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Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What skeletal system diseases develop in the immune system?

What skeletal system diseases develop in the immune system?

Can you clarify?: Are you referring to autoimmune types of connective tissue diseases, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis? These conditions are caused by inflammation driven by immune cells. Obviously bone marrow is an active immune organ, involved in both innate and adaptive immune function. Destruction of bone marrow from cancer, or cancer treatment, drastically effects immune responses. ...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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What drugs block the immune response and are used for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis?

What drugs block the immune response and are used for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis?

Immunosuppresants --: are the class of drugs. A rheumatologist would probably provide you specifics if you need that Info.. ...Read more

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Can diabetes compromise my immune system?

Can diabetes compromise my immune system?

Glucose immune syst: When the blood sugar is high, white blood cells do not work as well to fight off infections. When the blood sugar is well controlled, the immune system generally works well in patients with diabetes. In diabetics with other problems (renal failure, neuropathy, poor circulation, etc) then there can be compounding of problems leading to immune compromise. ...Read more

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Can untreated rheumatoid arthritis cause nervous system damage or problems with the nervous system?

Can untreated rheumatoid arthritis cause nervous system damage or problems with the nervous system?

Can occur!: But unlikely! rheumatoid vascultiis can occur, and the blood vessel inflammation can affect nerves. Amyloidosis, is a rare but severe complication and can affect the nervous system. Finally, atlanto-axial subluxation can occur (in cervical spine) and cause paralysis! all are usually late complications of untreated ra! the most common, which can occur any time is carpal tunnel disease! ...Read more

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Can hashimoto disease cause a weakened immune system?

Can hashimoto disease cause a weakened immune system?

Hasimoto's: Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease. Your immune system is "attacking" your thyroid. But the disease is not weakening your immune system, per se. ...Read more

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Can supplements work for auto immune system disorders?

Can supplements work for auto immune system disorders?

With the exception .: Other than zinc, a multivitamin, keeping weight good, avoiding stress, getting adequate sleep, and having good overall nutrition. I do recommend added omega-3 for all my patients with autoimmune disease! ...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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Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

no: But, if someone has hiv, they should see an expert in HIV management and treatment. I suggest looking for someone certified by the aahivm. ...Read more

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Are both rheumatism and lymphoma connected to the immune system?

Are both rheumatism and lymphoma connected to the immune system?

Sort of...: Rheumatism is a general term for aches and pains. I'm wondering if you mean "rheumtoid arthritis", a specific kind of joint problem that is related to autoimmunity--and that's a kind of overactivation of the immune system. Lymphoma is a cancer of a specific type of blood cell--the white blood cells called lymphocytes that are part of the immune system. ...Read more

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Are both rheumatism and lymphoma acquired through the immune system?

Are both rheumatism and lymphoma acquired through the immune system?

Unclear: Some forms of rheumatism (i.e. Rheumatoid arthritis) are disorders of the immune system but others may not be (osteoarthritis). Similarly, lymphomas are more common in patients with immune system disorders (aids, rheumatoid arthritis, lups, etc.) but they are not necessarily "acquired" through the immune system. ...Read more

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Does homeopathy work in treating psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis?

Does homeopathy work in treating psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis?

No, not alone: Both psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis have inflammation, which can be helped by homeopathy, but unlikely controlled enough to avoid the joint damage if things are not controlled. Smoking hurts both. Seek a homeopathic physician to guide you. ...Read more

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Can diabetes compromise the immune system?

Can diabetes compromise the immune system?

Yes: Poorly controlled diabetes can suppress your immune system causing poor wound healing and lesser ability to fight infection. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a weak immune system?

Symptoms of a weak immune system?

Infection & cancer: Your immune system works by recognizing when stuff in your body is different from you. Then it gets rid of that stuff. Such foreign stuff includes pathogens that cause infections like bacteria & viruses & normal cells that mutate into cancerous ones. So signs of a weak immune system are recurrent infection - usually respiratory or gastrointestinal - & decreased surveillance of cancerous changes. ...Read more

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Does Crohn's cause an overactive immune system or does an overactive immune system cause Crohn's? Stay away from foods that boost the immune system?

Does Crohn's cause an overactive immune system or does an overactive immune system cause Crohn's? Stay away from foods that boost the immune system?

Roque immune system: I think one need to think more about a rogue immune reaction thereby causing autoimmune disorder instead of an overactive one. An autoimmune problem happens when the immune system malfunctions and starts attacking one's own tissue thereby leading to illnesses such as Crohn's disease, lupus etc. ...Read more

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Can rheumatoid arthritis affect your lungs?

Can rheumatoid arthritis affect your lungs?

Although rheumatoid arthritis primarily affects joints, it sometimes causes lung disease as well: Occasionally, lung problems surface before the joint inflammation and pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Men in their 50s and 60s who have more active rheumatoid arthritis and a history of smoking are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis-related lung disease. The lung problems most often linked to rheumatoid arthritis include: Scarring within the lungs. , Lung nodules. , Pleural disease. . Contact your doctor promptly if you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience any unexplained breathing problems. Sometimes treatment is aimed at the rheumatoid arthritis. In other cases, treatment involves medication to suppress the immune system or a procedure to remove fluid from the lungs. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

See details: JRA is arbitrarily defined as rheumatoid arthritis starting before the age 16 and adult RA as starting at age 16 or later. RA does not cause chronic kidney disease unless there is a secondary amyloidosis and medication toxicity. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more