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How can I get tested if I think I have an autoimmune condition?

How can I get tested if I think I have an autoimmune condition?

See a doctor: There are scores of autoimmune diseases. Without specifics it is impossible to offer any firm answer otherthan to speak with a doctor. ...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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If you have one autoimmune condition and it runs very strongly in your family what are the chances of getting more?

If you have one autoimmune condition and it runs very strongly in your family what are the chances of getting more?

Unclear. : There is a syndrome called polyglandular autoimmune syndrome type 3 that involves multiple autoimmune diseases (hypothyroidism, dm, psoriasis, lupus.....). You may still get one or none depending on your family tree. There is a genetic link with diabetes type 2 ...Read more

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What could cause me to keep getting "colds"? I get one at least once a month if not more! it's frustrating. I do have an autoimmune condition...

Autoimmune condition: Often, an underlying auto-immune condition may cause a decreased resistance, which may account for you getting more frequent colds. Some people also just unfortunately get more colds than others. Feel well soon, best wishes. ...Read more

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Need help with diagnosis: autoimmune condition, what test panels are best for first screening?

Which condition?: Different autoimmune diseases have different work-up protocols. This would depend entirely on what is being considered in your case. More information, please. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is autonomic ganglia was damaged from autoimmune condition and the cause was treated can it repair?

Depends: It depends on how extensively the ganglia has been damaged. Minor damages may heal with time but major ones unlikely to totally recover. ...Read more

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Can mutations in hla genes cause people to be predisposed to possibly developing an autoimmune condition?

Can mutations in hla genes cause people to be predisposed to possibly developing an autoimmune condition?

Yes: Hla controls the immune system and mutations in hla and other genes in the same area may predispose to autoimmune disorders, especially complement deficiency. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hypothyroidism? I think i may have been misdiagnosed and would like to think about going off meds. Can you tell me about hypothyroidism? I was diagnosed with this autoimmune condition 5 years ago. My numbers were 4.2. I started on

Can you tell me about hypothyroidism? I think i may have been misdiagnosed and would like to think about going off meds. Can you tell me about hypothyroidism?  I was diagnosed with this autoimmune condition 5 years ago.  My numbers were 4.2.  I started on

I : I assume it was your TSH that was 4.2. Your dose of thyroxine is low. You would need to simply stop that medication and have repeat labs checked in 2 weeks. A test of anti thyroid peroxidase antibodies would also be helpful as would an exam to see if your thyroid is enlarged. Check with your doctor to arrange this and watch for hypothyroid symptoms. If you have hypothyroidism there is nothing proven that helps you "rebuild" it. Check out the site below. ...Read more

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Is there an autoimmune condition that leads to neuropathic pain and sensitive skin?

A few possibilities: The sensory variant of cidp could present this way, and many small fibre neuropathies create symptoms you describe. Several nerve disorders are caused by underlying autoimmune diseases with secondary complications.. Need sometimes extensive testing to pin down, . ...Read more

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Is there any autoimmune condition that can cause neuropathic pain and sensitive skin?

NEUROPATHIC PAIN: Diabetic neuropathy comes to mind. Certain chemotherapeutic medications can also be responsible. Do check with a neurologist. Hope you are better. ...Read more

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I read that echinacea good for addison disease, but bad for multiple sclerosis. How come? Afaik, both of them are autoimmune condition..

I read that echinacea good for addison disease, but bad for multiple sclerosis. How come? Afaik, both of them are autoimmune condition..

It doesn't help: Echinacea (e) probably does nothing for both illnesses. I would only believe it helps a particular disease if it were studied in a double blinded placebo controlled study. That means that 1/2 the study group would get e and 1/2 would get a placebo or sugar pill but neither group would know what they are getting. The examiners would also be "blinded" and not know till it was revealed at the end. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism, should I suspect an autoimmune condition as an underlying cause? If yes, then what questions should I ask my doctor?

I have hypothyroidism, should I suspect an autoimmune condition as an underlying cause? If yes, then what questions should I ask my doctor?

Yes and none: Hi. Yes, if you're hypothyroid, it's autoimmunity (Hashimoto's) until proven otherwise. There are no related questions you need to ask your doc. Your doc can check TPO and thyroglobulin antibodies to confirm autoimmunity. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you have an intermttant heart murmur? Some drs hear it and some don't so i never know whether to mention it. I have an autoimmune condition.

Can you have an intermttant heart murmur? Some drs hear it and some don't so i never know whether to mention it. I have an autoimmune condition.

Yes: If what you have is a benign flow murmur (innocent) then it can be intermittent. Also if you have a faint murmur then some docs may not hear it. And lastly, could be simply that some docs focus on auscultation of the heart more than others. ...Read more

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Why do pcps tend to run direct ANA and rheum mds run ANA titers? Should pcps be running the titer instead when suspecting autoimmune condition?

Why do pcps tend to run direct ANA and rheum mds run ANA titers? Should pcps be running the titer instead when suspecting autoimmune condition?

Ana: Difference usually pcp screening for disease where rheumatology looking for severity of disease or following disease activity . Personally i order with reflex to titter. ...Read more

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I am young, healthy weight w/ autoimmune condition & likely autonomic disorder.When falling asleep, i often stop breathing & wake up super dizzy.Cause?

I am young, healthy weight w/ autoimmune condition & likely autonomic disorder.When falling asleep, i often stop breathing & wake up super dizzy.Cause?

Apnea: The dizzy could be related to your lack of air. Why you stop breathing is hard to say, may have sleep apnea, but i'm having a hard time tying this into your autoimmune problem unless if affects respiratory muscles. ...Read more

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What does high neutrophils and low lymphocytes in a patient with gastroenteritis and pancreatitis indicate? Could this be a result of an autoimmune condition? On another occasion in the same patient, what about normal neutrophils but low lymphocytes prese

What does high neutrophils and low lymphocytes in a patient with gastroenteritis and pancreatitis indicate? Could this be a result of an autoimmune condition? On another occasion in the same patient, what about normal neutrophils but low lymphocytes prese

Neutrophils: Both conditions are acute inflammatory conditions and would cause this picture- high neutrophils and low lymphocytes. This is what is known as a left shift and is commonly seen. Although an autoimmune process may be an underlying cause this specific WBC reaction is not an indication of autoimmunity. ...Read more

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Penile yeast/strep/HSV type1 - does this mean I have a serious autoimmune condition? Doctor said not to worry but anxiety is getting the best of me!

No autoimmune problm: Your doctor is right. These test results do not suggest any sort of autoimmunity problem. Assuming the positive HSV1 test is from a penile swab (i.e. not a blood test), then for sure you have genital herpes. Strep and yeast normally inhabit the genital skin, so those tests don't mean much. (Assuming initial genital HSV, not recurrent oubreak, you need Rx with valacyclovir or similar drug.) ...Read more

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With gastroenteritis, total WBC isn't raised, the only abnormality is low lymphocytes (339). Is this likely a virus, or an autoimmune condition?

With gastroenteritis, total WBC isn't raised, the only abnormality is low lymphocytes (339). Is this likely a virus, or an autoimmune condition?

Gastroenteritis: Most gastroenteritis is viral and lasts only a few days at most. Often it lasts only 24-48 hours. The total WBC count is not usually elevated. A low lymphocyte count is normal during such an infection. Here's a research paper describing this phenomenon, called "transient lymphopenia" : http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/1085751. ...Read more