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Doctor insights on: Taking Vicodin For Autoimmune Disorders

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My husband takes 5 vicodin a day for body pain due to an autoimmune disease should I be worried?

My husband takes 5 vicodin a day for body pain due to an autoimmune disease should I be worried?

Vicodin: I assume he has chronic pain. Taking a short acting pain medication opioid for chronic pain is a bad idea. He should be placed on a baseline line long acting agent and then perhaps 2-3 short acting medications for any exacerbation of the pain if needed. ...Read more

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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


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Why are autoimmune disorders are considered so dangerous?

They destroy tissues: Autoimmune disorders arise from an overactive immune system in which the body attacks its own tissues. The different types & the amount of destruction that occurs depends on the kinds of tissues targeted. Some affect a single organ (as in thyroiditis) while others involve multiple areas (such as lupus). If not diagnosed & treated, these disorders progressively worsen health & may hasten death. ...Read more

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How are allergies related to autoimmune disorders?

How are allergies related to autoimmune disorders?

Allergies: Allergy is a form of an immune disorder. It is not an autoimmune disorder. . It is a form of hypersensitivity to common harmless allergens. It is mediated by ige which upon exposure to allergen activates basophils and mast cells to release inflammatory mediators such as histamine, leucotrienes and certain interleukins . These produce allergy symptoms .Commomn allergies are hives, hay fever asthm. ...Read more

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Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Yes: It depends on the disease, what medications you are on, what your blood count is, and which disease. Check with your local red cross blood donation center. ...Read more

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Hydroxychloroquine used for multiple autoimmune disorders?

Hydroxychloroquine used for multiple autoimmune disorders?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Yes. Hydroxy Chloroquine is used in many autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens , juvenile inflammatory arthritis, crest syndrome . It has also been used in chronic idiopathic urticaria and graft vs host disease. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine treats autoimmune disorders?

What kind of medicine treats autoimmune disorders?

Immunosuppresents: Since autoimmune diseases are a diverse group of diseases which have in common activation of the immune system which leads to different complications (depending upon the disease) the best way to treat is to use medications which suppress the immune system (such as steroids and sometimes chemotherapy). ...Read more

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Do autoimmune disorders kill you?

Some can but it vari: Yes they can. It depends on the type of autoimmune disorder and the extent of activity. Each person with an autoimmune disease has a different type of involvement. It depends on the extent of activity and how well the treatment can control its activity. This something to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Is gluten bad for you? Can it cause autoimmune disorders?

Is gluten bad for you? Can it cause autoimmune disorders?

Well: Not a problem for most people there's a very small amount of people who have celiac Sprue gluten or gluten sensitivity or allergy ...Read more

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Is quinoa and sprouted grains okay for people with autoimmune disorders?

Unknown: Good question. There are no studies to support the benefits or the risks of quinoa and sprouted grains in people with autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Autoimmune Conditions (Definition)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader , and 'fighting" it. This is not ...Read more


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Hydrocodone And Acetaminophen (Definition)

Hydrocodone|acetaminophen is a narcotic combination for pain which is a ...Read more