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Doctor insights on: How Is The Immune System Affected By Extreme Radiation

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How is the nervous system physically affected by disease?

How is the nervous system physically affected by disease?

Yes: The central and peripheral nervous system can be infected directly as in meningitis, encephalitis and neuritis. Many nervous system, esp CNS diseases involve excess or deficiencies in various neurotransmitters, e.g. Parkinson's (low dopamine), depression (low serotonin or norepinephrine), psychosis (excess dopamine). Also there are degenerative diseases of the nervous system, e.g. Alzheimer's. ...Read more

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How is my immune system affected by environmental stress?

How is my immune system affected by environmental stress?

Stress: Stress definitely weakens the immune system but it is considered a minor weakening, definitely not to the point of a true immune deficiency. ...Read more

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What happens if the peripheral nerves are targeted in a severe immune response and kill the peripheral nervous system ? Does the body shut down ?

What happens if the peripheral nerves are targeted in a severe immune response and kill the peripheral nervous system ? Does the body shut down ?

Depends on the nerve: What happens depends on the type of nerve affected by the immune response. If sensory nerves are affected there can be loss of sensation; if motor nerves are affected there can be weakness or paralysis. One example of this is guillain barre syndrome. Sometimes the autonomic nervous system is also affected leading to changes in pulse and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can leukemia affect the organs in your body, or is it caused by chemotherapy?

Can leukemia affect the organs in your body, or is it caused by chemotherapy?

In general: Leukemia does not cause organ insult in and of itself. You are correct - chemotherapy can lead to specific organ issues, as could leukemia associated infections. ...Read more

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If the immune system mediated an aggressive attack on the whole peripheral nervous system and killed the entire nerves of the body what are symptoms ?

Death: Although i just answered your question, important to understand that this would involve a rare progressive irreversible anaphylactic allergic reaction, and this really affects numerous organ systems. However, consider that there are chronic immune disorders that attack peripheral nerves (cidp), and nerves in central brain and spinal cord (ms). This is almost never an all or none situation. ...Read more

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In a very aggressive autoimmune response can the immune system attack and kill the whole of the peripheral nervous system and what's this diagnosed as?

See below: There are several different autoimmune diseases that can cause a peripheral neuropathy such as sjogren's and cidp. There are others but without knowing more of your history it is hard to say what it could be. ...Read more

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If the immune system can aggressively attack and kill all peripheral nerves could the human body function with just the central nervous system?

If the immune system can aggressively attack and kill all peripheral nerves could the human body function with just the central nervous system?

No: The central nervous system relates to the brain and spinal cord. To reach the targets (skin, muscles, blood vessels, etc) you need the peripheral nervous system. You would be paralyzed and die without it. ...Read more

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How is the circulatory system affected by tobacco and alcohol?

How is the circulatory system affected by tobacco and alcohol?

Nicotine addiction: Nicotine is a powerful vasoconstrictor. For each cigarette smoked the arteries constrict for about an hour with the result of 50% reduction in blood flow. Nicotine shuts down your circulation. Many with nicotine addiction like its calming effect, which long term leads to ischemic complications like stroke, heart attack, limb loss and sudden death. Hope you can quit. Small amounts red wine okay. ...Read more

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Is hashmotos reversible? Or does the immune system attack other organs after the thyroid can't the immune system be calmed down

Is hashmotos reversible? Or does the immune system attack other organs after the thyroid can't the immune system be calmed down

Hashimoto's: Not generally reversible. Usually progresses to destruction of the thyroid gland so that thyroid hormone replacement is required. Antibodies in Hashimotos are specific to the thyroid, so limited in that sense. There are some who develop other autoimmune diseases but those diseases are generally considered separately. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of inhibiting the cytokine cascade that is initiated by bartonella? Can your immune system still kill the bartonella?

What are the dangers of inhibiting the cytokine cascade that is initiated by bartonella?  Can your immune system still kill the bartonella?

Bartonella: Most people get bartonella infections when they are immunocomprised, so it really depends on the persons individual immune system. The standard is to treat with antibiotics. Do you know what illness is involved? Cat scratch fever? Bartonella can be found in fleas, ticks, biting flies, mosquitoes, lice, mites, and chiggers. ...Read more

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Could the immune system attack nerve cells and kill the nerves throughout the body? Is this rare? Whats this diagnosed as.

Could the immune system attack nerve cells and kill the nerves throughout the body? Is this rare? Whats this diagnosed as.

Nerve cells: Yes, the nervous system can be the target of an inflammatory response by the immune system. If such attack occurs in the brain or spinal cord it is called cerebritis or gliosis and myelitis. Multiple sclerosis is an example of this phenomenon. If the attack occurs in the nerves of te arms or legs then it is called neuropathy. Certain clinical syndromes are recognized depending the progression and distribution. ...Read more

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What bodily system is affected by osteoarthritis?

What bodily system is affected by osteoarthritis?

Musculoskeletal +: Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/basics/definition/con-20014749 for basics on osteoarthritis. Of note, bad OA can also affect your emotional wellbeing if it prevents you from engaging in activities that you enjoy. Furthermore, inactivity from OA could lead to osteoporosis, obesity, thus heart disease, stroke & cancer in long run, although that might be stretch ...Read more

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Does a person with weakened immune system caused by lack of protein in body, have lesser inflammation when experiencing infections?

Does a person with weakened immune system caused by lack of protein in body, have lesser inflammation when experiencing infections?

Unknown: Immune function tends to decrease with significant malnutrition but I am not sure that it will reduce inflammation. On the other hand, one can imagine that inflammation may even get worse as the body starts to mobilize body fat to keep the body running- but then this is only a conjecture. ...Read more

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What system is affected by pertussis?

What system is affected by pertussis?

Respiratory: pertussis. I'd whooping cough. Is basically a respirstory tract system illness with prolonged coughing and sometimes other respiratory issues ...Read more

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Can the immune system aggressively attack and target directly the cell body of neurons and what rare autoimmune disease would this be ?

Can the immune system aggressively attack and target directly the cell body of neurons and what rare autoimmune disease would this be ?

Vague question: I will direct you to consult a neurologist about your symptoms, which you have not explained here. A good reference to research autoimmune neurological illness is wikipedia.Org. While not an exhaustive reference on every topic, it is a valuable primer for most medical topics. Good luck! ...Read more