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Which autoimmune diseases affect the nervous system?

Which autoimmune diseases affect the nervous system?

Many: There are numerous autoimmune disease which can involve the nervous system. My advice is to google the subject and read for yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

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


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How do autoimmune diseases impact the nervous system?

Inflammation: There can be : Cognitive dysfunction (not thinking clearly, memory deficits)
Headaches
Seizure
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)
Movement disorders
Myelitis (disruption) ...Read more

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Are the drugs you take for autoimmune diseases suppressing the immune system?

Yes.: All medical options for autoimmune disorders are essentially immune modulators or suppressants. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the digestive system?

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

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the cardiovascular system?

Inflammation: inflammation of the vessel can cause narrowing and limit the blood flow getting through them. This can lead to problems with poor circulation. ...Read more

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Do autoimmune diseases suppress your immune system?

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

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Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Yes: They represent any abnormal immune response and often therefore will suppress the normal immune response. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the lymphatic system?

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

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the respiratory system?

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

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Can you build up your immune system, make it stronger with an autoimmune disease such as sjogrens?

No: An autoimmune disease is actually from losing control of the immune system allowing the body to attack your own tissue. This does not improve your immune system since autoimmune disease is more like a rogue police force. ...Read more

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Can the immune system aggressively attack and target directly the cell body of neurons and what rare autoimmune disease would this be?

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

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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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Ebv positive triggered autoimmune disease I could feel excruciating pain my immune system attacking my nerves directly?

Ebv positive triggered autoimmune disease I could feel excruciating pain my immune system attacking my nerves directly?

Sleep/nutrition: I would recommend plenty of sleep and to see a nutritionist to help your nutrition to aid your body's recovery. Mds only get a day of training in nutrition and you need someone trained who can suggest supplements based on your blood studies. ...Read more

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Can certain cells of the immune system attack without causing auto antibodies but still cause an autoimmune disease and what cells can do this?

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

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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?

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

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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

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Are allergies/asthma related to autoimmune disease! Since both are a an over reaction of the immune system?

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

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What's the best way to boost your immune system to fight off a cold, allergy, or flu if you have an autoimmune disease?

What's the best way to boost your immune system to fight off a cold, allergy, or flu if you have an autoimmune disease?

Allergy: It is presumed, though not very well proven, that having sufficient body stores of vitamins c/e, zinc, and b vitamins to fight off illnesses. The best way is to get good sleep and eat plenty of healthy calories during sickness. ...Read more

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How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

The Microbiome...: 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

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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

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

Psoriatic Arthritis: It could be what we call an adjuvant effect. The allergy immune response could stimulate the psa to activate it. I have seen arthritis flares with infections which also can stimulate inflammatory activity. ...Read more

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Do drug addicts get more autoimmune diseases?

Do drug addicts get more autoimmune diseases?

Yes: A very interesting question. Anything that affects the immune system increases risk. For example Cocaine abusers run a higher risk of vasculitis. ...Read more

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Are there drugs to treat autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Yes. There are many medications to treat autoimmune diseases, depending on the specific disease. ...Read more

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