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If an autoimmune disease is causing hand issues will the same fingers on each hand be affected? Or just both hands?

If an autoimmune disease is causing hand issues will the same fingers on each hand be affected? Or just both hands?

See below: To the first question--not necessarily. To the second question---it depends on the type of autoimmune disease as seronegative spondyloarthritis can be asymmetric. ...Read more

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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 white ...Read more


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How do I find out if I have an autoimmune disease like my family?

How do I find out if I have an autoimmune disease like my family?

Symptoms?: Do you have any symptoms? There is no preventive treatment for a person with genetic susceptibility to autoimmune disease, so if you do not have any symptoms, do not worry. You may wish to discuss your family history with your doctor at the next visit. ...Read more

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How do I live happy& healthy with autoimmune disease & fibromyalgia- i want to run, exercise, hike, & feel great like I use too just 1 year ago?

How do I live happy& healthy with autoimmune disease & fibromyalgia- i want to run, exercise, hike, & feel great like I use too just 1 year ago?

Get support: Lower stress by having a counselor help you set priorities and boundaries with family and friends. You have limited energy, so use it wisely! even if you feel lousy, try to get dressed in your running outfit and at least go outside and sit under a tree. You may feel like taking a few steps, maybe not. Don't beat yourself up for not being like a year ago. You will likely improve with time! ...Read more

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Can you test for autoimmune disease like lupus without a baseline to compare it to? Kind regards... Victoria

Yes: The diagnosis of lupus depends on the positivity of certain lab tests and the satisfaction of specific diagnostic criteria. ...Read more

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How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

Not caught: People with a predisposition to an autoimmune disease might develop one following an acute infectious process, however, they are not thought to be directly caught as in the case of a virus. Autoimmune disease is due to an underlying defect in immune regulation that varies by condition. ...Read more

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How common are most autoimmune diseases?

Less than 1%: About 3% of americans, for example, have an autoimmune disease. Common ones include thyroid problems, type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitiligo. Most affect 1% of people or less. Autoimmune diseases are 3x more common in women and in people with a family history. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can autoimmune disease mean?

Complicated: The immune system is that part of the body defenses that fight off outside disease like infections. Auto immune disease denotes a situation where the body "turns against itself" by making antibodies against part or parts of your own body? The ultimate autoimmune disease is lupus but many others exist affecting the thyroid or many other organ systems. ...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