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Can hashimoto's disease cause brain demyelinations ?

Can hashimoto's disease cause brain demyelinations ?

No: No, Hashimoto's does not cause brain demyelinations. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune thyroid dysfunction which will eventually cause hypothyroidism. During initial stage of Hashimoto's, thyroid function may remain normal or transiently elevated with self resolution. But in long term, most patient with Hashimoto's will develop hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement ...Read more

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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older ...Read more


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How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

SLE: Is a systemic disease and is a form of vascullitis, which means that there is inflammation in the blood vessels as a result it is a multi-system disease and can affect any organ in the body. When the brain is affected it can lead to changes in mood, psychosis and even coma. Leukopenia is a recognized feature of SLE at some point in the course of the disease. It can affect the kidneys, joints etc ...Read more

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Ana positive strong family history of lupus. Lupus symptoms. Could it be sarcoidosis instead of lupus.

Ana positive strong family history of lupus. Lupus symptoms. Could it be sarcoidosis instead of lupus.

Maybe: ANA positive diseases are related. Diagnosis is based not just on serologic testing, but also on your clinical symptoms. You should be evaluated by a rheumatologist in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and then receive the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Had stroke heart attack seizures trmors liver damage and now auto immune hypothyroidis this lupus?

Had stroke heart attack seizures trmors liver damage and now auto immune hypothyroidis this lupus?

Not likely 2b SLE: Some of these conditions could be related. None of these necessarily means lupus though. Atrial fibrillation is a common cause of stroke, and stroke is the most common cause of seizures in adults. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read more

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Whats death rate related to systemic lupus erythematosis?

Whats death rate related to systemic lupus erythematosis?

Less now: In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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How does cfs relate to other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, gulf war syndrome, neurally mediated hypotension, Lyme disease, and candida?

How does cfs relate to other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, gulf war syndrome, neurally mediated hypotension, Lyme disease, and candida?

Simply put...: The underlying theme describes a constellation of signs and symptoms that we have absolutely no clear, concise idea how it biologically works, how to effectively treat it, and how to address its neuro-psychiatric effects, unfortunately, it is this ambiguity that is being exploited by some quacks, to spread misinformation about each of the diagnoses mentioned (and it's not exhaustive). ...Read more

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P-Anca positive, negative MPO??? Wegener's vasculitis suspected due to clinical symptoms. 6 yr old with juvenile arthritis.

P-Anca positive, negative MPO??? Wegener's vasculitis suspected due to clinical symptoms. 6 yr old with juvenile arthritis.

Autoimmune: The positive ANCA test supports the diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder but with a negative MPO test (of one the proteins in the neurophils targeted by the disease) the possible diagnoses are many including Wegener's, RA, and others. Further testing including a biopsy may be required. ...Read more

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In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

Yes: The three conditions all share a common underlying mechanism, that of autoimmune inflammation. Each condition manifests this mechanism in a specific organ or gland, namely the salivary gland, skin, kidneys, etc. ...Read more

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What causes the brain fog associated with sjogrens/lupus?

Inflammatory illness: With your history of allergies, plus these inflammatory autoimmune diseases, I'll bet you are sub-clinically hypothyroid, and would benefit from thyroid replacement. For Sjoegren's and Lupus, try Peony glycosides and DHEA, from a health food store. Usually, I start women on 25 mg of DHEA in the AM, but those with Lupus can tolerate higher doses--50- 100 mg. Also, try Afrin nasal spray. ...Read more

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Could hypoglycemic in eldery cause Alzheimer?

Could hypoglycemic in eldery cause Alzheimer?

Hypoglycemia: Yes it certainly can cause Alzheimer's. Your hypoglycemia must be corrected. Please see your primary doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What diseases r associated with lupus anticoagulant. Suffer from debilitating fatigue. ?

What diseases r associated with lupus anticoagulant. Suffer from debilitating fatigue. ?

Miscarriages et al: The "lupus anticoagulant" (LA) may be associated with recurrent miscarriages , blood clots and/or an increased propensity for migraines. LA May occur in people with autoimmune disorders (such as Lupus) or infections (such as HIV) or certain medications (such as certain heart meds) or it may be present by itself. See your MD if you have any of these symptoms/conditions. ...Read more

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Anxiety, depression, weakness, fasciculations, neuropathy sensations, tinnitus along with lupus symptoms. Possible to have CNS lupus with negativeana?

Anxiety, depression, weakness, fasciculations, neuropathy sensations, tinnitus along with lupus symptoms. Possible to have CNS lupus with negativeana?

Complex question : Large differential diagnosis here. See a neurologist and rule out ms and other neurological, tumors, toxic, metabolic, infectious causes .... Labs and imaging studies. ...Read more

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Help.Lupus-like condition.Get flares of severe brain fog, confusion, dizziness -affects my job.Neg neuro work-up.Increasing prednisone during episodes& symptoms resolve.Lupus cerebritis still likely?

Help.Lupus-like condition.Get flares of severe brain fog, confusion, dizziness -affects my job.Neg neuro work-up.Increasing prednisone during episodes& symptoms resolve.Lupus cerebritis still likely?

Rheumatologist: You must be seeing a physician for this condition. Have them consider consultation with a neurologist. While on steroids you are at significantly greater risk for central nervous system and other infections. Cannot advise more without knowing your full medical history. ...Read more

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Can neuromuscular disease cause seizure type symptom attacks?

Can neuromuscular disease cause seizure type symptom attacks?

Which one ? : Duchenne muscular dystrophy certainly can be accompanied by brain malformations, seizures, intellectual disability, adhd, learning disabilities ( if iq is average or above), behavior problems & more. . Some are & some aren't. Since you didn't specify, here's the mda's list with info about each type: http://mda.Org/publications/teachers-guide/neuromuscular-disease-descriptions. ...Read more

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Which percentage of diagnosed lupus cases are sle, systemic lupus erythmatosus?

Lupus: Lupus comes in 4 major types: systemic, discoid (skin only), neonatal, and drug-induced. Some people who have an abnormality in their immune system and fail to make a body defense protein called complement are also at risk for developing lupus. It has been estimated that 1.5 million people in the US have one of these lupus forms. Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop this disease than men. ...Read more

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With acute diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis caused by systemic lupus erythematosus, why would a patient have uremia and hyperkalemia?

With acute diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis caused by systemic lupus erythematosus, why would a patient have uremia and hyperkalemia?

SLE DPGN is bad.: The degree of remaining renal function dictates the inability of the kidney to excrete waste products and manage potassium levels. In any severe kidney disease when egfr approaches 15 ml/min uremia and elevated k+ levels are frequently noted. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that lupus or sjogrens is causing lbs like and autoimmune symptoms ?Chrons has been ruled out. Low pos ANA and sjogrens markers

Unlikely: Though there may be an issue with small bowel bacterial overgrowth (sbbo) in individuals with lupus/sjogrens (conjecture -- no data or studies substantiating this). Sbbo may mediate ibs related symptoms. ...Read more