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Doctor insights on: Gluten And Connective Tissue Diseases

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Do you think there are specific new connective tissue diseases not recognized yet (but lumped into undifferentiated) but will be named in the future?

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.

Gluten (Definition)

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


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What are auto immune connective tissue diseases, and are they common?

What are auto immune connective tissue diseases, and are they common?

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.

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Do you believe that certain connective tissue diseases can be passed down by heredity?

Do you believe that certain connective tissue diseases can be passed down by heredity?

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.

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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?

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.

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Do you think all connective tissue diseases (lupus, sjogrens, scleroderma) are more alike than doctors realize since they tend to overlap so much?

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..

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Are there any links between connective tissue diseases, aggressive osteoarthritis, food allergies, asthma or allergies? Which could be related?

Are there any links between connective tissue diseases, aggressive osteoarthritis, food allergies, asthma or allergies? Which could be related?

No: But all except osteoarthritis are linked to immune dysregulation. If by connective tissue disease you meant autoimmune diseases, the basic immune abnormalities are 180 degree opposite between allergy and autoimmunity although both may co-exist.

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Lupus and scleroderma are connective tissue diseases but eds is also. What exactly is connective tissue disease? Is lichen sclerosis related

Lupus and scleroderma are connective tissue diseases but eds is also. What exactly is connective tissue disease? Is lichen sclerosis related

SLE and: Scleroderma are autoimmune diseases, eds is a 'flaw' of development of elements in the connective tissue. Part of the connective tissue may be affected by immune cells interactions..

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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

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.

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What's mixed connective tissue disease?

What's mixed connective tissue disease?

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.

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What is mixed connective tissue disease?

What is mixed connective tissue disease?

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.

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Is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Hereditary?

Is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Hereditary?

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.

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What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease?

What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease?

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.).

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What are some symptoms of connective tissue disease?

What are some symptoms of connective tissue disease?

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.

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What are the tests for mixed connective tissue disease?

What are the tests for mixed connective tissue disease?

Not my definition!: Mctd is a non-serious problem for most. The lab definition is usually an rnp antibody without a smith (sm) antibody.

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What are ways to cope with mixed connective tissue disease?

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.

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What medicines work best for mixed connective tissue disease?

What medicines work best for mixed 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.

Tissue (Definition)

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


Connective Tissue (Definition)

There are many types of connective tissue, but in general it is a mass of fibers and thick "goopy" fluids secreted by specialized cells. The body often uses connective tissue to help ...Read more