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Autoimmune disease: Your body's immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body. These diseases tend to run in families. Women — particularly african-american, hispanic-american, and native-american women — have a higher risk for some autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
The immune system is a complex and highly developed system, yet its mission is simple: to seek and kill infectious invaders, and protect us from harmful substances. Immune system disorders occur when the immune system is either under or overactive. When the immune system is defective or underactive, people are susceptible mainly to recurrent infections (immune deficiency diseases). In severe cases, the infections are life-threatening. When the immune system is overactive, the immune system attacks our own organs causing diseases of several kinds: "autoimmune" diseases such as lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis; certain diseases of the thyroid; and certain muscle and nerve diseases, to name just a few. Allergies and asthma also are the result of ...Read more
This could be: This could be a number things. See your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
There are many auto immune diseases out there, how can dr be sure that hypothyroid diagnosis is not one of them instead?
My primary dr refused to order lupus or other immune disease tests. I have severe RA uncontrold 4 more than 9 months on all strong RA meds. Why refuses?
Local Problem: I am sure you understand that not one of us can speak for them or explain their choice. This is a question you have every right to ask of them. But we cannot answer for them. ...Read more
Maternal-fetal cells: Current theories focus on maternal-fetal cell trafficking (either as a fetus or as a mother); cells cross the placenta and lodge in various tissues of the other person, waiting to cause inflammation and "autoimmunity" down the line (possibly triggered by viruses, radiation, stress, genetic predisposition or interplay of the above). ...Read more
Only: ANA positivity and low complement C3 only help confirm a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as lupus. However, no diagnosis is possible by these tests alone without signs and symptoms of a connective tissue disease. Sometimes these laboratory abnormalities run in families especially if someone in the family has a connective tissue disease. ...Read more
Is there anyone reading this that may treat the auto immune diseases ankylosing spondylitis or reiter's?
Most rheumatologists: These problems are generally best treated by rheumatologist, although astute internists, family practioners, may do a good job if trained in the uses of medicine to treat these problems. Most of my practice in rheuamtology are patients with overlap spodyloarthritis! ...Read more
I'm 43yr old ttc. Just diagnosed with an immune disorder what caused it and how are can it be treated?
It depends: I would need more information, as there are many autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Does one kind of doc specialize in treating "immune-complex diseases"? Do I have to bite the bullet and see many specialists due to its complexity?
Rheumatologist : Would be a good place to start, but depending on how many and how severely different organs are affected, I am afraid the answer is yes. ...Read more
What is the most effective treatment for arthritis thus far? And are we any closer to finding a cure for auto immune diseases?
Yes: It depends on the type of arthritis. When I was in medical school in the 1970s, about one person in 150 would have their life ruined by autoimmune arthritis. The immunomodulators produced by biotechnology have greatly improved the outlook for severe disease and have proved surprisingly safe. It's still a rough and frustrating disease but progress continues. Stay proactive -- and good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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