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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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How do I know if I have an autoimmune disease?

How do I know if I have an autoimmune disease?

Ask your doctor: The autoimmune diseases are a complex group of diseases with many different types of symptoms. If you are concerned your first step should be to ask your doctor. Most of these diseases are diagnosed based on your medical history and physical examination followed by lab to help confirm a clinical suspicion. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have an autoimmune disease?

Discuss with doctor: Your doctor can order some basic screening tests if warranted (if you have symptoms or risk factors of autoimmunity). An immunologist or a rheumatologist can perform a more detailed evaluation and initiate treatment if an autoimmune disease is found. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I have an autoimmune disease like my family?

Symptoms?: Do you have any symptoms? There is no preventive treatment for a person with genetic susceptibility to autoimmune disease, so if you do not have any symptoms, do not worry. You may wish to discuss your family history with your doctor at the next visit. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease, can I give blood?

I have an autoimmune disease, can I give blood?

Not sure: I do not think that you should donate your blood if you have autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have an autoimmune disease?

See details: You see a doctor, have a complete history and exam and have appropriate lab if the exam suggests the possibility of an autoimmune disease. There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease. Can i?Donate blood ?

I have an autoimmune disease. Can i?Donate blood ?

Give blood withCA Hx: Not actually a straight forward answer on this one...Needs to be at least a year since youve been treated, no recurrence, no diagnosis of blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma...Unless you had these as a kid and its been 10 years. Check out the american red cross list of conditions that affect donation...It will be the most helpful. Than get out there and donate! ...Read more

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If I have an autoimmune disease can I still become a mom?

If I have an autoimmune disease can I still become a mom?

Probably: While many women with certain autoimmune disorders either have trouble getting pregnant or have increased risk for complications, women with autoimmune diseases can have successful pregnancies. It will depen (penicillamine) on your exact disease and other factors. Special treatment by a high-risk OB may be needed. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease .. I have heard there are cases of flesh eating disease in FL waters would I be ok as long as I have no cuts ?

I have an autoimmune disease .. I have heard there are cases of flesh eating disease in FL waters would I be ok as long as I have no cuts ?

They are every where: Bad bugs are every where including your area. Most of the time so called flesh eating bacteria not like sharks , attack in neglected wounds only , when wounds are not drained , dead tissue not removed poorly controlled diabetes , poor circulation etc. Maintain good hygiene and enjoy sunny Florida ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

Likely Not: Only if you also have an immunodeficiency on top of the autoimmune disease. It might also depend on the type of autoimmune disease. Speak with your rheumatologist and consider seeing an immunologist. ...Read more

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If I have an autoimmune disease and HPV dose that mean most likely my HPV won't ever clear away on its own ?

Possibly: Possibly that may be the case. We do know patients with lupus have difficulty with hpv and cervical dysplasia. Talk to your gyn as you may need more frequent testing if you have had an abnormal pap smear. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 17yo to have iritis? I'm worried that I have an autoimmune disease as well because the iritis has affected both my eyes.

Is it normal for a 17yo to have iritis? I'm worried that I have an autoimmune disease as well because the iritis has affected both my eyes.

Not normal : You need to see an eye doctor for further evaluation. The bilateral nature of your disease is concerning and needs prompt evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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A positive ANA test 1;320 titer, with a speckled pattern... Does it mean I have an autoimmune disease...

Not necessarily: The ANA is a screening test for lupus but is not specific. It can be positive in numerous other diseases and in normal people. It has to be evaluated in the context of the clinical picture and the results of other autoantibody tests. ...Read more

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If i test false positive for ELISA HIV does it mean I have an autoimmune disease? If I do have one will i be paralyzed or die earlier?

If i test false positive for ELISA HIV does it mean I have an autoimmune disease? If I do have one will i be paralyzed or die earlier?

HIV: There are numerous reasons for "false +" testing. Without a good deal of more info it is difficult to advise you, including why you were being HIV tested if no unprotected sex. Other risk factors? Suggest you see a pcp, have them thoroughly evaluate you and refer you on if necessary. Good luck. ...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