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I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ANA but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ANA but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

Get seen: Maybe one woman in 4 has a positive ANA but seems fine. I'd stop worrying about the ANA. I doubt you have leukemia but you need a complete history and physical exam and basic labs (CBC, chem profile, urinalysis) by a competent physician. Night sweats are serious. ...Read more

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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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Will autoimmune disease to ever go away?

Will autoimmune disease to ever go away?

More information: Seems many people are asking this - you need to say what autoimmune disease you are referring to. ...Read more

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Why do autoimmune diseases affect more women?

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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Do drug addicts get more autoimmune diseases?

Do drug addicts get more autoimmune diseases?

Yes: A very interesting question. Anything that affects the immune system increases risk. For example Cocaine abusers run a higher risk of vasculitis. ...Read more

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Who is more likely to get autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune disease: Increased risk in family with 1st degree relative or closer 2nd degree relative with any autoimmune disease. Women also tend to have a slightly increased risk over men. ...Read more

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How come autoimmune diseases affect more women than men?

No one knows: No one knows for sure. Various theories have been postulated including hormonal influences but none has been proven. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of autoimmune disease?

What are the most common symptoms of autoimmune disease?

There may be none: There are a variety of autoimmune diseases. Some may be without symptoms - ie autoimmune thryoid disease before it becomes symptomatic. Other will have many symptoms including joint involvement, heart and lung problems in some people with in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, rash in lupus, and dermatomyositis, muscle inflammation in polymyositis, dry eyes, mouth or other sites in sjogren's. ...Read more

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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

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What is the likelihood for autoimmune disease to ever go away?

What is the likelihood for autoimmune disease to ever go away?

Yes: Some autoimmune diseases "burn out" over time, when for some reason immune regulation seems to kick in. ...Read more

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Am I more likely than average to have another autoimmune disease?

Yes, if you have one: If you have one autoimmune disease you are more likely than average to have manifestations of other autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Steven Griggs
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Foot Pain (Definition)

Any abnormal sensation which occurs with normal use and ...Read more