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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Disorders Menstrual Cycle

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Is there any particular "look" to people with autoimmune disorders?

Is there any particular "look" to people with autoimmune disorders?

No: I would caution everyone against these superstitious ideas. They serve no purpose, and even if there were some basis (for example, someone with advanced cancer "looks malignant" because of cachexia), the impression is less sensitive and less specific than a scientific exam. Life's difficult enough without well-intentioned lay people frightening folks for no reason. ...Read more

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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Is quinoa and sprouted grains okay for people with autoimmune disorders?

Is quinoa and sprouted grains okay for people with autoimmune disorders?

Unknown: Good question. There are no studies to support the benefits or the risks of quinoa and sprouted grains in people with autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Does the herb kalawalla (polypodium leucotamos) actually work for autoimmune disorders?

Maybe: There are some case reports (single cases) of it helping patients, but I do not know of any credible studies that have actually been done to critically answer that question. So while it might help, we can't be sure, and it might have side effects. ...Read more

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Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

ANA testing: ANA is a screening test for autoimmune disease, (generally present in 80-90% of cases). A higher titer over 1:160 is more significant. There are more definite testing for lupus such as anti-smith antibody and anti ds dna antbody. There are many more other specific testing for other specific autoimmune disorders. Syphilis and lyme disease can give false positive ANA test as well. See your md. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Topical steroids : Topical corticosteriods can thin skin if you are using these to treat rashes. Autoimmune diseases do not typically cause wrinkles. However; severe stress from any chronic severe disease can age a person. ...Read more

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What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

Oral thrush: It is unusual for an 17 year old to have recurrent oral thrush. If you use chronic corticosteroid, or steroid asthma inhaler, you might have an increased risk of having it. Some conditions that affect the number or function of your t lymphocytes, a type of the immune cells can make you susceptible to oral thrush or mucocutaneus candidiasis. ...Read more

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I read you can have autoimmune disorders with negative blood work. If so- then how would doctors know how to treat them?

Treat the patient: We treat the patient, not lab values. The goal would be to keep the patient free of symptoms while minimizing the side effects of medications. ...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


Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more