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Autoimmune Diseases Barometric Pressure
Can symptoms of Lyme disease (and coinfections) become worse due to changes in the weather (such as change in barometric pressure)?
Yes: Lyme disease can cause just about any symptom known to man, including sensitivity to changes in barometric pressure. Western medicine has little if anything to offer for this symptom but homeopathy and chinese medicine can help; of course proper treatment of lyme and co-infections should help too! ...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
One thing that triggers my migraines is the barometric pressure (storms). How do you avoid a storm?
Migraines: Changes in weather, humidity, temperature, etc., have been known to trigger migraines. If you know a storm is coming, best to try and get away from its path for a while. If you can't then at least be prepared for it with enough of your medications in stock and other things that help relieve the headaches. ...Read more
I was wondering what you do to get rid of the migraines triggered by the change in barometric pressure?
Be vigilant: This is common. Some migraineurs would make great weatherpeople; they can predict a cold front 3 days in advance without any silly Doppler radar. Mainly women, I don't know why. It helps not to wait till the headache arrives. Try treating as soon as you feel the "hovering" feeling migraineurs describe. Work out a stepwise system with multiple meds. ...Read more
See below: Any person with chronic pain where there is inflammatory fluid produced can experience pain when this fluid expands and contracts with changes in barometric pressure which encroach on pain endings. ...Read more
Not: I'm not aware of any association. Someone here will correct me if I'm wrong. ...Read more
No: The vestibular apparatus, the nerves in the middle ear, do not change their function with changes in atmospheric pressure. However when rapid changes in pressure happen like going up in an elevator in a skyscraper or during landing in an airplane the air space in the middle ear may not readily equalize with the pressure acting on the outside of the body and cause some people to feel dizzy. ...Read more
Yes: Rapid drop in barometric pressure is associated with a slightly higher incidence of nosebleeds, although the more important factor is the dryness of the air. Low relative humidity definitely increases the chances of having a nosebleed. The first things to try in cases of recurring nosebleeds involve moisturizing the nose: saline nasal spray, moisturizing nasal gel, a humidifier, etc. ...Read more
How severe the effects of change in barometric pressure and air humidity in people with minor mitral regurgitation? Does any restriction apply? Ty.
No effect: There should be no effect of changes in air pressure or humidity on mild mitral valve disease. Mild mitral insufficiency should not be affected by anything environmental. ...Read more
What do you mean?: What happens, under what circumstances, and when does it happen? Barometric pressure changes all the time. You can't do anything about that. But if you talk to your doctor about the specific symptoms she is having, maybe it can be helped. ...Read more
Minor alterations: And changes in ambient barometric pressure can cause sinus pressure, "popping" and muffling of hearing. Major decreases or increases are responsible for ruptured ear drums, brain swelling, and pulmonary edema, for atmospheric change in pressure. The pressures encountered when diving are basically the same with the addition of nitrogen narcosis, and the "bends" to name a few. ...Read more
Does Idiopathic intracranial hypertension become worse or better with barometric pressure change?
Yes: Especially if they are blocked up and pressure builds. ...Read more
It is not a myth. Falling barometric pressure (usually indicating rain) will increase joint pain! Is it why my joints hurts? I have RA!
You are correct: You are correct. It is not a myth. Joseph hollander, md proved that in the early 1960s using a climate chamber. No one is sure of the exact mechanism but it may have to do with delayed ability to equalize pressure inside the joint to the outside barometric pressure as the outside pressure falls. ...Read more
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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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