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Autoimmune Diseases And Neck And Back Pain
Yes but...: A condition known as ankylosing spondilitis may affect only the spine. ...Read more
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
How would u know if back pain is from an autoimmune disease or infection? I've had mris, cts, cbc, CBC w/ diff.
How do you know if back pain is from an autoimmune disease? Would it have appeared on an MRI or ct?
Hair loss. Fatigue. Up back pain. Ana + w/speckled pattern 1:640. Negative on all autoimmune diseases. Cbc ok. Metabolic ok. Urine ok. Any ideas?
I assume that: Thyroid function was looked at. If not need to check that box. ...Read more
What autoimmune diseases may cause cervical and thorasic spine pain, ankle pain, knee pain, wrtist and finger joint pain, with hyperpigmentation?
I developed RA and Fibro after Cervical Spine fusion with implants. C 5-7. I believe I have allergic autoimmune disease. Can that be reversed?
Fibromyalgia: Is probably not an auto-immune disorder. You can discuss the natural history of sero-positive arthritis with a rheumatologist. Silicon implants can cause major problems, and there is a whole branch of science that has sprung up around induced auto-immune conditions with surgical implantation. Treatments are many and the rheumatologist knows more than anyone else what to do about this. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with autoimmune disease but are not which type because my kidneys, liver and thyroid test came back normal. Which one can it be? I also have prenecious anemia and large red blood cells.
I have a mass and several hard nodes in my neck. Nodules on my thyroid no infectuon or autoimmune disease. But tell me its "nothing". Any advice?
Biopsy?: There are many causes of lumps or nodules in the neck/thyroid. For the thyroid, they may be monitored over time by ultrasound and/or biopsied so that microscopic tissue can be examined (for possible cancer). Protocols for evaluating these are pretty straight forward, but if you have questions for your doctor, then please ask. Sounds like more info about your work-up might put your mind at ease. ...Read more
Many causes: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
No: Almost everyone has a few palpable neck nodes. They are almost always your friends. Disease here she's as very large nodes, very hard nodes, or nodes stuck to surrounding structures. ...Read more
I have a little vitiligo on my glans that never spreaded with time. Father has psoriasis. Now I have neck and joint pain. Autoimmune disease?
Not necessarily: Most joint pains are not from autoimmune disease but from osteoarthritis. However if the joints involved are swollen and warm, then an autoimmune disease is possible. At this point, if Naproxen relieves the joint problem, you may continue with it. But if the problem gets worse, consult your doctor or a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Hi doc experiencing swollen lymph node in neck itchy skin rash otc cream helps low grade fevers positive ana but negative for all autoimmune diseases?
Yes: Autoimmune thyroid disease can manifest as an enlarged thyroid, abnormal thyroid antibodies on lab testing, sometimes nodular thyroid, and yet thyroid function can be normal, low, or high. Thyroid functions would be indicated by tsh, t4, T3 (liothyronine) levels. Thyroid ultrasound would look for nodules. There is no treatment for the autoimmune part, but abnormal thyroid function or nodules can be treated. ...Read more
I have an autoimmune disease that has to do with the thymus gland and nervous system. What foods will help with this?
I (f, 26)still have thymus (Restthymus3, 5x1, 2cm).Should thymus be removed to prevent myasthenia gravis or other autoimmune diseases? P.S.I have hashimoto
Often same: 'thyroiditis' is an inflammatory process of the thyroid gland. Can be caused by virus, usually responds to anti-inflammatory medication and is self-limited. Hashimoto's thyroiditis similar, but is an autoimmune disorder where the antibodies attack the thyroid tissue, as though it was foreign. Over or underactive function could occur, but often becomes chronic and may need thyroid rx for life. ...Read more
I had my thyroid removed 2 yrs ago, t-levels are ok but I have all the symptoms of MS but my MRI is clean, what other autoimmune disease could I have?
I had a complete physical & blood work showed low thyroid. I want to b tested for all autoimmune diseases. Does my pcp have to refer me or can I go?
Life isn't that way: To say "i want to be tested for all autoimmune diseases" is like saying "i want to meet everybody"... All 6-7 billion people. Life doesn't work that way. A person can see her primary care doctor first (important), who begins the evaluation and then refers to a rheumatologist as needed. Otherwise, a person can see the rheum. First, and then see her primary care doctor to complete her evaluation. ...Read more
Noit will not: You need to test for special thyroid related antibodies for diagnosis og graves disease. ...Read more
My wife has a chronic throat pain and inflammation which is not explained by reflux and all her blood tests come up normal. Could she have an autoimmune disease which has gone undetected?
Throat pain: Once the common things are excluded and symptoms persist, then one should consider less common causes of throat pain such as autoimmune diseases, achalasia, or ulcerations. Blood tests can only go so far, and endoscopy with possible biopsy may be needed to find an explanation. ...Read more
Postive Elisa test, positive band 41 western blot positive Ana antibodies- soar throat and extreme fatigue after eating ANYTHING- autoimmune disease?
Meningitis: High fever, severe headache that isn't easily confused with other types of headache, stiff neck, vomiting or nausea with headache, confusion or difficulty concentrating — in the very young, this may appear as inability to maintain eye contact, seizures, sleepiness or difficulty waking up, sensitivity to light, lack of interest in drinking and eating, skin rash in some cases, such as in viral kind. ...Read more
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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