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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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What is autoimmunity, and what causes an autoimmune disorder?

Confused immunity: Autoimmunity is when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the body. The cause is a anything that can trigger the immune system to attack the self: food allergy, infection, heavy metal, chemical and mold. Find the cause, remove it and the autoimmunity resolves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac11G-Chnmk ...Read more

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What to do if I have cvid, I am wondering what autoimmune disorders can come along with the disease?

See details: The major risks are hematologic and include aplastic anemia and thrombocytopenia (destruction of red blood cells and platelets). There is also an increased risk of lymphoma and possibly other cancers. ...Read more

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What causes the autoimmune disorder called lupus?

What causes the autoimmune disorder called lupus?

Unknown: Genetic, hormonal, immunologic, and environmental factors may play a role but the overall cause of lupus is unknown. The immune system becomes activated and attacks the body itself hence the term autoimmune. ...Read more

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What autoimmune disorder has celiacs, gastroparesis, hypothyroidism?

What autoimmune disorder has celiacs, gastroparesis, hypothyroidism?

connective tissue : Connective tissue disease: test for sjogren's (blood & sialogram) autoimmune thyroid,

explore with your doctor : omeoprazole & Erythromycin & domperidone. Botox injections into pylorus muscle for stomach pain and nausea.
Avoid raw veggies, grind food up when things are very bad.
There does not need to be one primary autoimmune disorder. ...Read more

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What is the autoimmune disorder pemphigus vulgaris?

What is the autoimmune disorder pemphigus vulgaris?

Pemphigus: Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune disorder that involves blistering and sores (erosions) of the skin and mucus membranes.The immune system produces antibodies against specific proteins in the skin and mucus membranes. These antibodies break the bonds between skin cells. This leads to the formation of a blister. The exact cause is unknown. Sometimes pemphigus is caused by certain medications, . ...Read more

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Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

ANA testing: ANA is a screening test for autoimmune disease, (generally present in 80-90% of cases). A higher titer over 1:160 is more significant. There are more definite testing for lupus such as anti-smith antibody and anti ds dna antbody. There are many more other specific testing for other specific autoimmune disorders. Syphilis and lyme disease can give false positive ANA test as well. See your md. ...Read more

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What are possible autoimmune disorders/diseases that can cause or make major depression worse if psychological and medical reasons are ruled out?

What are possible autoimmune disorders/diseases that can cause or make major depression worse if psychological and medical reasons are ruled out?

Autoimmune=medical: When you say psychological and medical reasons are "ruled out, " you are eliminating all disorders and diseases (including autoimmune ones) from consideration. If i may put some back in, systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis come to mind as worsening depression. In fact a flare of sle may be heralded by an exacerbation of depression. Steroid treatments of these can be depressogenic as well. ...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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Ive been diagnosed with autoimmune disorder in my right eye with melting. What are the causes of autoimmune disorder and melting? And what is melting?

Nonspecific: You need to discuss this issue with your ophthalmologist or rheumatologist. Melting is not a medical term and as such means nothing to us. ...Read more

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How can I have an autoimmune disorder?

See details: I assume you are asking about the cause of autoimmunity. Often it is related to a loss of T cell inhibition. My advice is to Google the question and read for yourself. The answer is too long to explain in the space allowed on this site. ...Read more

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Can a major illness trigger an autoimmune disorder?

Possible: But hard to prove even though we know that stress can exacerbate an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Autoimmune disorder and recurrent miscarriagesis there a link ?

Autoimmune disorder and recurrent miscarriagesis there a link ?

Pregnancy and lupus : Autoimmune diseases that have a higher incidence of miscarriage include lupus and anti phospholipid syndrome . Sometimes they can be present together ...Read more

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Can having an autoimmune disorder make a person more susceptible to developing another autoimmune disorder?

Can having an autoimmune disorder make a person more susceptible to developing another autoimmune disorder?

Yes: A manifestation of excess immune stimulation leads to inflammation of your tissues- myelin in ms, joints in ra, skin in psoriasis...
Your immune stress can be environment edible, infectious...
Plus other stressors contribute- poor diet, lack of sleep...
Genetics play roll
therefore the same metabolic problems can manifest in various ways & a new disease develops & is diagnosed
mdwellnessmd.Com. ...Read more

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Will having an autoimmune disorder make a person more susceptible to developing another autoimmune disorder?

Sometimes: There are certain situations where one specific autoimmune disease is more likely to occur if the individual has another certain autoimmune disease, for instance, lupus and autoimmune thyroid disease. However, most are not connected. ...Read more

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I want to know about autoimmune disorders?

Autoimmune: There is no way one can learn about autoimmune disorders without spending some time learning about a normal immune system. Find a basic book on the immune system, read it, and then delve into immunity disorders where there is failure of the system to recognize tissues as "self". That is what autoimmune disorders are all about ...Read more

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What type of disease is polymyositis? Autoimmune?

Yes it is autoimmune: Autoimmune it is. Drugs to treat it affect the immune system, and dampen an inappropriate immune response to your muscle. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis considered an autoimmune disorder?

Is endometriosis considered an autoimmune disorder?

No: It just isn't. I've noticed on healthtap that several visitors have this idea and i'm wondering where it came from. It a curious growth of endometrium in abnormal places; nothing i've seen in the decades that i've been acquainted with this common and troublesome illness suggests immunity is a factor. ...Read more

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Which autoimmune disorder affects the nervous system?

Variety: One classic is Multiple Sclerosis, another neuromyelitis optica, but brain can be affected secondarily, due to effects of pernicious anemia, lupus, rheumatological disorders, etc. ...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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Is there any particular "look" to people with autoimmune disorders?

No: I would caution everyone against these superstitious ideas. They serve no purpose, and even if there were some basis (for example, someone with advanced cancer "looks malignant" because of cachexia), the impression is less sensitive and less specific than a scientific exam. Life's difficult enough without well-intentioned lay people frightening folks for no reason. ...Read more

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What tests can be done to prove someone has autoimmune addison's disease?

What tests can be done to prove someone has autoimmune addison's disease?

ACTH stim: The acth stimulation test is still great. Your physician may be able to assay for antibodies against the adrenal cortex though the test isn't 100%. If you has proven hashiomto's this much increases the likelihood. The real question is do you need to be treated for adrenal insufficiency. Missing this is very serious. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why isn't fibromyalgia classified as an autoimmune disorder but mimics one?

Test results: To classify a condition as being immunologically- mediated, lab evidence is usually required. Even if fibromyalgia were from an autoimmune disorder, we cannot classify it as such until such evidence emerges. ...Read more

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For those with autoimmune disorders-how long did it take to get your diagnoses?

For those with autoimmune disorders-how long did it take to get your diagnoses?

Weeks to years: When diseases present explosively with all signs and symptoms as I have seen in some cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the diagnosis may be made in weeks to months. Other times, the disease may evolve slowly (as in scleroderma) and diagnosis may take years. ...Read more

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What test should I get done to confirm that gastritis is caused by autoimmune disorder?

Most are not: Gastritis is not often, if at all, caused by an autoimmune disorder. Although you have already received H pylori infection, you need to make sure that the treatment indeed worked. ...Read more