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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Disorders With Raynaud Phenomenon

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What's the difference between raynaud phenomenon and syndrome and disease?

What's the difference between raynaud phenomenon and syndrome and disease?

Phenom is name for: Both the disease and the syndrome. The disease is vasospastic disorder causing discoloration of the fingers. The raynauds disease is idiopathic where the syndrome is caused by some otherinstigating factor, most commonly connective tissue disorders like lupus. ...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


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Raynaud phenomenon syndrome question. Is it really that or poor circulation?

Raynaud phenomenon syndrome question. Is it really that or poor circulation?

Color and location: Raynauds causes fingers to turn either white, blue and/or red usually in the cold. Poor circulation is different because it can affect palms and usually the border of the color change is a smooth transition. Raynauds usually has a distinct line between normal and blue /white. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with primary Raynaud's. No cause has been found so far. Is primary an autoimmune disease?

No: Primary or idiopathic Raynaud disease is used to describe patients who have no definable cause for their vascular events. This condition is therefore an exaggeration of normal vasoconstriction to cold exposure and not associated with an underlying disease or autoimmunity. Secondary Raynauds refers to patients in which an associated disease or cause may underlie the attacks. ...Read more

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Can you explain how raynauds is an autoimmune disease?

Can you explain how raynauds is an autoimmune disease?

In many cases it is!: Raynaud's issociated with autoimmune diseases such as pss, crest, polymyositis, mctd, etc. And is associated with collagen forming beneath the endotheial lining of the small arterioles. This will gradually diminish blood flow with time. Raynaud's phenomena is different from the syndrome, in that it has causes not autoimmune. ...Read more

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What are some of the causes of raynaud's? I've heard autoimmune issues, but I have no symptoms other than raynaud's?

Usually nothing: About 99% of people with raynaud's have no underlying disease. Scleroderma is preceded by raynaud's, as are a few other thankfully-rare illnesses, but these announce themselves quickly. Sounds like good news. Thanks for writing. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune illnesses I have; Sarcoidosis, Sjogren's, Raynauds & M.E. worsen Chronic Pelvic Neuropathic Pain? If so, how?

Can autoimmune illnesses I have; Sarcoidosis, Sjogren's, Raynauds & M.E. worsen Chronic Pelvic Neuropathic Pain? If so, how?

Possibly: Sjogren's can be associated with a peripheral neuropathy whereas Sarcoidosis could actually involve the nerve roots at the spinal cord level (some of which do innervate pelvic muscle/tissue). It would probably require a MRI with contrast (+) a detailed EMG (+) thorough neurology exam to clarify. You may wish to discuss these options with your MD. Sarcoid spinal Cord changes may require immune Rx. ...Read more

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Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab). Urinalysis no bladder inf.?

Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab). Urinalysis no bladder inf.?

Drug side effect: You may only be constipated. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). Abdominal pain is a common side-effect of this drug. Bowel obstruction and perforation have been reported much less frequently but can be much more serious. Persistent abdominal pain is a symptom you should report to the physician who prescribed rituxan. ...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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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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Why can't your body become desensitized to autoimmune disorders like it can to other allergy triggers?

Good question: Different immunological mechanisms, desensitization can be performed to type 1 immunological reactions involving IgE antibodies, auto immune disorders aren't the same, wish you wellness ...Read more

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I hear autoimmune disorders described as an overactive immune system. Does that mean those people can never get sick?

No: To the contrary, some autoimmune diseases carry an increased risk of serious infection. Autoimmunity may interfere with the body's defense against infection. ...Read more

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Is fatigue normal with autoimmune disorders that are being controlled/treated effectively? I feel no better since starting med 8 months ago

Is fatigue normal with autoimmune disorders that are being controlled/treated effectively? I feel no better since starting med 8 months ago

Common yes normal no: Chronic fatigue syndrome is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impair the patient's ability to produce energy and they end up chronically fatigued. Your treatment may be controlling some of your symptoms, but it is not fixing what is wrong. Find and fix. ...Read more

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Why are autoimmune disorders are considered so dangerous?

They destroy tissues: Autoimmune disorders arise from an overactive immune system in which the body attacks its own tissues. The different types & the amount of destruction that occurs depends on the kinds of tissues targeted. Some affect a single organ (as in thyroiditis) while others involve multiple areas (such as lupus). If not diagnosed & treated, these disorders progressively worsen health & may hasten death. ...Read more

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How are allergies related to autoimmune disorders?

How are allergies related to autoimmune disorders?

Antibodies in both.: The easiest way to look at it is that if someone has allergies, his/her body makes antibodies against things he/she is exposed to (meds, foods, pollen, animals, etc.), while in autoimmune disorders, the body makes antibodies against one or more of its own tissues. ...Read more

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Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Yes: It depends on the disease, what medications you are on, what your blood count is, and which disease. Check with your local red cross blood donation center. ...Read more

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Hydroxychloroquine used for multiple autoimmune disorders?

Hydroxychloroquine used for multiple autoimmune disorders?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Yes. Hydroxy Chloroquine is used in many autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens, juvenile inflammatory arthritis, crest syndrome.
It has also been used in chronic idiopathic urticaria and graft vs host disease. ...Read more

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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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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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Is a higher ANA titre (1:2560) more likely to be associated with lupus than other autoimmune disorders?

Is a higher ANA titre (1:2560) more likely to be associated with lupus than other autoimmune disorders?

Question lupus.: The ANA test it’s considered to be one of the screening test for lupus. However, there is a lot of overlap diagnostically speaking among the various rheumatological conditions. Diagnosis should be based mainly on the history and physical examination and supported by results of blood testing. It’s hard to say that this test would specifically represent lupus. ...Read more

Dr. James Seibold
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Raynaud's Phenomenon (Definition)

Raynaud's disease is a primary vasospastic process that usually involves the fingers or toes and is worsened by cold, stress, vibration. Raynaud's phenomena is assoc. With other collagen vascular diseases such as lupus, etc. It is a vasospastic process that compounds the microvascular occlusive disease present in some ...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