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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Diseases And Numb Fingers

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Are stubby fingers a sign of an autoimmune disease?

Are stubby fingers a sign of an autoimmune disease?

No: It is a sign that you have likely inherited them from one or both of your parents. ...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 white ...Read more


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If an autoimmune disease is causing hand issues will the same fingers on each hand be affected? Or just both hands?

If an autoimmune disease is causing hand issues will the same fingers on each hand be affected? Or just both hands?

See below: To the first question--not necessarily. To the second question---it depends on the type of autoimmune disease as seronegative spondyloarthritis can be asymmetric. ...Read more

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I have horizontal ridges on my finger nails and i'm being tested for lupus. Is that a sign of an autoimmune disease?

I have horizontal ridges on my finger nails and i'm being tested for lupus. Is that a sign of an autoimmune disease?

Probably not.: I've never seen lupus cause horizontal nail ridges, although i suppose it's possible. Certain medications can do it, as can diabetes and certain systemic diseases. If you're not on any medications, your doctor may wish to extend the workup to look for other internal causes, besides lupus. ...Read more

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Diagnosed EBV now seems gone on to serious autoimmune disease symptoms muscle weakness stiffness in muscles numbness loss of sensation ?

Disconcerting: Thoughts might include an inflammatory autoimmune neuritis, cidp, even onset of ms, which is associated about 99% of adult pts. Need to get this diagnosed and treated. You may need spinal fluid and various blood studies. ...Read more

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Ebv positive which caused autoimmune disease struggle to breathe move lungs numbness loss of sensation muscle stiffness weakness muscle heavyness?

Ebv positive which caused autoimmune disease struggle to breathe move lungs numbness loss of sensation muscle stiffness weakness muscle heavyness?

? Guillain-Barre ?: Not sure what you wish answered, but your description could be c/w an acute immune polyneuritis called guillain-barre, or even onset of a chronic process called cidp. If you have been diagnosed, perhaps you may improve with ivig infusions. However, please clarify what you need answered and we will amplify our responses. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases may cause cervical and thorasic spine pain, ankle pain, knee pain, wrtist and finger joint pain, with hyperpigmentation ?

RA: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system, instead to protect your health by attacking bacteria and/or viruses, mistakenly attacks your joints in the entire body. Rec.: see rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

Immunity problems: Some immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders don't fit well with named syndromes. Perhaps there is a name for yours, but not necessarily. I agree with the others' advice: Dr. Mahmood re possible IgG deficiency, Dr. Chu about WBC function, and Dr. Legha's comments about doctor shopping. Get an infectious diseases as well as allergy/immunology consultation. Good luck! ...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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Numbness in fourth and little finger and down arms. Numbness in toes when standing for a length of time. Diagnosed autoimmune illnesses. Any ideas?

Numbness in fourth and little finger and down arms. Numbness in toes when standing for a length of time. Diagnosed autoimmune illnesses. Any ideas?

Uncertain: The left arm could also be C-7 T-1 radiculopathy (pinched nerve inthe neck). The toe numbness may not even be neurologic and could be parasthesias. What immune illness you have if you have one may or may not be involved. See a neurologist. ...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