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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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My WBC is low (2.7) & has been dropping. I'm being screened for lupus. Why would WBC be low with auto-immune? I have fibromyalgia and Reynauds.

My WBC is low (2.7) & has been dropping.  I'm being screened for lupus.  Why would WBC be low with auto-immune?  I have fibromyalgia and Reynauds.

Auto-antibody: Auto-antibodies in SLE can react with blood cells an cause leukopenia and also anemia and low platelet counts. Please consult this site for more info on this topic: http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/how-does-lupus-affect-my-white-blood-cells ...Read more

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Has you ever heard of crmo, its an auto immune disease?

Has you ever heard of crmo, its an auto immune disease?

Many bone lesions: CRMO, chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis, affects many areas of skeleton (usually > 2) with subacute infection withs lytic. mixed, and sclerotic lesions without detection of causative organism. It usually affects young, 5 to 15 years of age. Can have typical lesions of jaw and clavicle. Lesions can occur in spine or appendicular skeleton, symmetric or asymetric. NSAIDs or biologics Rx. ...Read more

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Can you get two auto immune diseases at once?

Can you get two auto immune diseases at once?

Possible, Not common: One can always have two diseases at the same time, but typically physicians look for one disease with the combination of symptoms patients present with. There can be "overlap" between the symptoms of various auto-immune diseases, so its best to see a well trained rheumatologist to help with your diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the 10 most common auto immune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases : there are probably more than 100 different autoimmune conditions, some of them more common than others and they may be grouped according to which organ autoantibodies attack, for example: blood vessels, endocrine, red blood cells, muscles, joints, skin, etc. The topic is too broad for this post. ...Read more

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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

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Can you have an auto immune disease with no symptoms?

Yes: Many diseases do not show any symptoms until the very late stage. For example, one does not have a heart attack because the coronary artery suddenly jam up one day. The same is true with chronic smoking, the lung is being damaged but symptoms may not show some years later. This is the same with autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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How long does a neonatal auto-immune disease last for?

How long does a neonatal auto-immune disease last for?

Depends: There are many different types of "neonatal autoimmune diseases" each with theire own time frames. Usually when someone is discussing neonatal autoimmune diseases they are talking about maternal antibodies that have passed through the placenta and are directed against antigens in the fetus and/or newborn child. ...Read more

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Anybody know anything about auto immune diseases causes?

Anybody know anything about auto immune diseases causes?

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

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I'm diabetic, can I get another auto immune disease too?

Autoimmune diseases: If your diabetes is the autoimmune type and not due to obesity or Insulin resistance, it is true that those individuals are more likely to have other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Can auto immune disease get passed down through children?

Can auto immune disease get passed down through children?

Can be: Certainly autoimmune conditions may be inheritable, altho we do not always understand the mechanism of how this process works.Ask your doctor about specific disease conditions for more info. ...Read more

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How does an auto-immune disorder lead to addison's disease?

How does an auto-immune disorder lead to addison's disease?

Adrenal Fatigue: Autoimmune disease is a manifestation of abnormal immune stimulation. This excess immune respone causes your adrenal glands to increase secretion of stress hormone - cortisol. Early on in disease your cortisol levels may be elevated- however over time your adrenals "tire out" and eventually can't produce enough cortisol. When cortisol is too low, you will show the signs and symptoms of addisons. ...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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Is hemorraghing capillaries into the cuticles a sign of an auto immune disease?

Is hemorraghing capillaries into the cuticles a sign of an auto immune disease?

Nailfold capillaries: Hemorrhage into the cuticle can happen from a number of causes including trauma. Nailfold capillaries can be increased in number and show a characteristic pattern of hairpins and loops in patients with connective tissue diseases. There is a great picture of loop capillaries in the nailfolds on the website of the american college of rheumatology http://images.Rheumatology.Org/viewphoto.Php?Album. ...Read more

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When somebody has auto immune disease, does it get passed down through children?

When somebody has auto immune disease, does it get passed down through children?

Not exactly: Having a parent with an autoimmune disorder increases your chance of having some type of autoimmune disease. Some can be tracked with genetic markers to check likelihood of disease presentation but many cannot. There is often some type of environmental trigger that will start the process but not always easy to pinpoint. ...Read more

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Can a person pass on an auto immune disease to a fetus without having it active in their system?

Yes and no: Having a family history of an autoimmune disorder (a parent or sibling with an autoimmune disease) increases a person's risk of developing one too, although it may be a different autoimmune disease. Most autoimmune diseases do not develop until later childhood or adulthood however. So it would be very unusual for a fetus to have an autoimmune disease, even if the mother's disease is active. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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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