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Doctor insights on: Cysts And Autoimmune Diseases Such As Lupus

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Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Yes: If you have autoimmune disease in your family - you are at increase risk to also develop
Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs. It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna, sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus. Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Lupus pancreatitis: Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients. Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced. Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Lupus pancreatitis: Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients. Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced. Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases?

Varied symptoms: Each autoimmune disease can present with multiple symptoms. Common ones are rashes, joint pains, hair loss, ulcers in the mouth, irregular menstrual cycles, , photosensitivity, joint swelling etc. Usually its constellation of of signs and symptoms that suggest autoimmune disease. Then it is confirmed by blood tests ...Read more

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Is a hida scan (cholescintigraphy) dangerous for people w/ lupus or autoimmune diseases?

Is a hida scan (cholescintigraphy) dangerous for people w/ lupus or autoimmune diseases?

No.: No higher incidence of problems with autoimmune disease, ie. Lupus. One of the best tests for determiing gall bldder function. Wouldn't worry! ...Read more

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Can you test for autoimmune disease like lupus without a baseline to compare it to? Kind regards... Victoria

Yes: The diagnosis of lupus depends on the positivity of certain lab tests and the satisfaction of specific diagnostic criteria. ...Read more

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How does plaquinil slow the process of scleroderma and lupus? Or any autoimmune disease

How does plaquinil slow the process of scleroderma and lupus? Or any autoimmune disease

See below: There is has been much on how exactly it works but it is thought to work on tlrs or toll-like receptors which play a role in the immune system. ...Read more

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Is it possible for eosinophilic esophagitis be a symptom of lupus or other autoimmune disease?

Learning more: A recent publication in the journal of allergy and clinical immunology described a subset of patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who have connective tissue disease. Musculoskeletal pain and hypermobility of the joints were described in these patients. We hope to learn more and more is further research gives us more answers. ...Read more

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Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. Reverse autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. Reverse autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

No.: Modification of the immune system doesn't occur with anything like a normal diet. Perhaps with life-threatening starvation the immune system would be made dysfunctional (not recommended). And then, suppression is not at all like reversing. ...Read more

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Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... Help

Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... Help

Yes: You could treat theses conditions and achieve complete remission with the right treatment. You need close follow up all the time since they classified as chronic diseases ...Read more

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Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. Help control, reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. Help control, reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Possibly: There is some evidence that anti inflammatory diets can help improve symptoms of auto immune diseases. Certainly eating an diet high in antioxidants will note harmful. But always check with your physician before you make a drastic changes to your diet. You should ensure that you get enough protein, carbs and fats along with micronutrients and vitamins. ...Read more

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Do you think if you have any kind of autoimmune disease? Like lupus or anything? Or would it have sawn in blood test. If blood result is normal.

See details: There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. Some can be diagnosed with the help of lab tests and some cannot. Lupus can be present even if all autoantibody testing is negative. However, this is a rare occurrence. ...Read more

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Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Lupus Tx: Lupus is the classic autoimmune disease as it can affect many organs through autoimmune inflammation. I have never heard of a rheumatologist who doesn't treat lupus. Maybe some specialize in lupus and advertise that way. ...Read more

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Is lupus or autoimmune disease transmited from mother to baby?

Sort of: Lupus itself is not transmitted mother to child. However, there is a specific lupus antibody that can be passed during pregnancy that can affect the child's heart. There is a higher risk that your child could develop an autoimmune disease if a parent has one. ...Read more

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Can someone with lupus or an autoimmune disease drink beer or hard liquor?

See below: You can consume alcohol so long you are not medication that could cause liver damage if you drink alcohol. When in doubt it is always good to call and ask your physician to see if it would okay to consume alcohol with the medications prescribed. ...Read more

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Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... So confused

Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... So confused

Yes can be controlle: Either lupus or Sjorgen's, but why do you think you have either? First you have got to be diagnosed which is often hard to, and needs an experienced rheumatologist, check with your doctor first who might refer you if necessary, good luck ...Read more

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What causes people w/ autoimmune diseases like lupus to "burn out" so quickly? Even when doing well, I have no reserve tank. How do I explain 2 others

What causes people w/ autoimmune diseases like lupus to "burn out" so quickly? Even when doing well, I have no reserve tank. How do I explain 2 others

See below: Not being an expert on autoimmune disease, I would await a rheumatolgist's response, but from a medical logic point of view, autoimmune diseases are diseases that attack one's own body and thus, weaken the body and cause damage that requires energy (overall) so to try to, repair damage. Consequently, your energy levels are "sapped" and your body is destroyed from inside out - why you burn out. ...Read more

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Can masturbation lead to autoimmune diseases like lupus or multiple sclerosis?

NO relationship: This question has been asked and answered numerous times on this site. Masturbation does NOT cause disease or blindness! ...Read more

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Can someone with normal lab results still have lupus or RA or othe autoimmune diseases?

Possibly: About 98-99 percent of people with Lupus have a positive ANA test so it be unlikely to have lupus with a negative ANA blood test. On the other hand, in rheumatoid arthritis, especially in the early phases, a much larger minority of people may have a normal Rheumatoid factor test (but many of those people may have a positive CCP ab test that is seen in RA). Bottom line: possible but unlikely. ...Read more

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How do you deal with the extreme fatigue that goes along with autoimmune diseases like lupus and ra?

Fight it!: Autoimmune diseases can be debilitating; my advice would be to fight it with all you have. Swimming, yoga, walking can be beneficial. A good diet can also be beneficial as proper nutrition is extremely important to maintain one's health. ...Read more

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I have horizontal ridges on my finger nails and I'm being tested for lupus. Is that a sign of an autoimmune disease?

Probably not.: I've never seen lupus cause horizontal nail ridges, although I suppose it's possible. Certain medications can do it, as can diabetes and certain systemic diseases. If you're not on any medications, your doctor may wish to extend the workup to look for other internal causes, besides lupus. ...Read more

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Looking for autoimmune diseases to be sure don't have any. Had ana, lupus blood tests, crp, blood counts, all normal, what else can I get?

Looking for autoimmune diseases to be sure don't have any. Had ana, lupus blood tests, crp, blood counts, all normal, what else can I get?

Urinalysis: You have had the screening tests. If the urine is normal and you do not have a skin rash and fever, use you money instead for exercise and relaxation. ...Read more

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There is controversy over if Interstitial Cystitis considered an autoimmune disease, or could it be part of a Lupus flare? Lupus causes inflamation.

IC and Lupus: IC (Interstitial Cystitis) is inflammation of the Bladder Wall that can occur by itself or in conjunction with other autoimmune diseases, including Lupus, fibromyalgia, scleroderma, and Sjogren's Syndrome. Research has shown that IC patients are 30 Times more likely to have SLE (systemic lupus erthematosus). If you have IC, tests for Autoimmune conditions should be performed by your Doctor. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia. I have many symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Lupus & RA test normal. ANA & CRP test are positive and elevated. What does this mean?

I have fibromyalgia. I have many symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Lupus & RA test normal. ANA & CRP test are positive and elevated. What does this mean?

Exam: You should see a rheumatologist to undergo a full history and exam. No single test can diagnose a rheumatological disease. ANA alone is not indicative of sle. The titer and type is imp. High CRP again in a non specific sign of inflammation. So should see a rheumatologist and have this a exam. ...Read more

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Could people with systemic autoimmune diseases like lupus/ra benefit from taking evening primrose oil? What about fish oil?

Could people with systemic autoimmune diseases like lupus/ra benefit from taking evening primrose oil? What about fish oil?

Drug interactions: Even over the counter and herbal medications can interact with other medications you may be taking. Please do not take either of these without discussing the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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Autoimmune diseases that can mess with brain? Like, memory and leg and muscle twitches. Not lupus. The dsdna was negative

Many things: One unusual cause is something called hashimoto encephalopathy. Other autoimmune disorders can cross-react with brain tissue. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases can cause severe pain in most of a persons bones/muscles/joints? ANA was normal, so PCP says not Lupus. I need suggestions.

What autoimmune diseases can cause severe pain in most of a persons bones/muscles/joints? ANA was normal, so PCP says not Lupus. I need suggestions.

Polyarthritis: Several diseases and conditions can cause polyarthritis. I would suggest you make an immediate in-person appointment with a Rheumatologist to evaluate the range of motion of your joints, any joint changes related to a myriad of causes. Don't guess at your problem. Physicians are taught to diagnose based on your medical history, chief complaint, laboratory tests and imaging. Good luck. ...Read more

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If swollen lymph nodes emerge from an inflammatory process like lupus (autoimmune disease) would ibuprofen an nsaid make then go away?

If swollen lymph nodes emerge from an inflammatory process like lupus (autoimmune disease) would ibuprofen an nsaid make then go away?

No.: Lymphadenopathy (large nodes) if do to sle, will not go away with nsaids. See your rheumatologist if this persists. ...Read more

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ANA+ test, speckled, 1:80 with a neg SSA/ SSB (<.20). ENT ran test b/c 80mg Prilosec didn't cure LPR. Lipid, metabolic comp, and CBC all normal. I had an ovarian cyst, caused major anxiety, which I think caused LPR. Autoimmune disease likely?

ANA+ test, speckled, 1:80 with a neg SSA/ SSB (<.20). ENT ran test b/c 80mg Prilosec didn't cure LPR. Lipid, metabolic comp, and CBC all normal. I had an ovarian cyst, caused major anxiety, which I think caused LPR. Autoimmune disease likely?

Lpr: Your ANA titer, although slightly elevated, is nondiagnostic in view of lack of strong clinical findings of an autoimmune disorder. Unfortunately LPR is notoriously unresponsive to antireflux therapy. Your rheumatologist is best qualified to advise you about autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

Immunity problems: Some immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders don't fit well with named syndromes. Perhaps there is a name for yours, but not necessarily. I agree with the others' advice: Dr. Mahmood re possible IgG deficiency, Dr. Chu about WBC function, and Dr. Legha's comments about doctor shopping. Get an infectious diseases as well as allergy/immunology consultation. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are foods that one should avoid if one has an autoimmune disease such as arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia?

What are foods that one should avoid if one has an autoimmune disease such as arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia?

Probably none: While many diets are promoted as therapy, there are no controlled studies to support any benefit. ...Read more

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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...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