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Gluten And Connective Tissue Diseases
Do you think there are specific new connective tissue diseases not recognized yet (but lumped into undifferentiated) but will be named in the future?
No: First, I personally do not believe in the concept of undifferentiated connective tissue disorders and I do not believe in mixed connective tissue disorders. Followed long enough, most turn out to be lupus.
Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more
Immunity against oneself: Autoimmune means you're making an immune response against yourself. There are a variety of different autoimmune diseases. These include lupus erythematosus. Rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis scleroderma and overlap syndromes. Each are evaluated differently. Although not common they are not uncommon.
Genetic risk: Genetic risk factors play a role - some say genetics are 2/3 risk factor for systemic lupus erythematous and 1/3 risk factor is due to the environment. Even identical twins do not always get lupus. The risk factor appears to be immune response genes which are inherited. This can be passed down.See 1 more doctor answer
Could a connective tissue diseases cause a low pt. 9.9 in a lab where 10.3 is the low range. And what is the significance of this.
Possible: An inflammatory state may lead to increased levels of fibrinogen and factor viii that may shorten the pt.
Why is it that dizziness is listed as a symptoms of many connective tissue diseases but mds don't know cause? What is the likely cause is most cases?
Some possibilities: Include low blood pressure, tumor or viral labyrinthitis. I have also found when those are ruled out it is possible for pressure from the lower jaw bone of the TMJ to put pressure on the inner ear and cause some dizziness. You should see and ENT to rule out other middle ear problems.See 1 more doctor answer
Do you think all connective tissue diseases (lupus, sjogrens, scleroderma) are more alike than doctors realize since they tend to overlap so much?
Yes and no: Autoimmune diseases are all as different as the people who get them. These conditions all result from the body's immune system attacking different parts of your cells and tissues. Each person's disease will reflect the tissues that are being damaged. It is likely that everyone who has one of these conditions has a different spectrum of tissue damage which may be similar in some ways..
Are there any links between connective tissue diseases, aggressive osteoarthritis, food allergies, asthma or allergies? Which could be related?
Lupus and scleroderma are connective tissue diseases but eds is also. What exactly is connective tissue disease? Is lichen sclerosis related
Can connective tissue diseases like sjrogrens or lupus cause debilitating headaches? My md did a CT scan to rule out major problems. If the report comes out to be negative, could it be due to ctd?
Sure: Ctd folks have a lot of aches and pains. But severe ha not common--what does your md think?See 3 more doctor answers
Natural alternative for Diamox or topamax? I've dysautonomia (hyperPOTS) and mast cell activation disorder with connective tissues disorder. I'm allergic to gluten which is part of diamox. I have an intracranial pressure and breathing difficulty, when lay
Comprehensive exam: This question requires either allergic medical or rheumatology comprehensive evaluation and examination. If you in fact, have increased intracranial pressure: please go directly to your local ER. I have seen you post on POTS submitted multiple times and answered by many physicians. Please get examined or hospitalized to resolve your medical issues.See 2 more doctor answers
It depends: It depends on the specific disease.Get a more detailed answer ›
Labs can confuse.: The labs are just a fraction of what needed to get you better. Your history and physical exam will determine your treatment. Looking for which labs will delay and confuse. You need to develop a few paragraphs of all your issues and sit down with your doctor to put the pieces together. Began a wellness program and add in magnesium and acupuncture.
Combination of CTD: Mixed connective tissue disease is an autoimmune conditions with a combination of autoimmune diseases systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and polymyositis. One of these conditions is usually more prominent than the others at one time and with time it can progress to the other autoimmune diseases. Thus you may have arthritis, or a rash, or internal medical probelm.
Partly: The exact cause of this disease is still unknown. We believe that there is a genetic or inherited predisposition and a second enviorental trigger for this disease. It is rate to see 2 family members with this disease. Basically this means it is not an inherited disease. The abity to get this disease may be inherited but not the disease itself.
Type not clear: Undifferentiated connective-tissue disease (uctd) is a diagnosis applied to signs and symptoms that are consistent with a connective-tissue disease (ctd) but that do not fulfill the classification or diagnostic criteria for any one of the defined ctds such as (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc.).See 1 more doctor answer
Not my definition!: Mctd is a non-serious problem for most. The lab definition is usually an rnp antibody without a smith (sm) antibody.
Many ways: Different people have different mechanisms of mctd activity. The therapy is tailored to the individual activity. Knowledge is the best way to cope with mctd. The more you know your type of mctd the better you can cope. I sometimes refer to it as "mixed up" connective tissue disease.
Mixed CT Disease: There's no cure for mixed connective tissue disease, but medication can help manage the signs and symptoms of the disease. Mild forms of mixed connective tissue disease may not require treatment. You may require treatment only during flares or, if you have a more serious form of the disease, you may require continuous medication.
The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more
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