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Doctor insights on: Melatonin And Autoimmune Disease

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Okay to take 600 mcg melatonin at nightly with autoimmune disease?

Okay to take 600 mcg melatonin at nightly with autoimmune disease?

Likely Not: Melatonin can make steroids and immunosuppressants work less effectively. If you are taking a low dose under 1 gram it is likely ok. If you have a flare of autoimmune disease do not take melatonin. Melatonin may make calcium channel blockers less effective (procardia/nifedipine/adalat/verapamil). Ask your rheumatologist if it is ok to take at this time. ...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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Wanted to try melatonin for sleep problems caused by prednisone but bottle says do not use if you have autoimmune disease. Why?

Wanted to try melatonin for sleep problems caused by prednisone but bottle says do not use if you have autoimmune disease. Why?

Immune function: As you know, melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain -- & is most widely known for its effects on the sleep-wake cycle. An intricate physiologic balance regulates production and release of this hormone. It may also enhance immune system responses. It's possible that melatonin could worsen existing autoimmune conditions -- especially in the large doses available in health food stores. ...Read more

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Can you die from autoimmune disease?

Can you die from autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease and death: Death in autoimmune diseases depend on several factors including its severity, target organ, cell, tissue and vital structures involved, duration and stage of disease, underlying comorbid conditions, age of patient and overall health of patient. Many of autoimmune diseases do well with appropriate management. They are chronic diseases and need expert care in the longer run. ...Read more

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What might case autoimmune diseases?

What might case autoimmune diseases?

Confused cells: Immune system, especially, the adaptive part, views body organ systems as foreign invaders and attacks protectively. Our genetic makeup determines organ susceptibility, and environmental stimuli trigger the attack. This could be termed a biological mimicry. Classics include rheumatoid arthritis, ms, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, to name a few. ...Read more

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How rare are autoimmune diseases in the us?

How rare are autoimmune diseases in the us?

Not rare, common!: Autoimmune illness happens when a person's immune system mistakenly targets her/his own cells, tissues, organs. Because of this, at least eighty, and probably many more, diseases are actually considered autoimmune disorders. This makes it one of the most common causes of illness. ...Read more

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What foods are bad for autoimmune diseases?

What foods are bad for autoimmune diseases?

Those ones: Gluten, corn, salt, refined grains, trans fats: once hailed as a healthy alternative to butter, frozen meals, fast food, breakfast cereal, candy, soda and artificial sweetener. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disorders: Autoimmune disorders are conditions in which your body makes antibodies against your own tissues. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hepatitis, anemia, hypothyroidism, and vasculitis. Management of these conditions generally requires the assistance of a specialist--rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Number of the symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Too numerous: There are so many different symptoms based on which body system is affected by the particular autoimmune disease. For example, psoriasis affects the skin but can also affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints but can also affect the lungs. Lupus erythematosus can affect multiple organ systems. The symptoms generally follow the organ systems but non-specific fatigue is common. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Too broad a topic: Auto-immune disorders are a large class of diseases and symptoms depend on the disease and organ system affected. Please check the following site for a start.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/search/search. ...Read more

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What is an autoimmune disease.? How could it be diagnosed.?

What is an autoimmune disease.? How could it be diagnosed.?

Autoimmune diseases: In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues, cells and targeted organs. Diagnosis depends upon which tissue, cell or organ is affected. Diagnosis is made on clinical picture with immunological studies targeted to cell, tissue organ involved and at times biopsy of affected tissues and organ. ...Read more

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Are all autoimmune diseases fatal?

No even close: There are numerous autoimmune diseases that are not fatal. These include psoriasis, hypothyroidism, certain types of hair loss and many others. In fact, relatively few autoimmune diseases have increased risk of death. ...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?

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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What doctors treat autoimmune diseases?

Probably Not: Autoimmune diseases are best treated by rheumatologists in conjunction with one's pcp. ...Read more

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What test can check for autoimmune disease?

It depends: There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. The tests ordered depend on which autoimmune disease you suspect. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases cause leukopenia?

2ways: Autoimmune diseases can suppress bone marrow production of white cells or can cause the destruction of circulating white cells. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease, can I give blood?

I have an autoimmune disease, can I give blood?

Not sure: I do not think that you should donate your blood if you have autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Which type of doctors treats autoimmune diseases?

Depends on disease: That depends on the type of disease. Primary care doctors may be able to treat most of them. Endocrinologists specialize in autoimmune thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes mellitus. Ophthalmologists specialize in autoimmune eye diseases. Immunologists specialize in diseases from low immune system function. Rheumatologists specialize in systemic diseases due to increased immune system function. Etc. ...Read more

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Do autoimmune diseases normally cause inflammation?

Abnormally: The basis of autoimmune disease is inflammation. No inflammation then no autoimmune disease or autoimmune disease that is under control. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases are associated with iritis?

Iritis: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, lyme disease, syphilis, hla-b27 disease, trauma, herpes, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, toxoplasmosis, and many other issues may cause iritis. In many cases, no cause is found. You should be evaluated by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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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

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What are the negative effects of autoimmune diseases?

What are the negative effects of autoimmune diseases?

Too numerous: The effects are too numerous to mention as autoimmune disease can effect any organ system in the body. Some diseases affect only one or two systems whereas other conditions can affect multiple organ systems. Autoimmune means "immunity against the self.". ...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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Can you tell me about paragard and autoimmune diseases?

See below: Paragard is a long lasting copper I.U.D. Generally it is well tolerated in autoimmune diseases. However, some of the drugs used to treat autoimmune diseases increase the prevalence of infections. This is a question that needs to be addressed to the OB-GYN by the doctor prescribing the medications. ...Read more

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Why can't people with autoimmune diseases take melanin?

Wrong word: Melanin is producted by skin cells in response to sun light and is responsible for darkening the skin. Melatonin is a hormone that has been linked in some studies as a possible cause for autoimmune hepatitis (liver disease). Persons who have already developed one autoimmune disease are at higher risk for developing another type of autoimune problem and this may be the origin of this recommendati. ...Read more

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Can you use Paragard if you have an autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Paragard is a copper IUD. The copper produces an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm.There is no reported problem with autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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What is the best climate to live with autoimmune diseases?

Warm, not humid: Because people with autoimmune diseases have a lot of problems with their joints, doctors usually recommend warmer weather and less humid weather for their patients with those problems.
Because symptoms are worse for those patients in cold and humid weather. ...Read more

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Any links between autoimmune diseases and type I diabetes?

Any links between autoimmune diseases and type I diabetes?

Yes: Type 1 diabetes is caused by autoimmunity, leading to death of the beta cells in the pancreas responsible for making insulin. Once these cells are destroyed, the pancreas can longer make insulin, and type 1 diabetes occurs. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have an autoimmune disease?

See details: You see a doctor, have a complete history and exam and have appropriate lab if the exam suggests the possibility of an autoimmune disease. There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about paragard and autoimmune diseases?

See details: I am not sure what you are asking. Iuds such as paragard do not cause autoimmune diseases or make preexisting ones worse. ...Read more

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Is there an autoimmune disease that mimic's meniere's disease?

Yes.: It's possible for autoimmune disease of the inner ear to mimic the symptoms of meniere's. There are various other diseases that can mimic meniere's symptoms too. ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants actually make autoimmune diseases worse?

Sometimes: Anti tnf medications (enbrel, remicade, (infliximab) etc) used to treat rheumatoid arthritis sometimes cause a lupus like syndrome. Prednisone is used to treat inflammatory muscle diseases, but sometimes prolonged treatment causes muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Female 35, can gastroparesis be caused by an autoimmune disease?

Female 35, can gastroparesis be caused by an autoimmune disease?

Yes.: Usually late in scleroderma. People with autoimmune gastritis can have digestive issues (no stomach acid or mucous) that makes digestion more difficult. It is most common in diabetes ii. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more