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What does it mean if I have ataxia?

What does it mean if I have ataxia?

Ataxia: The word ataxia means without coordination. People with ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements. ...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


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What does it mean if you have degenerative disease?

What does it mean if you have degenerative disease?

Your generally ove30: You human and generally over 30 and you have had a MRI you may or may not have symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have urticaria?

What does it mean if I have urticaria?

Hives: Urticaria is simply the medical term for hives. It can be classified as acute (short term) or chronic (greater than ~6 weeks). Acute urticaria could be due to (but not limited) to allergic or infectious in nature. In contrast, chronic daily hives are not typically due to an external allergy. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have behavioral problem?

What does it mean if I have behavioral problem?

General term: 'behavior' is basically what people do; behavioral problems would be things people do that cause problems. The term is general, not just medical-- examples might be getting into fights, arguing, breaking rules, yelling back at parents, doing drugs, driving recklessly... And actions at odds with rules of normal society. Behav probs might suggest psych problems- depression, anxiety, add, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have amenorrhea?

What does it mean if I have amenorrhea?

No periods: If you had periods, and now you don't, you could be pregnant, or you could have a hormone abnormality from the pituitary, or hypothyroidism. Women who exercise excessively sometimes stop having periods, or women with anorexia nervosa who get too thin. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have hla antibodies?

What does it mean if I have hla antibodies?

Depends: Women who have been pregnant often have HLA antibodies. Their blood can cause side effects if transfused. If you need an organ transplant, it may make it more difficult to find compatible organ. Otherwise it is harmless. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have hla antibodies?

What does it mean if I have hla antibodies?

Depends: Almost all women who have had children have antibodies to HLA of the baby's father. It can result from blood transfusion and organ transplant. Donated blood with HLA antibodies may cause harm to recipient. If you need an organ transplant then it is important not to use an organ with corresponding antigens. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an autoimmune diseases?

What does it mean to have an autoimmune diseases?

Generic: This is a generic term for any disorder that is caused by your own immune system. It means nothing without more specific information. ...Read more

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What does it actually mean if I have schizophrenia?

What does it actually mean if I have schizophrenia?

It means you : Have a chronic illness like diabetes or high blood pressure, but this one effects your brain. Learn as much as you can about your illness and work with a psychiatrist that you trust so that you can control the illness rather than letting the illness control you. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have anemia?

What does it mean if I have anemia?

Low red blood cells: Anemia means you have a low red blood cell count. There are many causes for this such as iron or vitamin deficiencies, bleeding problems, infections, inflammatory conditions, kidney problems and bone marrow problems. The list goes on and on. The first step is to have a workup to determine the cause of the anemia. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you are told you have unspecified imflammatory bowel disorder?

What does it mean when you are told you have unspecified imflammatory bowel disorder?

Crohns vs UC: When an endoscopist discovers colitis in a patient but cannot be sure whether it is crohn's colitis or ulcerative colitis, that is when it is call indeterminate colitis or "unspecified inflammatory bowel disease". You end up treating the patient for the type of colitis it most likely seems to be based on clinical and endoscopic findings. ...Read more

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If I have tachycardia does that mean I also have wolf Parkinson white syndrome? What's difference if not? What does that mean if so?

If I have tachycardia does that mean I also have wolf Parkinson white syndrome? What's difference if not? What does that mean if so?

Not usually WPW: Tachycardia, or a rapid heart rate (more than 120 beats per minute in an adult) happens all the time to everybody in certain circumstances (running, fear, excitement, etc ). Some extreme forms of tachycardia are due to an electrical defect in the heart's conduction system & Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome is an uncommon form of it. An EKG can sometimes tell the cause of tachycardia, but not always ...Read more

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I have an immunodeficiency, What does it mean?

I have an immunodeficiency, What does it mean?

Impaired immune syst: That means that you have an impairment in your immune system although we will need more details to tell you what this may lead to since there are different types of immunodeficiency. Most patients present with recurrent sinus +/- lung infections but others may have more serious issues. Ask your doctor about it. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I was diagnosed with somatization disorder?

What does it mean if I was diagnosed with somatization disorder?

Somatization...: ..disorder used to be called hysteria. It's characterized by a bewildering array of recurring somatic symptoms, especially dizziness (that's a biggie). pain, gastrointestinal distress, sexual problems, shortness of breath, pseudoneurological symptoms such as amnesia, & on & on without end. Assuming all organic causes are ruled out, it's a psychiatric disorder & should be treated as such. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a personality disorder?

Ingrained pattern : Of behavior, it means it is what it is and it can be not easy to change. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have pregnancy problem?

What does it mean if I have pregnancy problem?

Pregnancy Problem: Thier are many different types of pregnancy complications, each has a specific name. What kind of problem it is will indicate if it will interfere with any part of your pregnancy. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have ehlers-danlos?

What does it mean to have ehlers-danlos?

Many things!: Ehlers-danlos syndrome is a group of inherited disorders marked by extremely loose joints, hyperelastic skin that bruises easily, and easily damaged blood vessels.There are six major types and at least five minor types of ehlers-danlos syndrome (eds). A variety of gene mutations (changes) cause problems with collagen, the material that provides strength and structure to skin, bone, blood vessels. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a meniere's disease?

What does it mean to have a meniere's disease?

Meniere's symptoms: Meniere's disease is caused by fluid build up in the inner ear which disrupts hearing and balance. Patients experience a sensation of fullness or pressure, hearing loss and ringing (tinnitus) in the affected ear, often followed by dizziness or vertigo. Episodes of dizziness can be severe and debilitating. Episodes can occur at long intervals, or can be frequent. Hearing loss can worsen over time. ...Read more

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I hear autoimmune disorders described as an overactive immune system. Does that mean those people can never get sick?

I hear autoimmune disorders described as an overactive immune system. Does that mean those people can never get sick?

No: To the contrary, some autoimmune diseases carry an increased risk of serious infection. Autoimmunity may interfere with the body's defense against infection. ...Read more

Dr. Tania Dempsey
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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