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Medicine For Autoimmune Diseases Of The Nervous System
In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more
There can be : Cognitive dysfunction (not thinking clearly, memory deficits)
Altered mental alertness (e.g. stupor or coma)
Aseptic meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain)
Stroke (disturbance of the blood supply to different parts of the brain)
Peripheral neuropathy (e.g. numbness, tingling, burning of the hands and feet)
Myelitis (disruption) ...Read more
I have an autoimmune disease that has to do with the thymus gland and nervous system. What foods will help with this?
Yes.: All medical options for autoimmune disorders are essentially immune modulators or suppressants. ...Read more
Autoimmune and GI: Your question is too general to answer on HealthTap. For example, autoimmune diseases such as lupus can have many manifestations related to the small and large bowel Some diseases like scleroderma can have significant problems in the digestive system with reflux being a prominent problem. RA too can have digestive issues. So, perhaps refine your question to a specific condition. Best wishes. ...Read more
Generally yes.: Autoimmune disorders deregulate the immune system and may even compromise it. The medications used to manage these disorders suppress the immune system predictably. ...Read more
Yes: They represent any abnormal immune response and often therefore will suppress the normal immune response. ...Read more
May or may not: Some autoimmune disease can lymph node enlargement. The lymphatic system has within it many of the immune reactive cells like lymphocytes and macrophages. These cells interact and are involved in the immune response. There are many other substances within the lymphatic system that also involved in the lymphatic system. The inflmmation that occurs can cause the lymph nodes can increase ...Read more
Multiple ways: Autoimmune diseases can cause inflammation in the lung which can behave like infection and appear the same on xray. Shortness of the breath can occur. Coughing up blood is possible. Inflammation of the lining of the lungs called the pleura can cause pain with breathing or deep breaths. Fluid can occur between the lining of the lung and the lung itself can also cause pain and shortness of breath ...Read more
Can the immune system aggressively attack and target directly the cell body of neurons and what rare autoimmune disease would this be?
Vague question: I will direct you to consult a neurologist about your symptoms, which you have not explained here. A good reference to research autoimmune neurological illness is wikipedia. Org. While not an exhaustive reference on every topic, it is a valuable primer for most medical topics. Good luck! ...Read more
How can I suppress my immune system given my autoimmune disease? Should I request immunosuppressant medications? Are there any other options?
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
Ebv positive triggered autoimmune disease I could feel excruciating pain my immune system attacking my nerves directly?
Can certain cells of the immune system attack without causing auto antibodies but still cause an autoimmune disease and what cells can do this?
Yes!: Natural killer cells and t cells are just 2 examples of "cell mediated immunity", that do not require antibodies for activation, but usually cytokines and other mediators stimulate ; magnify the immune response. The target organs effected often provide clues as to which processes may be activated and can often leave diagnostic trails that can be tested. Consult a specialist for the organ involved. ...Read more
What is the most unsual rare and disabling autoimmune disease and as a neurologist you were even surprised the immune system can be so powerfull?
Autoimmune: There are several autoimmune neuropathies that can be very disabling, in particular guillain barre syndrome, due of its fast progression, can be very dramatic. Paraneoplastic encephalopathies and some aggresive necrotizing myositis can also be very disabling and difficult to treat. ...Read more
In an autoimmune disease the immune system is over active, right? So why do I get sick alot? Does it get "distracted" and not do it's job efficiently?
Yes and no: In autoimmune disease, the immune system is overactive against your own tissue and the resultant disease will depend on the organ being attacked. As for why, it is most likely due to losing immune regulation thus the self attack. Part of this is likely hereditary and parts may be from other factors including possibly vitamin d3 deficiency. However there is no definitive answer yet ...Read more
Are allergies/asthma related to autoimmune disease! Since both are a an over reaction of the immune system?
No: It makes an interesting hypothesis but there is no evidence to prove it. People with autoimmune disorders can develop lung disease that are often misdiagnosed as asthma. Check this out: http://www. Dailymail. Co.Uk/news/article-2032695/venus-williams-speaks-sjogrens-syndrome-forced-us-open. Html venus williams was diagnosed with "asthma" previously that turned out to be something else. ...Read more
What's the best way to boost your immune system to fight off a cold, allergy, or flu if you have an autoimmune disease?
In autoimmune disease of the CNS how do doctors tell if the immune system is still actively attacking is it just blood work?
How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?
Great thought question. However, it isn't all about the immune system - we recently are beginning to understand the role of the community of micro- organisms in the gut (the microbiome).
By altering the natural composition and exposure to certain foods early in life, our immune system over-reacts to certain proteins and microbes that would otherwise be harmless. ...Read more
I have autoimmune disease and allergies when my allergies act up it seems the psa does also is that because my immune system is over reacting to the allergon
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