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Dr. Tania Dempsey
103 Doctors shared insights

Autoimmune Conditions (Overview)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader, and 'fighting" it. This is not what should happen normally.


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Describe the features of autoimmune conditions.?

Describe the features of autoimmune conditions.?

Rogue warrior: Your immune system is supposed to fight infection and leave your body alone. For various reasons, sometimes, your immune system runs amok and damages healthy organs/tissues. Just about every part of the body can be harmed by auto-immune disease. Some auto-immune diseases are dangerous and must be treated with strong drugs to reduce immune function (which can lead to infection = (). ...Read more

Dr. Tania Dempsey
103 Doctors shared insights

Autoimmune Conditions (Overview)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader, and 'fighting" it. This is not what should happen normally.


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I have 3 autoimmune conditions. Is same thing causing them?

Possible, but: Possible - evaluation by a knowledgable clinician should help answer the question. ...Read more

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What can I do for my autoimmune conditions without going to a doctor?

Go to a doc: These are complicated condition for which ther are. Effective disease altering treatments non treatment carries risk of serious preventable problems care must be individualized. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get autoimmune conditions off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get autoimmune conditions off and on?

Not usually off/on: If you are prone to a genetic reason to get an autoimmune disease, the off and on depend on th activity of the autoimmune disease. In theory genetic risk factors put you at risk for the autoimmune and if the symptoms are off and on may control the disease activtiy at some point but often environmental conditions, therapy including compliance may affect the activity much more. ...Read more

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Would a total thyroidectomy in a hashimotos patient calm the immune system/lower her chance of developing other autoimmune conditions?

Would a total thyroidectomy in a hashimotos patient calm the immune system/lower her chance of developing other autoimmune conditions?

Unfortunately no: A total thyroidectomy will not prevent other autoimmune diseases. However, most patients with hashimotos do not develop other autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Describe the features of autoimmune conditions.?

Rogue warrior: Your immune system is supposed to fight infection and leave your body alone. For various reasons, sometimes, your immune system runs amok and damages healthy organs/tissues. Just about every part of the body can be harmed by auto-immune disease. Some auto-immune diseases are dangerous and must be treated with strong drugs to reduce immune function (which can lead to infection = (). ...Read more

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How do autoimmune conditions develop in the first place?

Usually: With a genetic predisposition. Then triggered by an infection, medication, stress or other factor. ...Read more

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I have 3 autoimmune conditions. Is same thing causing them?

Possible, but: Possible - evaluation by a knowledgable clinician should help answer the question. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: autoimmune conditions?

BODY FIGHTING ITSELF: The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader, and 'fighting" it. This is not what should happen normally. ...Read more

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Is a "meat free" diet really better for autoimmune conditions?

Autoimmune disease: It is unlikely that a vegetarian diet can alter the course of autoimmune disease, as the the cause of such diseases remains elusive on why the body turns on itself. There are several theories that are debated but none have been proven yet with certainty. ...Read more

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Will autoimmune conditions kill me, or just make me sick for a little while?

Some can: Your question is overly broad. Autoimmune conditions include a wide spectrum of diseases with different severity profiles. Most of them are chronic, and treatable. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get autoimmune conditions off and on?

Not usually off/on: If you are prone to a genetic reason to get an autoimmune disease, the off and on depend on th activity of the autoimmune disease. In theory genetic risk factors put you at risk for the autoimmune and if the symptoms are off and on may control the disease activtiy at some point but often environmental conditions, therapy including compliance may affect the activity much more. ...Read more

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What can I do for my autoimmune conditions without going to a doctor?

Go to a doc: These are complicated condition for which ther are. Effective disease altering treatments non treatment carries risk of serious preventable problems care must be individualized. ...Read more

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What doctor specializes in autoimmune conditions? I apparently have at least two now, and I've changed diet and am still very ill. Need direction.

Rheumatology: Depending on what type of autoimmune conditions you suffer from, a rheumatologist would be best for a systemic disease, such as lupus. For a condition such as autoimmune hepatitis, a gastroenterologist with focus on liver disorders would offer best advise for such. Best would be to involve your primary care doc in making the referrals. ...Read more

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Are there certain autoimmune conditions that are associated with a high ANA titre (1:2560) more so than others? Like lupus?

Are there certain autoimmune conditions that are associated with a high ANA titre (1:2560) more so than others? Like lupus?

Yes Lupus BUT others: This is characteristic of lupus and also other connective tissue diseases like scleroderma, overlap connective tissue disease, dermatomyositis. This is a high titer but even here we see this without lupus or a connective tissue disease ...Read more

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Since smoking lowers C3 levels, wouldn't smoking make certain autoimmune conditions worse...Because some autoimmune diseases lower c3?

Since smoking lowers C3 levels, wouldn't smoking make certain autoimmune conditions worse...Because some autoimmune diseases lower c3?

Smoking makes worse: Complement is low and systemic lupus because it is activated by the lupus. Smoking activates the alternative complement pathway and lowers some pf the complement compoments. Low complement does not cause connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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Would a total thyroidectomy in a hashimotos patient calm the immune system/lower her chance of developing other autoimmune conditions?

Unfortunately no: A total thyroidectomy will not prevent other autoimmune diseases. However, most patients with hashimotos do not develop other autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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What could low red blood cell distribution indicate. Also have high total protein. Dr. Looking for autoimmune conditions.

Unrelated: There are no diseases associated with a low red cell distribution width (RDW). A high total protein does not in and of itself suggest the presence of autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Aeromonas found in stool. No gastro symptoms but fatigue/malaise for a year. Autoimmune conditions ruled out. Blood counts fine. Treatment needed?

Aeromonas found in stool. No gastro symptoms but fatigue/malaise for a year. Autoimmune conditions ruled out. Blood counts fine. Treatment needed?

No.: Not all Aeromonas species are pathogens. Aeromonas has been isolated from the stool of asymptomatic individuals. Even if it does result in diarrheal disease, it is usually self-limited requiring only supportive care, such as fluid repletion. The only instances in which antibiotics are required include severe diarrhea or diarrhea in an immunosuppressed patient. Your fatigue/malaise is unrelated. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between autoimmune and psychiatric conditions? Is it true that undiagnosed ai issues can be mistaken for a psych diagnosis?

What is the relationship between autoimmune and psychiatric conditions? Is it true that undiagnosed ai issues can be mistaken for a psych diagnosis?

Some, def. Not all: Some patients with autoimmune disorders can have psychiatric symptoms (sometimes due to the autoimmune disorder, mostly not). Most people with psychiatric conditions don't have autoimmune disorder as cause.
Classic example is underactive thyroid (or less common adrenal disease) manifesting with symptoms of depression. Sometimes people with autoimmune diseases are depressed due to the disease. ...Read more

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What conditions could cause autoimmune pancytopenia?

Rare: Very rare. Saw one case. Can be associated with rheumatologic conditions (sle, etc), infectious (hiv, etc), autoimmune disorder, lymphoid neoplasm (cll, etc), drug or idiopathic (diagnosis of exclusion). Mechanism: autoantibidies to all three peripheral blood cells (wbc, rbc, platelet). Itp (ab only to platelet). Evan syndrome (ab to rbc and platelet). Tx: prednisone, ivig, or rituximab. ...Read more

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Is hernia mesh safe for everyone? Could the implantation of hernia mesh worsen the conditions of those that have autoimmune diseases?

Relatively: Nothing ever is safe for everyone but for most the mesh should work fine. There is no evidence that these mesh induces or worsens autoimmune disease. ...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