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Allergist told wife the chronic hives she getting are Not an allergy reaction to anything it is her immune system reacting back as hives bcos of RA ?

Allergist told wife the chronic hives she getting are Not an allergy reaction to anything it is her immune system reacting back as hives bcos of RA ?

Probable: About 30% of the chronic hives are considered autoimmune in nature, and thus the diagnosis is made through guilty by association with an autoimmune disease. However there are other potential causes for chronic hives but the cause may never be found in most cases despite exhaustive studies. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

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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RA + psoriasis. MTX allergy. Enbrel (etanercept) non effective. Humira semi-effective but Vectra score 30 with extreme fatigue. MD wants to try Xeljanz?

RA + psoriasis. MTX allergy. Enbrel (etanercept) non effective. Humira semi-effective but Vectra score 30 with extreme fatigue. MD wants to try Xeljanz?

RA + psoriasis: There are a number of newer medications that could help you. Xeljanz works by disrupting cytokine and growth factor signaling pathways. A trial of the medication is useful to see whether it helps you. Other medications that might help include Remicade (infliximab) and Apremilast ...Read more

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Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Yes: Here is an excellent summary http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001467/.

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Is RA really an autoimmune disease?

RA : Ra is an autoimmune disease . It is a systemic autoimmune disease as it affects joints and other systems . The target cells are cells in synovium (lining of joints) , pleura (lining or covering of lungs , pericardium ( lining or covering of heart) and sclera of eyes . The antibodies are to igg fc ( rheumatoid factor) and to citrullinated peptides ( anti ccp ) . Both t and b cells are involved. ...Read more

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Can someone with normal lab results still have lupus or RA or othe autoimmune diseases?

Can someone with normal lab results still have lupus or RA or othe autoimmune diseases?

Possibly: About 98-99 percent of people with Lupus have a positive ANA test so it be unlikely to have lupus with a negative ANA blood test. On the other hand, in rheumatoid arthritis, especially in the early phases, a much larger minority of people may have a normal Rheumatoid factor test (but many of those people may have a positive CCP ab test that is seen in RA). Bottom line: possible but unlikely. ...Read more

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How do you deal with the extreme fatigue that goes along with autoimmune diseases like lupus and ra?

How do you deal with the extreme fatigue that goes along with autoimmune diseases like lupus and ra?

Fight it!: Autoimmune diseases can be debilitating; my advice would be to fight it with all you have. Swimming, yoga, walking can be beneficial. A good diet can also be beneficial as proper nutrition is extremely important to maintain one's health. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more