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How do auto immune diseases work to attack your body?

How do auto immune diseases work to attack your body?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Immune Diseases (Definition)

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


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I was wondering are night sweats a symptom of auto-immune disease?

I was wondering are night sweats a symptom of auto-immune disease?

Sometimes: Some autoinflammatory diseases, like the periodic fever syndromes (eg FMF) involve night sweats. These may be better defined as dysregulated immunity rather than autoimmunity. Infection and malignancy are far more common causes. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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Can swollen lymph nodes and thinning hair be a sign of an auto immune disease?

Can swollen lymph nodes and thinning hair be a sign of an auto immune disease?

This could be: This could be a number things. See your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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There are many auto immune diseases out there, how can dr be sure that hypothyroid diagnosis is not one of them instead?

There are many auto immune diseases out there, how can dr be sure that hypothyroid diagnosis is not one of them instead?

Check antibodies : Check thyroid peroxidase and anti thyro globulin. Up to 40% of thyroid problems can have some degree of autoimmune component. ...Read more

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Can an ANA test or any blood test be used to diagnose auto-immune diseases?

Can an ANA test or any blood test be used to diagnose auto-immune diseases?

Yes: An ANA is a test used to see essentially if the immune system has been activated. However, there are mutiple other tests for autoimmune diseases which are numerous and difficult to explain in this short space. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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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?

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