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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Diseases And Nerve Damage

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Dr. Olav Jaren
1,344 Doctors shared insights

Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Patient with a rare autoimmune disease (relapsing polychondritis) with new onset worsening cramping of muscles over body worsening over time.....?

Patient with a rare autoimmune disease (relapsing polychondritis) with new onset worsening cramping of muscles over body worsening over time.....?

RPC: As a rheumatologist, I have quite a few patients with relapsing polychondritis (RPC). Patient is do respond to therapy but do require routine evaluations every 3-4 months. There are multiple drugs that may be used but this depends on clinical findings as well as laboratory and imaging findings. I recommend that you be seen by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Which specific Autoimmune diseases cause Severe Chemical dysfunction with Neurotransmitters and Significant Electrical Dysfunction with the Nerves?

Which specific Autoimmune diseases cause Severe Chemical dysfunction with Neurotransmitters and Significant Electrical Dysfunction with the Nerves?

There are some: we can see thid across the spectrum. I would suggest you ask your physician to have you see in neurologist so that they can clarify which syndromes may be causing such an issue. Neurologic dysfunction, with chemical dysfunction, and electrical dysfunction of the nerves can be associated with A variety of inflammatory processes. Have a neurologist could help clarify this for you ...Read more

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Ebv positive triggered autoimmune disease I could feel excruciating pain my immune system attacking my nerves directly?

Ebv positive triggered autoimmune disease I could feel excruciating pain my immune system attacking my nerves directly?

Sleep/nutrition: I would recommend plenty of sleep and to see a nutritionist to help your nutrition to aid your body's recovery. Mds only get a day of training in nutrition and you need someone trained who can suggest supplements based on your blood studies. ...Read more

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Is there an autoimmune disease that targets attacks, kills the nerves in the entire body which affects personality behavior loss of emotions, feelings?

No but: It doesn't sound autoimmune. Depression doesn't require an autoimmune disease. It can make your mind attack itself, be associated with physical pain, loss of energy, insomnia, crying spells. Get seen, treatment will make difference. Only 30% of people get acceptable improvement on 1 med, insomnia, pain, low energy all need attn. Therapy and meds together is best if u have this problem. Gd luc. ...Read more

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Can an autoimmune disease effect our nerves, brain cells, neurons, and part of our brain, so we lose our emotions feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

Possible: It all depends on the kind of autoimmune disease and place of involvement. For instance, lupus could cause cerebritis ie brain inflammation and even could go as far as causing coma. But lupus could be only localized to other places like causing kidney disease, lung diseases, skin disease, or arthritis. ...Read more

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What specific" autoimmune diseases attacks and targets our brain cells, neurons, nerves, so we lose our emotions, feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

What specific" autoimmune diseases attacks and targets our brain cells, neurons, nerves, so we lose our emotions, feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

Lupus number one: The commonest cause of autoimmune cerebritis is central nervous system lupus. It is treatable. Another cause is bechets syndrome and there is a very rare form that is idiopathic, meaning cause is unknown. But lupus remains the commonest. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases would attack nerves, brain cells, neurons, and part of our brain, so we lose our emotions feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

What autoimmune diseases would attack nerves, brain cells, neurons, and part of our brain, so we lose our emotions feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

Generic question: Several possible answers, including limbic encephalitis, some variations of viral encephalitis, (of which there are many), perhaps multiple sclerosis should be included, and can find in isolated vasculitides, and arteritis associated with collagen vascular and rheumatological disorders. But why does this come up, has your doctor diagnosed such a condition? ...Read more

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Can stills Disease or perhaps the auto-immune repressive medications, cause nerve damage to the fingers (Numbness and pain)?

Can stills Disease or perhaps the auto-immune repressive medications, cause nerve damage to the fingers (Numbness and pain)?

Suspect illness: Suspect that this may be related more to Still or an overlap. We might consider associated carpal tunnel or neuropathy or vasculitis and less likely the medications ...Read more

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How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

Not caught: People with a predisposition to an autoimmune disease might develop one following an acute infectious process, however, they are not thought to be directly caught as in the case of a virus. Autoimmune disease is due to an underlying defect in immune regulation that varies by condition. ...Read more

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How common are most autoimmune diseases?

Less than 1%: About 3% of americans, for example, have an autoimmune disease. Common ones include thyroid problems, type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitiligo. Most affect 1% of people or less. Autoimmune diseases are 3x more common in women and in people with a family history. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can autoimmune disease mean?

Complicated: The immune system is that part of the body defenses that fight off outside disease like infections. Auto immune disease denotes a situation where the body "turns against itself" by making antibodies against part or parts of your own body? The ultimate autoimmune disease is lupus but many others exist affecting the thyroid or many other organ systems. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have an autoimmune disease?

Discuss with doctor: Your doctor can order some basic screening tests if warranted (if you have symptoms or risk factors of autoimmunity). An immunologist or a rheumatologist can perform a more detailed evaluation and initiate treatment if an autoimmune disease is found. ...Read more

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Why are autoimmune diseases more common in females?

Why are autoimmune diseases more common in females?

Fetal cell traffic.: Fetal cells cross the placenta and lodge in maternal tissues triggering immune reaction to the paternal antigens. That's why autoimmune diseases are almost exclusive seen in women of reproductive age. If you are wondering about such diseases in men or women who have never been pregnant, the answer is that all of us carry cells from our mothers in our bodies since we were born; they can do the same. ...Read more

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Could diet (Dr Fuhrman etc) cure autoimmune disease?

Could diet (Dr Fuhrman etc) cure autoimmune disease?

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 more

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What are the common symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Need specific info: There are so many different symptoms based on which body system is affected by the particular autoimmune disease. For example, psoriasis affects the skin but can also affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints but can also affect the lungs. Lupus erythematosus can affect multiple organ systems. The symptoms generally follow the organ systems but non-specific fatigue is common. ...Read more

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What major organs can be affected by autoimmune diseases?

Almost any organ.: Heart, lungs, kidney, thyroid, brain and liver are examples of organs that are targets of autoimmune diseases. Lupus, autoimmune hepatitis, graves disease, and multiple sclerosis are examples of autoimmune diseases. ...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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Which autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are their symptoms?

Which autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are their symptoms?

Variety of symptoms: Many autoimmune diseases can affect women, such as thyroiditis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, grave's disease, vitiligo, etc... Symptoms include rashes, skin color change, skin tightening, fatigue, muscle weakness, fevers, feeling hot, feeling cold, weight gain, weight loss, joint pains, joint swelling, muscle aches, eye changes, abnormal lab results, dry mouth, etc... ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are warning symptoms?

What autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are warning symptoms?

Several.: While men get these diseases as well, all of the following are 6-15x more common in females, and are autimmune: 1. Ra, 2. Sle, 3. Scleroderma, 4. Mctd, 5. Polymyositis, 6. Sjogren's. All can be related to the presecne of estorgen, which is why they are uncommon in females before puberty. However, men with klinefelter's syndrome, who are xxy, have very high levels of estrogen and these diseases. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that following diets such as Dr Furhman's Is beneficial for reducing symptoms of autoimmune disease?

Is there any evidence that following diets such as Dr Furhman's Is beneficial for reducing symptoms of autoimmune disease?

No proven diet.: Although a diet high in antioxidants may potentially be beneficial, there has not been any scientific proof on its efficacy. (For that matter, any other diet) ...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

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...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