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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
connective tissue : Connective tissue disease: test for sjogren's (blood & sialogram) autoimmune thyroid, explore with your doctor : omeoprazole & Erythromycin & domperidone. Botox injections into pylorus muscle for stomach pain and nausea. Avoid raw veggies, grind food up when things are very bad. There does not need to be one primary autoimmune disorder. ...Read more
Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Antibodies: Your body generates antibodies against the thyroid tissue. This can stimulate the thyroid and lead to graves' disease which is a form of hyperthyroidism. Other antibodies can attack the thyroid (hashimoto's thyroiditis) and destroy the cells, leading to hypothyroidism. Check w/ your doctor. ...Read more
Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Had many negetive GI test. Fat malabsorption/pots/no reynards syndrome no skin problems back inflammation. ? Sclerederma, ibs, ankylosing spondylitis?
Spondyloarthropathy: Sero negative spondyloarthropathy is a possibity. Shares many features symptomatically with as, but without hla-b27 positive. If your back pain is associated with sacroiliac pain (buttock pain to back of thigh, maybe groin, but not past knee) then it would be suspect. This is one if those cases where specialist eval would help. Rheumatology is best suited for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ANA 1:160 homogenous, anti ssDNA 42, normal Rh factor, ESR, anti dsDNA , neg HLA B27. Tests due to severe joint pain- is this indicative of lupus??
Help me, 59yrf-dercum's disease, lymphedema, ans disorder, heart disease- mi x3, 10+herniated discs, autoimmunity, gastroparesis, duodenitis w nodule?
Too many issues here: If you do have all these listed problems, you need a good internist to take care of you and guide you further. Health matters get complicated if you truly have more than one or 2 ailments and you need long term care for any such diseases that are chronic in nature. You need a good primary care doctor to guide you for the long term. ...Read more
1280 ANA, -ENA and compliments. lupus symptoms, but rheum said no lupus because I have Blau Syndrome, rare autoinflammatory, doesn't cause ANA. Help!
Talk to your MD: Blau syndrome, systemic granulomatous syndrome, is a rare autoimmune disease affecting many organs. It can simulate, at least initially, other autoimmune diseases. There is effective treatment for most patients with the disease. Either talk with your rheumatologist or go to a tertiary medical center. ...Read more
Does infectious disease specialist treat or study systemic scleroderma. Undifferentied diffuse connective tissue disease,raynauds?
No: these are generally dealt with by rheumatologists. Good luck. ...Read more
No: Autoimmune thyroiditis can occur in young children, adolescents and adults of any age. We see it most often in children who have a family history of that condition. In many children that we have seen, it was mild but symptomatic enough that their mother recognized the condition and sought treatment. Even with mild disease in children the treatment can have profound benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It may..: Patients with gastroparesis may usually have underlying diabetes. There are other causes for gastroparesis, including a hypoactive thyroid.It turns out that the most common kind of hypothyroidism is hashimoto's disease, which is an autoimmune disease just like some forms of diabetes!your endocrinologist can definitely provide more info about this. Take care! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not commonly: Unlike many meds used to treat autoimmune diseases (immune modulators that suppress the immune system) Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has an antiinflammatory effect on autoimmune dss. So the risk of infections (seen with immune suppression) is uncommon. Major concern with this drug is effect on vision. Regular eye exams are recommended. ...Read more
Probably not: Diet is a hot topic as a treatment for autoimmune diseases. However there is no cure for autoimmune diseases including conventional treatments and or diet. Obesity makes patients respond less well to treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Weight loss in general helps. (The medications work better). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers