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Doctor insights on: Reliv And Inflammatory Diseases

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What are some inflammatory diseases of the nervous system?

What are some inflammatory diseases of the nervous system?

Several: A classic is Giant Cell Arteritis, now considered due to Herpes Zoster. Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder. Arteritis and vasculitis associated with lupus in form of lupus cerebritis. Most infections of brain and spinal cord such as encephalitis or meningitis associated with loads of inflammation. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune inflammatory condition, my brother has cmt. Is it unusual to see two uncommon diseases in full siblings or could they be related?

I have an autoimmune inflammatory condition, my brother has cmt. Is it unusual to see two uncommon diseases in full siblings or could they be related?

Unusual, yes.: Cmt, charcot-marie-tooth disease is an inherited disease causing peripheral neuropathy. The affected gene is on chromosome 17. The only identified immune genes on 17 code for cell surface proteins involved in intrinsic immunity. There might be a link if you have an autoinflammatory disorder. Consider discussing with a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

Varied: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma, can cause pericarditis. Kidney failure (uremic pericarditis), tumors, genetic diseases such as familial mediterranean fever, or rarely, medications that suppress the immune system can also be the cause. In a number of cases of pericarditis, the cause is unknown. This is referred to as idiopathic pericarditis. ...Read more

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What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

Autoimmunity.: Genetic predisposition and interaction with pathogens from the environment conspire to cause ibd, which in essence is an autoimmune disorder. Maternal-fetal cell trafficking across the placenta fuels the theory that most if not all autimmune disorders have their origin in fetal (or maternal) stem cells persisting in various organs and stimulating inflammatory response. Stress does not help! ...Read more

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Can you die from inflammatory bowel disease?

Can you die from inflammatory bowel disease?

Yes: But this is not common these days. However if the inflammatory process is not treated it can cause severe malnutriton, weight loss, anemia, and possibly progress to toxic megacolon and perforation which is fatal if not diagnosed and treated promptly. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease generally refers to crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Both may give you diarrhea up to 10-20 movements per day, uc usually with blood mixed in, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of energy and numeropus other associated co morbid conditions. If in doubt see either a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease ?

How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease ?

Medications: Variety of medications that will try to down regulate the inappropriate immune response found in ibd. Mesalamine (ie 5asa) products are a mainstay for uc and crohn's colitis. Other medications include immunosuppresant agents such as 6mp, immuran as well as biologic agents such as remicdae or humira. Steroids such as Prednisone are used in severe flares, but a not a long term option. ...Read more

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What are the tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

Endoscopy w/ biopsy: Clinical history, signs, symptoms, bloodwork and imaging can all be suggestive of ibd; but proper diagnosis is made after endoscopy with histology. ...Read more

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