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Doctor insights on: Arthritis And Immune System

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What skeletal system diseases develop in the immune system?

What skeletal system diseases develop in the immune system?

Can you clarify?: Are you referring to autoimmune types of connective tissue diseases, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis? These conditions are caused by inflammation driven by immune cells. Obviously bone marrow is an active immune organ, involved in both innate and adaptive immune function. Destruction of bone marrow from cancer, or cancer treatment, drastically effects immune responses. ...Read more

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Can diabetes compromise my immune system?

Can diabetes compromise my immune system?

Glucose immune syst: When the blood sugar is high, white blood cells do not work as well to fight off infections. When the blood sugar is well controlled, the immune system generally works well in patients with diabetes. In diabetics with other problems (renal failure, neuropathy, poor circulation, etc) then there can be compounding of problems leading to immune compromise. ...Read more

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Does Crohn's cause an overactive immune system or does an overactive immune system cause Crohn's? Stay away from foods that boost the immune system?

Does Crohn's cause an overactive immune system or does an overactive immune system cause Crohn's? Stay away from foods that boost the immune system?

Roque immune system: I think one need to think more about a rogue immune reaction thereby causing autoimmune disorder instead of an overactive one. An autoimmune problem happens when the immune system malfunctions and starts attacking one's own tissue thereby leading to illnesses such as Crohn's disease, lupus etc. ...Read more

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Can diabetes compromise the immune system?

Can diabetes compromise the immune system?

Yes: Poorly controlled diabetes can suppress your immune system causing poor wound healing and lesser ability to fight infection. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a weak immune system?

Symptoms of a weak immune system?

Infection & cancer: Your immune system works by recognizing when stuff in your body is different from you. Then it gets rid of that stuff. Such foreign stuff includes pathogens that cause infections like bacteria & viruses & normal cells that mutate into cancerous ones. So signs of a weak immune system are recurrent infection - usually respiratory or gastrointestinal - & decreased surveillance of cancerous changes. ...Read more

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Does dairy weaken the immune system?

Does dairy weaken the immune system?

No: I have not heard any that dairy can weaken the immune system. Some people mostly young children have a hypersensitivity or allergy to milk protein. This does not effect other aspects of the immune response to pathogens (germs). There is also a condition of infancy in which milk can cause intestinal bleeding but that's transient. ...Read more

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Can supplements work for auto immune system disorders?

Can supplements work for auto immune system disorders?

With the exception .: Other than zinc, a multivitamin, keeping weight good, avoiding stress, getting adequate sleep, and having good overall nutrition. I do recommend added omega-3 for all my patients with autoimmune disease! ...Read more

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Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Yes: They represent any abnormal immune response and often therefore will suppress the normal immune response. ...Read more

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Can EBV weaken my immune system forever?

Can EBV weaken my immune system forever?

Forever's a big word: You can be more susceptible to ebv by having a weak immune system. However the term 'forever', is a big word to use. There are things you can do to boost your immune system, nutritionally, and therefore keep the ebv subclinical. Speak to your integrative holistic medical doctor about this. It's important to eat organically, and eliminate exposure to pesticides, and other environmental toxins/halogens. ...Read more

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Does the flu weaken immune system?

Does the flu weaken immune system?

Yes: Afterwards patients can get a superimposed bacterial infection with staph aureus ; others that can killed ; sickened more people than the flu alone. ...Read more

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Can untreated rheumatoid arthritis cause nervous system damage or problems with the nervous system?

Can untreated rheumatoid arthritis cause nervous system damage or problems with the nervous system?

Can occur!: But unlikely! rheumatoid vascultiis can occur, and the blood vessel inflammation can affect nerves. Amyloidosis, is a rare but severe complication and can affect the nervous system. Finally, atlanto-axial subluxation can occur (in cervical spine) and cause paralysis! all are usually late complications of untreated ra! the most common, which can occur any time is carpal tunnel disease! ...Read more

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Do immune globulins lower my immune system?

Do immune globulins lower my immune system?

No: Immune globulins actually augment the immune system, by bringing in a large dose of antibodies to a particular substance. The globulins bind to whatever toxin they are targeted to and help your immune system recognize those toxins as something worth fighting. There are many different immune globulins available, such as vzig (anti-varicella) and hbig (anti hep-b). ...Read more

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What disease causes the immune system to attack its own central nervous system?

What disease causes the immune system to attack its own central nervous system?

There are a number: Inflammation of the CNS causing damage should normally not occur. Unfortunately, for reasons that are not clear, this can and does happen, an in many cases this leads to irreparable damage. For a didactic review, PubMed is a good place to start looking. ...Read more

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Can hashimoto disease cause a weakened immune system?

Can hashimoto disease cause a weakened immune system?

Hasimoto's: Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease. Your immune system is "attacking" your thyroid. But the disease is not weakening your immune system, per se. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. ...Read more

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What weakens your immune system?

Many things: Systemic or congenital problems such as agammaglobulinema or cgd, to acquired defects such as uncontrolled diabetes or hiv/aids. Taking various sorts of medications can suppress the immune system, such as steroids or various chemotherapy drugs. Anything that suppresses bone marrow. ...Read more

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Can kidney cyst compromise my immune system?

Can kidney cyst compromise my immune system?

No.: One person in four has a simple kidney cyst. Ignore it. I wish all the questions here were this easy! thanks for writing. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more