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How should I manage my life now that I have an autoimmune disease?

How should I manage my life now that I have an autoimmune disease?

Live healthy!: Practice common sense: get enough rest, eat healthy foods in moderation, cut stressors, and exercise as you are able. These will help your immune system. You may need to carve out time and money for these things, which may take away from other goals, but it will be worth it. Follow doctors' orders for follow up exams, tests and vaccines to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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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 white ...Read more


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How can I manage my life now? I have an autoimmune disease?

How can I manage my life now? I have an autoimmune disease?

Need more informatio: You need to say what autoimmune disease you have and if it is treated. Some do very well and meds work well. ...Read more

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I have a immun disease known as itp . Right now I have it over 15 years and i really want to know if myn disease ever can been cured? (completely)

I have a immun disease known as itp . Right now I have it over 15 years  and i really want to know if myn disease ever can been cured? (completely)

Yes it can be cured: Itp is a well known disease which has many treatments for controlling it. You need to tell us more about your past treatments. Then we can answer your question better. ...Read more

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I have inflammatory bowel disease and my doctor says that I should have surgery. Can I try longer at managing my disease?

I have inflammatory bowel disease and my doctor says that I should have surgery. Can I try longer at managing my disease?

Maybe: It depends on why you have been told to have surgery. Reasons for surgery may be failure of medical therapy, persistent blood loss anemia, intestinal blockage, intestinal fistulas, or concerning changes for cancerous or pre-cancerous changes. Tell your doctors and surgeon that you would want to continue medical therapy, as ask them if that is a safe choice for you. ...Read more

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I have Cfs m e why is it doctors insult me and don't recognise even when I have been diagnosed and it completely ruined my life this disease is real ?

I have Cfs m e why is it doctors insult me and don't recognise even when I have been diagnosed and it completely ruined my life this disease is real ?

Tough issue: Since there is no definitive treatment for CFS, your doctor is likely frustrated as well although he shouldn't have insulted you. Perhaps another doctor may better in handling your care. ...Read more

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I do not have the disease of diabetes but my father had. What should I do to prevent this disease to have?

I do not have the disease of diabetes but my father had.  What should I do to prevent this disease to have?

Eat properly: Would eat properly , exercise and maintain proper weight. Avoid all excess calories and carbs. Would see your doctor and get baseline tests to see where your sugar level is. ...Read more

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I had parkinson disease for 12 years now. With my daily medication no one will know I have this ailment. Wouldn't my age 62 cause it to be worse?

I had parkinson disease for 12 years now. With my daily medication no one will know I have this ailment. Wouldn't my age 62 cause it to be worse?

Not necessarily: Congratulations on having a medication regimen that keeps the disease in check. Parkinson diseae affects different people differently; be happy you have control right now! ...Read more

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Hi, I have an ankylosing spondylitis. I am a little worried about my body conditions. Do you have some treatment or therapeutic schedule to cure ?

Hi, I have an ankylosing spondylitis. I am a little worried about my body conditions. Do you have some treatment or therapeutic  schedule  to cure ?

There is no cure: But medical treatments are available to help you with your condition. You should find a rhuematologist in your area to discuss your options. ...Read more

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I have recently been daignosed with vasculitis. Lumps occur on my body any time. I want to know about the disease and its cure. Can it be cured?

I have recently been daignosed with vasculitis. Lumps occur on my body any time. I want to know about the disease and its cure. Can it be cured?

Possible PAN: You need to speak with the doctor treating you. Have you seen a rheumatologist? It may be what is classically called pan. It can be controlled but not cured. ...Read more

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What to do if I have MS and I notice lupus has a lot of similarities. I was just curious which disease is worse to have?

What to do if I have MS and I notice lupus has a lot of similarities. I was just curious which disease is worse to have?

Different disorders: Lupus can mimic MS, and rarely may co-exist. Severity of both can vary extensively. Cannot really compare one to another, but if you have MS only, best to use a potent medication such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have to suffer every day of my life. Do I have the right to physician assisted suicide because it is incurable?

What should I do if I have to suffer every day of my life. Do I have the right to physician assisted suicide because it is incurable?

I am sorry that you: Are suffering. This is an ethical and medical question. My personal belief is that you are not entitled to have a physician assist you in taking your life. Why? Because it would be considered a violation of the principal of "first do not harm" which is a basic tenant in medicine. There may be some physicians who believe that relieving you from pain was a higher issue than taking of life. ...Read more

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I will be a uncle soon.. I have been asked to attend the birth of my sister-in-law's baby. I have severe anxiety over this. What do I do?

I will be a uncle soon.. I have been asked to attend the birth of my sister-in-law's baby. I have severe anxiety over this. What do I do?

Being considerate: Sounds like an intimate family event which ought to also mean that members can talk freely about how they're feeling. Something is a bit "off" if this is not true - you might know this. If there's authentic closeness, you'll be able to express yourself and find a comfortable distance that may allow others to hang back too. As with cold germs, you don't want to spread anxiety - you're considerate. ...Read more

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I need help I am battling depression and it is getting worse. Whats a good medication? I have been dealing with this for about two years now. Depression runs in my family and watching my mother and father both battle with it , i never wanted it to happen

I need help I am battling depression and it is getting worse. Whats a good medication? I have been dealing with this for about two years now. Depression runs in my family and watching my mother and father both battle with it , i never wanted it to happen

Depends: Depression can have different causes, including hypothyroidism. Methylation problems can also contribute, such as an MTHFR mutation. Test to find out what the cause is. Get genetic testing through 23andme if you have not already done do. If you have MTHFR, I have information on what to do here: Http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2013/10/mthfr.html ...Read more

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I have RA & MCTD and want to get a tattoo. I have not started my immunosuppressants yet and won't for 2 weeks. Is this safe to do now?

I have RA & MCTD and want to get a tattoo. I have not started my immunosuppressants yet and won't for 2 weeks. Is this safe to do now?

Probably but: Although an uncomplicated tattoo would be affect your immunosuppressive treatment. But if it gets infected for any reason , you may have to postpone the treatment until this problem can be resolved. So why the hurry in getting your tattoo? Incidentally, immunosuppression may also slow down your wound-healing from the tattoo. If you must get it, allow at l3ast 6 weeks for wound healing. ...Read more

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I am 20 living with anxiety and depression. I still have acne but my siblings don't do I doubt if it genes. Is my condition affecting me.What can I do?

I am 20 living with anxiety and depression. I still have acne but my siblings don't do I doubt if it genes. Is my condition affecting me.What can I do?

Acne: Acne can be a very concerning problem. If you are depressed, you should seek medical treatment for your depression. You can also seek out treatment for your acne. This "two" pronged approach will hopefully help you going forward. ...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