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Is fibromyalgia an auto immune disease?

Is fibromyalgia an auto immune disease?

No: No fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome and not a disease. This means it is a collection of symptoms. The hallmark of fibromyalgia is chronic widespread pain. It is felt to be the result of overactive nerves. There appears to be abnormal processing of pain in the central nervous system. (the brain and the spinal cord). ...Read more

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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


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Is dermatomyositis an auto-immune disease?

Is dermatomyositis an auto-immune disease?

Yes: It is an inflammatory myopathy, a disease in which the immune system launches an attack on the body's muscles. The primary symptom is weakness, not pain. In dermatomyositis, the immune system also causes various skin rashes. ...Read more

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Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Yes: Here is an excellent summary http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001467/.

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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read more

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Is dermatomyositis an autoimmune disease?

Is dermatomyositis an autoimmune disease?

Dermatomyositis: Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease that affects skin and muscles. Anti body associated with this is anti-jo a/b . Dermatomyositis follows a viral illness or as autoimmune entity . In few patients it is present with cancer. It also affects lungs, heart and esophagus . It also overlaps at times with lupus. Scleroderma and sjogren's . Diagnosis by muscle /skin biopsy. ...Read more

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Is kawasaki disease one of an auto immune disease?

Is kawasaki disease one of an auto immune disease?

No it is not: Kawasaki is an fever involving illness of childhood which leads to inflammation of medium-sized vessels in the body, most notably those contained within the heart. The cause of this illness is unknown but many believe that it is viral-mediated. ...Read more

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Is RA really an autoimmune disease?

Is RA really an autoimmune disease?

RA : Ra is an autoimmune disease . It is a systemic autoimmune disease as it affects joints and other systems . The target cells are cells in synovium (lining of joints) , pleura (lining or covering of lungs , pericardium ( lining or covering of heart) and sclera of eyes . The antibodies are to igg fc ( rheumatoid factor) and to citrullinated peptides ( anti ccp ) . Both t and b cells are involved. ...Read more

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Why is celiac disease considered an autoimmune disease? Does it affect the immune system?

Why is celiac disease considered an autoimmune disease? Does it affect the immune system?

Terminology: If the body develops antibodies to human tissue of any type,it is labeled auto immune.In celiac disease and lesser forms of gluten sensitivity, the body has developed antibodies to tissue transglutaminases.These can cause injury to the absorptive surfaces of the small intestines and impair absorption of nutrients.Nutritional deficits can weaken the body but are not specific to the immune system ...Read more

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Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

PMR : Pmr is an inflammatory disorder that affects proximal muscles of shoulder joint and hip joint due to unknown causes. There is inflammation with elevated ESR and crp. There is mild anemia and effusion of tendons around shoulders on us. Temporal arteritis(ta) is seen in 15% of pmr patients. Pmr occurs in 50% of ta patients. It occurs in genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors. ...Read more

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Is HIV an autoimmune disease?

HIV: This is a viral infection which destroys T4 lymphocytes and by doing so destroys the body's immunity. It is not an autoimmune disease, but rather an infection. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Psoriasis : Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. One 's own immune system mistakes the skin as not self and attacks the skin by producing excess cytokines . In response body produces excess skin cells which pile up as red white scaly patches or plaques on top layer of skin called epidermis . There are 5 types of skin lesions called plaques , pustular, guttate, inverse and erythrodermic ...Read more

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Is hidradenitis an autoimmune disease?

Hidradeniis: Hidradenitis is not an autoimmune disease. It is somewhat like a bad case of cystic acne that occurs in the axilla and groin. It is treated with warm compresses and antibiotic therapy. Sometimes surgical intervention is required. ...Read more

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Is it true that anti-inflammatories suppress antibodies for autoimmune diseases or Lyme disease?

Is it true that anti-inflammatories suppress antibodies for autoimmune diseases or Lyme disease?

Not usually : The most common anti-inflammatories are nsaids and these are not considered immunosuppressive's. Corticosteroids may have somewhat of an immunosuppressive effect. And biologics which are used for autoimmune disease but not lyme disease can be immunosuppressive ad well as anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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Is Endometriosis considered an auto-immune disease/problem?

Is Endometriosis considered an auto-immune disease/problem?

Causes of: By Mayo Clinic Staff Although the exact cause of endometriosis is not certain, several possible explanations include: Retrograde menstruation. This is the most likely explanation for endometriosis. In retrograde menstruation, menstrual blood containing endometrial cells......http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endometriosis/basics/causes/con-20013968 ...Read more

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How are an immune disorder and an autoimmune disease different?

How are an immune disorder and an autoimmune disease different?

Immunity: Autoimmunity is when your own immune system decides to attack itself whereas an immune disorder is a defect or failure of your own immune system to either produce or protect from infectious invaders. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more