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Best Vasculitis Program
How are chronic migraines related to vasculitis in the head (possibly due to excess analgesics) best treated?
Brain rest: Chronic daily headache is becoming more common. Often cause is excessive use of medications. Major brain rest is necessary. Avoid medications, try relaxation, meditation, yoga, herbal teas, change of life style , etc. Very difficult to reverse this downward spiral. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
With moderately severe cryofibrinogenemia that requires treatment, what type of specialist is the best to consult for this disease? Is it considered to be a form of vasculitis?
It depends: Cryofibrinogenemia can be primary, or secondary to another illness. If it's primary, it's a blood disorder and increases your chance of lymphoma, so you should see a hematologist/oncologist at some point. It can also be due to a rheumatologic illness (eg lupus, rhuematoid arthritis) and either way, it has symptoms like vasculitis, so a rheumtologist should also be on your team. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is small blood vessel vasculitis associated with skin or cutanious cancers? What is the best treatment strategy?
Various: Vasculitis means inflammation of blood vessels. There are many forms of vasculitis, depending on the size of the blood vessels whether large arteries, small arteries, capillaries or veins.That are inflamed. Accordingly, the disease can range from unpleasant to life threatening. The treatment also depends on what blood vessels are inflamed. Vasculitis can also be limited to certain organs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Vessel inflammation: Vasculitis is a basket term for numerous conditions that cause inflammatory damage to vessels. Vasculitis itself is not a diagnosis, but just a finding that is seen in tissue via microscopy. The type of vasculitis is critical for how they are treated; each one of them may be treated differently. In general though, the immune system is triggered to initiate vessel damage. ...Read more
Hard to cure: Vasculitis or arteritis can be associated with many conditions. If collagen vascular, like lupus, medication may control, if giant cell arteritis, such as temporal arteritis, steroids might totally reverse. In most other cases, chronic treatment with medication over years is necessary. Since most of these disorders are autoimmune, success may be on the horizon in some cases. ...Read more
Yes!: Vasculitis is an inflammatory condition, caused by an overactve immune system in most cases. Diet has a huge influence on inflammation in your body. The short version is: avoid sugars, gluten, dairy, processed foods, fried foods. Eat lots of: fruits, vegetables, fish oils. For more detail, i recommend a book titled, "inflammation nation.". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vasculitis is a: Very complicated illness. It can be mild or extremely severe and yes patients can die from vascuilitis. When vasculitis (or inflammation of blood vessels) affects organs such as the kidneys and/or brain, and bowel for example severe illness can occur and death can follow. There is treatment and you need to work closely with your doctors to prevent end organ damage and potentially death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why ask why?: Vasculitis is defined by the presence of inflammatory white blood cells in blood vessel walls with reactive damage to mural structures. This can lead to bleeding and ischemia/necrosis downstream of the vessel. Affected vessels vary in size, type, and location in association with the specific type of vasculitis. There are many different types. The exact mechanisms underlying them are unknown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood vessel disease: Vasculitis refers to inflammation of blood vessels and can refer to capillaries, veins and all sizes of arteries. It can range from minor/moderate to severe and life threatening. There are many causes and this is a disorder Rheumatlologists are trained to diagnose and treat. ...Read more