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How can I manage my life now? I have an autoimmune disease?

How can I manage my life now? I have an autoimmune disease?

Need more informatio: You need to say what autoimmune disease you have and if it is treated. Some do very well and meds work well. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more


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How should I manage my life now that I have an autoimmune disease?

How should I manage my life now that I have an autoimmune disease?

Live healthy!: Practice common sense: get enough rest, eat healthy foods in moderation, cut stressors, and exercise as you are able. These will help your immune system. You may need to carve out time and money for these things, which may take away from other goals, but it will be worth it. Follow doctors' orders for follow up exams, tests and vaccines to prevent illness. ...Read more

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I have one doctor who is 95-% sure I have an autoimmune disease. This past year I had rheumatic fever and then colitis. Never had either in my life. I?

Depends: Rheumatic fever is quite rare nowadays but I presume that it may be considered an autoimmune disorder. As for the colitis, do you mean ulcerative colitis? If so, it is considered an autoimmune issue. Autoimmune and allergic disorders are now considered a manifestation of impaired immune regulation and thus one often develop more than one disease entities. ...Read more

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Received multiple radiation treatment for recurring sinus / ear infections as a child. Could this have caused autoimmune disease later in life?

Received multiple radiation treatment for recurring sinus / ear infections as a child. Could this have caused autoimmune disease later in life?

Head/neck radiation: Radiation for a variety of indications was common until about 1980. Military families report this treatment frequently. There is a subsequent increased incidence of thyroid nodules, Autoimmune thyroiditis. Okay to get in to your regular doc. Check neck exam, thyroid labs and ultrasound. Take friend/family with you to help with asking questions. Be well. ...Read more

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I've tenonsynovitus since I went to uk, 2010 and I'm still NT recover. I'd back to malaysia, is it cause by overdo or the whether or autoimmune disease?

See orthopedist: It appears that your tenosynovitis has never healed and you should consult an orthopedic doctor to find out what can be done about it before further damages or scarring occurs. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do autoimmune diseases attack?

What do autoimmune diseases attack?

Autoimmune diseases: In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as white cells, platelets etc. ...Read more

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Are autoimmune diseases very common?

Yes.: Most people with hypothyroidism have the disease hashimoto's thyroiditis. When you add psoriasis, colitis to the diseases ra, spondyloarthritis, type 1 diabetes, and onward, you have a majorpercentage of american's having an "autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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What can cause an autoimmune disease?

What can cause an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases: In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as white cells, platelets etc. ...Read more

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How does someone get autoimmune disease?

How does someone get autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease: It is not fully understood and reasarch is still on. It happens in idividuals who are genetically susceptible triggered by an offending agent which could be a bacteria, virus, environemental toxins, drugs, food allergens, radiation, chemicals, hormonal to name a few. It is a flu like onset with fatigue followed by symtoms referable to the target organ, tissue or cell that is affected. ...Read more

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What family members get autoimmune diseases?

No certainity: Although autoimmune disease have high genetic transmission rates, I do not know if you can say who will get what until signs/symptoms appear. So the best advice I can give is that you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of conditions which are prevalent in your family and be vigilant and honest in recognizing them and taking action to be evaluated by a medical professional. ...Read more

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How can someone contract autoimmune disease?

How can someone contract autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease: It is not fully understood and reasarch is still on. It happens in idividuals who are genetically susceptible triggered by an offending agent which could be a bacteria, virus, environemental toxins, drugs, food allergens, radiation, chemicals, hormonal to name a few. It is a flu like onset with fatigue followed by symtoms referable to the target organ, tissue or cell that is affected. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what autoimmune diseases are?

Body attacks itself: Autoimmunity is when the infection-fighting system turns against the body. Examples include many cases of hypothyroidism, some joint problems (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus), ms, psorias and inflammatory bowel disease (eg, crohn's). ...Read more

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Are there drugs to treat autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Yes. There are many medications to treat autoimmune diseases, depending on the specific disease. ...Read more

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How are diet and autoimmune diseases related?

Maybe not at all: People will often espouse the supposed benefits of certain foods or supplements in helping to treat autoimmune diseases or in making those diseases worse. The trouble is there are virtually no large controlled studies that clearly substantiate these opinions. Until that happens, I remain very skeptical. ...Read more

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What are the most common autoimmune diseases?

Depends on field: For general diseases in all fields these are some if the most common: SLE, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Difficult to know: There are many different autoimmune diseases, and each fits into separate categories. Many create arthritis, kidney failure, rashes, hepatitis, etc. You would be better off picking one illness and repeating your question. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an autoimmune disease?

Ask your doctor: The autoimmune diseases are a complex group of diseases with many different types of symptoms. If you are concerned your first step should be to ask your doctor. Most of these diseases are diagnosed based on your medical history and physical examination followed by lab to help confirm a clinical suspicion. ...Read more

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How can someone contract an autoimmune disease?

How can someone contract an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease: It is not fully understood and reasarch is still on. It happens in idividuals who are genetically susceptible triggered by an offending agent which could be a bacteria, virus, environemental toxins, drugs, food allergens, radiation, chemicals, hormonal to name a few. It is a flu like onset with fatigue followed by symtoms referable to the target organ, tissue or cell that is affected. ...Read more

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How do individuals develop autoimmune diseases?

How do individuals develop autoimmune diseases?

Excess immune stimul: A manifestation of excess immune stimulation which leads to inflammation of your tissues- myelin in ms, joints in ra...
The immune stress can be environment edible, infectious...
Chronic stress leads to compensatory changes in adrenal, thyroid & other hormones wreaking metabolic havoc in your system.
Plus other stressors contribute- poor diet, lack of sleep...
Genetics play roll
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What does it mean to have an autoimmune diseases?

What does it mean to have an autoimmune diseases?

Generic: This is a generic term for any disorder that is caused by your own immune system. It means nothing without more specific information. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autoimmune disease damage?

Too variable to say: There are multiple autoimmune diseases affecting one or more organs or organ systems with symptoms that are variable, sometimes intermittent, rapidly progressive or slow and indolent, and depending on which disease vary from annoying to fatal. See your primary care physician or board certified rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to treat autoimmune diseases?

Complex question: The term "autoimmune" means, literally, "self immune". These diseases run a wide spectrum and extend to multiple specialities. Rheumatologists deal with connective tissue diseases, gastroenterologists deal with crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, etc..., neurologists deal with multiple sclerosis and others, and even endocrinologists treat thyroiditis and diabetes which can be immune related. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: autoimmune disease?

What is the definition or description of: autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases: In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as white cells, platelets etc. ...Read more

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Are there medicines to effectively treat autoimmune diseases?

Are there medicines to effectively treat autoimmune diseases?

Too many to list.: Depends on which autimmune disease you have. They are simply too numerous to list. Mtx, prednisone. Doxyclyine, hydroxychorquine, azothioprine, cyclosporine, enbrewl, humira, Rituxan (rituximab) and on and on. Most work best for specific diseases. ...Read more

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Are there kinds of different tests for different autoimmune diseases?

Yes: And the variety and complexity of these tests is increasing rapidly as we learn more about the immune system. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the health consequences of autoimmune diseases?

Can you please describe the health consequences of autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases: In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as white cells, platelets etc. ...Read more

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Are all autoimmune diseases fatal?

No even close: There are numerous autoimmune diseases that are not fatal. These include psoriasis, hypothyroidism, certain types of hair loss and many others. In fact, relatively few autoimmune diseases have increased risk of death. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Psoriasis: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. One 's own immune system mistakes the skin as not self and attacks the skin by producing excess cytokines. In response body produces excess skin cells which pile up as red white scaly patches or plaques on top layer of skin called epidermis. There are 5 types of skin lesions called plaques, pustular, guttate, inverse and erythrodermic ...Read more

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Is hidradenitis an autoimmune disease?

Hidradeniis: Hidradenitis is not an autoimmune disease. It is somewhat like a bad case of cystic acne that occurs in the axilla and groin. It is treated with warm compresses and antibiotic therapy. Sometimes surgical intervention is required. ...Read more

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What doctors treat autoimmune diseases?

Probably Not: Autoimmune diseases are best treated by rheumatologists in conjunction with one's pcp. ...Read more

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What test can check for autoimmune disease?

It depends: There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. The tests ordered depend on which autoimmune disease you suspect. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases cause leukopenia?

2ways: Autoimmune diseases can suppress bone marrow production of white cells or can cause the destruction of circulating white cells. ...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