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Are canker sores more common in people with an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis?

Are canker sores more common in people with an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis?

Can be: Canker sores are more common when the body is stresses - either emotionally or physically. Any uncontrolled disease process places a stress on the body, and can lead to more canker sores - either directly, or by causing other stress such as a loss of sleep or poor sleep quality. ...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


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Is depression common in people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Is depression common in people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis and depression commonly occur together: Although this is known, people with rheumatoid arthritis often aren't screened for depression, so it may not be diagnosed or treated. Studies show that if depression occurring with rheumatoid arthritis isn't addressed, the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis itself can be less effective. It's unclear whether people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher incidence of depression and anxiety as a result of their physical symptoms, or if depression is itself a symptom caused by the chronic, systemic inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers believe that people who had depression before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis may be less responsive to their rheumatoid arthritis treatment. More research is needed to determine the exact connection between all types of arthritis and depression. Left untreated, depression in people with rheumatoid arthritis may result in: Greater pain, Greater risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, Loss of productivity at work, Increased risk of economic hardship, Deterioration of relationships with friends and family, Sexual dysfunction. What is known is that people who have rheumatoid arthritis and depression that occur together respond better to treatment when both conditions are addressed. Although different medications may be prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and depression, many activities can be helpful in addressing the physical and emotional effects of both conditions, such as: Regular exercise, Stress management techniques, Friends and support groups familiar with the challenges of both conditions. People with all types of arthritis are at high risk of depression and anxiety. If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and are feeling depressed or are worried about developing depression, it's important to talk to your doctor. With medication, support and a personalized plan of action, depression and rheumatoid arthritis are treatable conditions. ...Read more

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Long-term joint pain in teenagers - rheumatoid arthritis or some sort of infection?

Long-term joint pain in teenagers - rheumatoid arthritis or some sort of infection?

Need evaluation: Could be either, only a rheumatologist can tell the difference. You need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is abnormal in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in blood work?

What is abnormal in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in blood work?

Many thinks: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate.High c-reactive protein.High anti-nuclear antibody.High rheumatoid factor cold be present cyclic citrullinated peptide (ccp). Like the rheumatoid factor, the ccp is another antibody that may be found in the blood of adults with rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between systemic lupus and raynaud's phenomenon? Do people with lupus sometimes have raynaud's as part of the illness?

Is there any connection between systemic lupus and raynaud's phenomenon?  Do people with lupus sometimes have raynaud's as part of the illness?

Not always: Raynaud's phenomenon is an exaggerated vascular response to cold temperature or stress. It is not specific to any disease & can be associated with a long list of conditions. It can also occur without any underlying disease (so-called primary raynaud's). Only a small percentage of patients with lupus tend to have raynaud's phenomenon. ...Read more

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Pregnancy problems in autoimmune diseases?

Pregnancy problems in autoimmune diseases?

There are: People with autoimmune disease can get better with pregnancy - this is seen especially with rheumatoid arthritis most of the time. Lupus can also improve or get worse, but it depends on the involvement of the lupus and what organ sites are involved. We are cautious with our pregnant patients, follow them along with high risk OB specialists and monitor their organ involvement. ...Read more

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Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Positive ANA: Conditions that can result in an elevated ANA include autoimmune disorders, certain drugs, uncommon infections, chronic lung or liver disease, kidney failure, ultraviolet light therapy, malignancy, pregnancy, and false positive/lab error. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are autoimmune disorders with rash and episcleritis common?

Are autoimmune disorders with rash and episcleritis common?

Not really: Autoimmune disease are uncommon in the general population. However diseases such as systemic lupus can have both rash and episcleritis. ...Read more

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In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

Yes: The three conditions all share a common underlying mechanism, that of autoimmune inflammation. Each condition manifests this mechanism in a specific organ or gland, namely the salivary gland, skin, kidneys, etc. ...Read more

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Are Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroidits, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Meniere's Diseases at all connected?

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Are Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroidits, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Meniere's Diseases at all connected?

Rare combination: It is highly unusual for one person to suffer from all these conditions. Thus you will need to get these conditions confirmed by the appropriate specialists. To start- neurologist, rheumatologist, and psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What causes the autoimmune disorder called lupus?

What causes the autoimmune disorder called lupus?

Unknown: Genetic, hormonal, immunologic, and environmental factors may play a role but the overall cause of lupus is unknown. The immune system becomes activated and attacks the body itself hence the term autoimmune. ...Read more

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Can masturbation lead to autoimmune diseases like lupus or multiple sclerosis?

Can masturbation lead to autoimmune diseases like lupus or multiple sclerosis?

NO relationship: This question has been asked and answered numerous times on this site. Masturbation does NOT cause disease or blindness! ...Read more

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Does sjogrens syndrome come in flares like lupus? What is easier to control-lupus that affects organs or sjogrens that affects organs ?

Does sjogrens syndrome come in flares like lupus? What is easier to control-lupus that affects organs or sjogrens that affects organs ?

Yes: Sjogren's can have flares just like sle and there is frequently overlap between the two. Neither is desirable when organ involvement occurs since these are very difficult to treat or reverse. ...Read more

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Which joints are most commonly affected in rheumatoid arthritis?

Which joints are most commonly affected in rheumatoid arthritis?

Early in the course of rheumatoid arthritis, the most common joints involved include: The joints that attach your fingers to your hands, The middle joints of your fingers, Your wrists, The joints that attach your toes to your feet, Your ankles: Larger joints — such as your elbows, shoulders and knees — often are affected later in the course of the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis typically develops in the same joints on both sides of your body. Signs and symptoms include pain, warmth and swelling of the affected joints, with morning stiffness lasting longer than an hour. ...Read more

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Can menopause trigger autoimmune disorders? I was diagnosed with both psoriatic arthritis and celiac disease at 51.

Maybe: There is more autoimmune (AI) disease in older women, but it is unclear if it is related to time or hormones. Time: an AI condition is a problem in the immune system. The longer we live, the more likely a problem will develop. Hormones: women have an immune system that tolerates foreign things, that is how they have a baby. If that tolerance goes away, then there can be an issue. But exact cause? ...Read more

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Connective tissue disorders--are they genetic or autoimmune?

Connective tissue disorders--are they genetic or autoimmune?

Likley: A combination of both in which genetics predispose you but a trigger or exposure which your body encounters turns on the autoantibodies. ...Read more

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What causes hair loss in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

What causes hair loss in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

The medecation used: About 20% of patients using Methotrexate could have side effects. They include nausea and vomiting, rash, mild hair loss, headache, mouth sores, and muscle aches. ...Read more

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Autoimmune Conditions (Definition)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader , and 'fighting" it. This is not ...Read more