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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
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