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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?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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.
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. ...Read more
Do you think all connective tissue diseases (lupus, sjogrens, scleroderma) are more alike than doctors realize since they tend to overlap so much?
Related: Autoimmune disease such as lupus and Sjögren's syndrome are indeed related by the fact that it is the immune system that is attacking the body itself. However, different disease have different but overlapping targets of the misguided immune attack. For example, there can be joint pain in lupus, a symptom that overlaps with rheumatoid arthritis. However, the joint involvements are different. ...Read more
Which connective tissue diseases cause a skin rash? Punch biopsy suggestive of early connective tissue disease.
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
Comorbidities of adult-onset food allergies? Am IGE tested. Are any connective tissue diseases related? Rash biopsy = early connective tissue disease.
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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? ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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.
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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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.). ...Read more
Connective tissue dz: Most common are fatigue, fevers, muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and weakness. There can be others, making the symptoms non-specific. Speak with your primary physician. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Mixture of many: It is a mixture of findings from a variety connective tissue diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis and scleroderma. One does not have allof the symptoms at one time but can overlap from one to another with arthritis, rashes, internal involvement of lungs, heart, kidney less often. ...Read more
Mixed CT Disease: The medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), cortisone drugs/steroids (such as prednisone), antimalarial drugs (hydroxychloroquine), and cytotoxic drugs (such as methotrexate, azathioprine, and cyclophosphamide). Organ damage, such as in the kidneys, can require additional treatments directed at high blood pressure, etc. ...Read more
Lupus/scleroderma: Mixed connective tissue disease (mctd) is an autoimmune disease that usually has features of lupus and scleroderma. Many people have raynaud's (fingers change color) and puffy fingers, and a positive ANA with a more specific test called "rnp" and may also have rashes, arthritis, or inflammation in other organs. It is treated a lot like lupus. Seeing a rheumatologist is helpful. ...Read more
Joint, skin, interna: Mctd can have a variety of signs and sympotms whichcan change with times. By the name it is a mixture of a variety of connective tissue diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, polymyositis and rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on which condition is prominent at the time. When you are evaluated your physician will look for causes of the symptoms from these categories. ...Read more
Overlap syndrome: This is an overlap syndrome with manifestations that can include those of rheumatoid arthritis systemic lupus, scleroderma, and polymyositis. Different patients will have different combination of these components, over the long term it appears that many can get scleroderma like findings. Two or more components can occur. It has a variety of specific laboratory studies especially the RNP blood test ...Read more
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