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Doctors Who Treat Auto Immune Disease
The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more
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I took a urine test and the doctor called back and said I have sugar in my urine, what does this mean. I am a 26 year old male who has common variable immuno deficiency and I may have propheryia or an auto immune disease, does sugar in the urine indictae
Most people don't have sugar in their urine until their blood sugar is 250mg/dl or more. But
some people will have sugar in their urine with normal blood levels of glucose. This is called renal glycosuria. It usually has little clinical significance. If your fasting blood sugar is elevated, you may have diabetes. If a blood glucose is done concurrently with finding sugar in your urine, you can sort out if you are just one of those people who spill sugar into the urine at normal blood glucose levels or if you may be diabetic. This should be checked out soon, especially if you are experiencing excessive thirst or frequent urinination. ...Read more
I had a cat scan, showed chronic microvascular ischemic white matter disease. My doctor who ordered the CT looked at it and did not comment. Is MS or other auto immune system possible?
Hsve several auto immune issues thst no doctors around west tn either are equipped to handle, do not wish to take the time ro handle or simply do not?
Vasculitis: Autoimmune issues describe many different diseases. You need to find out the name of the disease or diseases you have in order for treatment to be prescribed. There are many new medications which can specifically effect the inflammation caused by some of these diseases. You need to see a Rheumatologist for specific treatment. ...Read more
Clear definition: Immune deficiency means that there is a defect in the immune system, and the person is more susceptible to have infectious diseases and cancer. There are ways to help be free of infections. Autoimmunity is a disorder in which the immune system attacks one or more of our own organs, due to a defect of regulation/tolerance. Treatment is with medications to suppress the immune responses. ...Read more
The doc took blood and called me and said the auto immune was abnormal. What could this possibly mean? Is this life threatening?
Could mean anything: Without specifics and titers, impossible to assess. ...Read more
Have auto-immune hives, is there a doctor willing to take me on in the Brainerd Lakes area of central Minnesota, so I don't have to go to the metro?
See an allergist: Look for a board-certified allergist in your area. The problem is not as bad as it sounds unless you have the vasculitic type. ...Read more
In autoimmune disease of the CNS how do doctors tell if the immune system is still actively attacking is it just blood work?
I have auto immune hepatitis. Result for ANA showed positive (+++) sgpt is 654 and sgot is 400. Doc asked for autobyopsy. Shud I go for it or wait?
I believe that I have lupus but the doctors that I have seen are hesitant to diagnose it. I have auto immune hemolytic anemia and auto immune thrombocetapenia. What shouldi do?
Treatment decisions: The real question is not "Do I have lupus? " but "How do I treat whatever this is? " There's no "magic bullet" for lupus and if it's not obvious, often the treatment is worse than the disease. The key is to manage your anemia to keep you able to function, and your thrombocytopenia to prevent serious bleeding. Decisions about administering immunosuppressants, IVIG, etc. Are ahead. Be informed. ...Read more
I take an auto immune suppressant (embrel) I have been having severe throat and ear pain. How long should I wait before seeing a doctor?
Doctors think my grandpa may have toxoplasmosis of the brain due to his weakened immune system from cytomegalovirus. Is this treatable/curable?
Is there anyone reading this that may treat the auto immune diseases ankylosing spondylitis or reiter's?
Most rheumatologists: These problems are generally best treated by rheumatologist, although astute internists, family practioners, may do a good job if trained in the uses of medicine to treat these problems. Most of my practice in rheuamtology are patients with overlap spodyloarthritis! ...Read more
No: No fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome and not a disease. This means it is a collection of symptoms. The hallmark of fibromyalgia is chronic widespread pain. It is felt to be the result of overactive nerves. There appears to be abnormal processing of pain in the central nervous system. (the brain and the spinal cord). ...Read more
Possible, Not common: One can always have two diseases at the same time, but typically physicians look for one disease with the combination of symptoms patients present with. There can be "overlap" between the symptoms of various auto-immune diseases, so its best to see a well trained rheumatologist to help with your diagnosis. ...Read more
Autoimmune diseases: There are probably more than 100 different autoimmune conditions, some of them more common than others and they may be grouped according to which organ autoantibodies attack, for example: blood vessels, endocrine, red blood cells, muscles, joints, skin, etc. The topic is too broad for this post. ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: Your body's immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body. These diseases tend to run in families. Women - particularly african-american, hispanic-american, and native-american women - have a higher risk for some autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Yes: Many diseases do not show any symptoms until the very late stage. For example, one does not have a heart attack because the coronary artery suddenly jam up one day. The same is true with chronic smoking, the lung is being damaged but symptoms may not show some years later. This is the same with autoimmune disease. ...Read more
Depends: There are many different types of "neonatal autoimmune diseases" each with theire own time frames. Usually when someone is discussing neonatal autoimmune diseases they are talking about maternal antibodies that have passed through the placenta and are directed against antigens in the fetus and/or newborn child. ...Read more
Maternal-fetal cells: Current theories focus on maternal-fetal cell trafficking (either as a fetus or as a mother); cells cross the placenta and lodge in various tissues of the other person, waiting to cause inflammation and "autoimmunity" down the line (possibly triggered by viruses, radiation, stress, genetic predisposition or interplay of the above). ...Read more
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