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If autonomic dysfunction caused by connective tissue disease.Would treating connective tissue disease control the autonomic disease sx? Ie prednisone?
Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Close: The way i define it is that cardiovascular disease refers to the present of plaque (arterial disease) in the arteries of the heart. Ischemic heart disease means that the disease in the arteries has now decreased the blood flow to the heart and is affecting how it functions. Ischemic heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebral spurs are noted. The latter phenomenon, referred to most accurately as spondylosis deformans, is asymptomatic. It may be associated with disc disease, but disc damage does not necessarily cause pain. ...Read more
Can!: Heart disease prevention is now well established in women with early menopause (surgical or natural) and women in there fifties. No benefits are present for older women. The earlier the benefits, the greater the benfits. Cancer of the colon, osteoporosis, and less alzeiheimer's are documented and longer sexual functioning! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Somewhat: Degenerative disc disease is wear and tear on the bones and discs...Sorta like arthitis. Just as anyone who walks will eventually have some degeneration of the knees...Anyone who walks upright will eventually get some degeneration of the spine. Actually the treatment is often the same as well - strengthening the muscles around the affected joints and maintaining flexibility. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We thought so..: So we knew that oxidative stress is a key factor in cancers and other disease processes. So naturally we thought, lets load patients with antioxidants to prevent that. We did studies and it showed antioxidants have no effect. Which means there's a lot more to it than the oxidation issue. So although logic says antioxidants are good, we just don't have definitive proof of it. ...Read more
Yes: Unfortunately the names for some defects are confusing. Endocardial cushion defect is an older term. Atrioventricular canal is also an older term for the same entity. The current term for this defect is atrioventricular septal defect and is often abbreviated as avsd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: It may remain localized to one or two specific areas. ...Read more
Wear and tear: It is not unique to have wear and tear throughout the vertebral column. Most often the degeneration is most prominent over the lower back, but can eventually be seen in the neck and mid back as time proceeds. ...Read more
Words matter: This is a birth defect, where the walls within the heart and sometimes the valves are not formed correctly.It will need some corrective surgery. A heart disease by general definition is a condition where the structures deteriorate over time due to some insult or chronic issue, like a viral heart infection , blood vessel disease from high cholesterol, heart enlargement from hypertension, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How are infectious diseases, degenerative diseases and diseases caused by the environment different?
Disease definitions: Disease is 'being out of balance' -- 'dis' which means 'negative' and 'ease'.. Infectious diseases generally relate to illnesses caused by germs. Degenerative diseases are more 'chronic' in nature, as things wear out- whether from too much inflammation, old age or some kind of damage. Environmental diseases arise from exposures - like mold in the work place. There are docs that specialize in these ...Read more
YES: Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These changes include disk dehydration, disk bulging / protrosions/ herniations, and disk space narrowing. These processes can be visualized nicely with an MRI scan and sometimes can be inferred by an xray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, potentially by three mechanisms: first, a percentage of patients with Crohn's disease will have an inflammatory arthritic component to it that can affect the bones; second, patients with Crohn's can have malabsorption of some of the key nutrients that make bone string; and third, some of the medications used to treat Crohn's can impact bone health. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers