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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Disorders When It Affect The Joints Of The Toes

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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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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 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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Is the test for hashimoto's the same as the autoimmune disorders test?

Differences: Autoimmune disease is a general term to refer to multiple causes of inflammation often caused by a molecule in your body attacking some organ- such as your thyroid, pancreas, liver, or muscles. Hashimoto's disease is one form of an autoimmune disease leading to inflammation in the thyroid. In general, thyroid peroxidase antibody is a marker helpful in diagnose hashimoto's disease. ...Read more

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What are possible autoimmune disorders/diseases that can cause or make major depression worse if psychological and medical reasons are ruled out?

What are possible autoimmune disorders/diseases that can cause or make major depression worse if psychological and medical reasons are ruled out?

Autoimmune=medical: When you say psychological and medical reasons are "ruled out, " you are eliminating all disorders and diseases (including autoimmune ones) from consideration. If i may put some back in, systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis come to mind as worsening depression. In fact a flare of sle may be heralded by an exacerbation of depression. Steroid treatments of these can be depressogenic as well. ...Read more

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Which autoimmune disorders cause low t cells? (Hiv neg) How will doc diagnose this for me? Other labs ok, but i have episodes of not feeling well

Which autoimmune disorders cause low t cells? (Hiv neg) How will doc diagnose this for me? Other labs ok, but i have episodes of not feeling well

Vice versa: What disease will develop depends on the type of T cells which are deficient or low. It is the loss of immune regulation which causes autoimmune diseases and not the other way around. Low T cells may also be associated with immune deficiency as well. As for the episodes of not feeling well, it is not specific enough for us to offer you an opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Dr. Tania Dempsey
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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