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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

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 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 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 to have a meniere's disease episode?

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

Vertigo: Patients with menderes disease have recurrent episodes of vertigo, typically lasting 20 minutes to 8 hours, as well as tinnitus, hearing loss and a pressure sensation in the affected ear. All these symptoms may fluctuate or be more sever with the episodes of dizziness. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an arrhythmia?

What does it mean to have an arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: An abnormal heart rhythm that may result in symptoms of palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, passing out, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Some arrhythmias can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and even death. See doctor, cardiologist, and/or heart rhythm (EP) specialist if concerned. Call 911 if chest pain, passing out, shortness of breath, or severe dizziness. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have thyroid problems ?

What does it mean if you have thyroid problems ?

Depends: There are two types of thyroid problems: 1.Functional- with high or low hormones, generally treated with medicine and 2.Structural - a thyroid nodule generally worked up with ultrasound and a fine needle aspiration if appropriate. So basically it depends on what type of thyroid problem you have. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have an orange tongue?

What does it mean if you have an orange tongue?

Many things: It could meany things. Eating , drinking certain foods. Some medications . Bacterial, fungal infections. Acid reflux. Not cleaning your tongue regularly. Usually this is not a serious thing. Try cleaning your tongue and watch the things you eat and this should take care of the orange tongue. If you generally feel ill or if it persists then see your dentist or doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have immunity to hepatitis?

What does it mean if you have immunity to hepatitis?

Protected: Immunity means you can't be infected, either because you've already had hepatitis and recovered from it, or because you were vaccinated. This applies to hepatitis a and b but not c. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you are diagnosed with hemihypertrophy?

"Half is big": Hemi-hypertrophy is a term used to imply that half the body is larger than the other half. It is occasionally seen in some named syndromes. ...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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What does it mean if you have a high parathormoon???

What does it mean if you have a high parathormoon???

A Pair of a Pair=4: I think what you mean is parathyroid hormone level. The parathyroids are 4 small little glands next to your thyroid gland in the neck. The hormone they secrete helps regulate the calcium in your blood. More of the hormone, the higher the calcium may become, which indirectly will affect your bone density. All in all you'll need your doctor to sort it all out with some more tests. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a disease called erythromelalgia?

What to do if I have a disease called erythromelalgia?

Erythromelalgia: Difficult to answer the question on HealthTap. Make sure you've been investigated for underlying or assoc. conditions like raynaud's disease, or blood disorders like polycythemia. There are many topical and oral medications that can help. But there is no one treatment and some trial and error may be necessary. Work with a good dermatologist. Also look at the TEA: http://www.erythromelalgia.org. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a moderate ephithelial?

What does it mean if you have a moderate ephithelial?

Sounds: like a urinalysis...if so its a normal finding just some superficial cells from the lining of the bladder! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an acute fracture?

What does it mean to have an acute fracture?

"Acute" = New/recent: "acute" just means that whatever it is is new. So "acute fracture" means the bone is recently broken. Usually we can see signs of healing on an x-ray as time goes on. If healing signs are seen, you would not call the fracture "acute". ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an insulin overdose?

What does it mean to have an insulin overdose?

Too much insulin: This is when too much Insulin was used which can lead to low blood sugar. The treatment is to give back glucose to prevent low blood sugar. Depending on which Insulin was used, it might take a little or a lot of keep your blood sugar from dropping. You might need oral glucose and in severe cases, you might need IV glucose. Call your doctor who knows you best for the best course of action. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an artificial hip?

What does it mean to have an artificial hip?

Total hip replace: When arthritis is severe in the hip ( no cartilage between bones) and/or causes constant intense pain and lack of function, or when there is other pathology (disease) that requieres to remove the afected part of the hip then total hip replacement is indicated. Artificial hips are made of titanium and requires some sort of biological " cement" to put in . Plastic, screws, plates may be required. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can autoimmune disease mean?

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

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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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If I have indifferentiated autoimmune disease symptoms and my blood counts have been consistently "low normal" for years, what could that mean?

If I have indifferentiated autoimmune disease symptoms and my blood counts have been consistently "low normal" for years, what could that mean?

R/O CVD: CVD = COLLAGEN VASCULAR DISEASE. The classic one are LUPUS & RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. UCVD=UNDIFFERENTIATED COLLAGEN VASCULAR DISEASE. This means that you have some but not all the criteria to meet a specific diagnosis. Make sure to follow up with s good RHEUMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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My doc says i've got autoimmune diseases. What does this mean?

My doc says i've got autoimmune diseases. What does this mean?

Body attacks itself: An autoimmune disorder occurs when the immune system that normally fights off invading germs gets confused and sees some of your normal body cells as "germs" and starts to attack and destroy them. The type and severity of the autoimmune disease depends upon which cells are attacked. ...Read more

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Positive ANA but no autoimmune disease. What does this mean?

Positive ANA but no autoimmune disease. What does this mean?

Just a screening: An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood. ...Read more

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Does false positive ELISA mean the person has autoimmune disease? Do people ever find out why they get these results?

Does false positive ELISA mean the person has autoimmune disease? Do people ever find out why they get these results?

Need more info: Elisa is an acronym for enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay. It is an immunological test that can be used for detection of various antibodies, antigens and certain chemicals. You don't mention what your elisa was positive to. Without that information i can't answer your question. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have the autoimmune disease called myasthenia gravis?

Muscle weakness: It causes muscle weakness. It is autoimmune because it has antibodies to your own body, in this case they react with acetylcholine receptors at the neuromuscular junction. Thus the muscles do not get the stimulation to help them function due to the decreased availability of acetylcholine. It is treated with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors that interfer with the the breakdown of acetylcholine. ...Read more

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If my Antinuclear antibody test came out 1.4 positive abnormal does that mean I have an autoimmune disease ?

If my Antinuclear antibody test came out 1.4 positive abnormal does that mean I have an autoimmune disease ?

No: I'd just ignore this very low titer unless there's some other evidence to suggest you've got lupus or something similar. Up to 1 in four adults has low-titer positive ANA like you. ...Read more

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Esr is elevated but my ANA and CRP are normal! does this mean that i don't have an autoimmune disease?

Esr is elevated but my ANA and CRP are normal! does this mean that i don't have an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disorders: Esr is an inflammatory marker tha is elevated in inflammatory disorders, anemia , pregnancy, , kidney cancers , tb, lymphoma to name a few. It measures rate at which red cells sediment in a test tube in 1 hour. It is used more to monitor response to treatmemt is such disorders and helps in diagnosis of certain conditions. Esr can be elevated with negative ANA in several autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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A positive ANA test 1;320 titer, with a speckled pattern... Does it mean I have an autoimmune disease...

A positive ANA test 1;320 titer, with a speckled pattern... Does it mean I have an autoimmune disease...

Not necessarily: The ANA is a screening test for lupus but is not specific. It can be positive in numerous other diseases and in normal people. It has to be evaluated in the context of the clinical picture and the results of other autoantibody tests. ...Read more

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What is ESR blood test? If the ESR value is low, is that mean im totally healthy and do not have any infections or autoimmune disease?

What is ESR blood test? If the ESR value is low, is that mean im totally healthy and do not have any infections or autoimmune disease?

ESR: Esr is erythrocyte a sedimentation rate. It is an inflammatory marker and indicates degree or level of inflammation and used as a guide for inflammation in diagnosis and follow up for response to treatment . It is a non specific marker and is elevated in inflammatory , infectious, auto immune and other disorders . Esr is always evaluated in conjunction with one's symptoms , signs and disease. ...Read more

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Is there a link between false postive ELISA HIV test and autoimmune diseases? I had a false pos ELISA HIV test does that mean I have autoimmune disese

That's just not true: We have at least one person here with a false-positive elisa who's obsessed with finding the reasons. Whether or not this is you, you need to stop believing garbage you read on the internet, accept that you are healthy, love safely, and get on with your life. Health doesn't come from trying to self-diagnose. If you have unmanageable fears that you are sick, your personal physician can help. ...Read more

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False positive ELISA HIV test after 2 years expsure. Autoimmune disease? Will i ever know why? Does this mean something's wrong?

No answer: False positive can be from many reasons including mistaken labeling. If it was a false-positive, there is nothing for you to worry about. It is the false-negative that should worry you. ...Read more

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If i test false positive for ELISA HIV does it mean I have an autoimmune disease? If I do have one will i be paralyzed or die earlier?

If i test false positive for ELISA HIV does it mean I have an autoimmune disease? If I do have one will i be paralyzed or die earlier?

HIV: There are numerous reasons for "false +" testing. Without a good deal of more info it is difficult to advise you, including why you were being HIV tested if no unprotected sex. Other risk factors? Suggest you see a pcp, have them thoroughly evaluate you and refer you on if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does a false positive ELISA HIV test mean someone has a autoimmune disease? Or could it be anything? Do people find out why they get these results?

Does a false positive ELISA HIV test mean someone has a autoimmune disease? Or could it be anything? Do people find out why they get these results?

No: While false positives can be from nothing specific, they can be related to infections from other viruses that may make similar antibodies that can react with elisas, but this has to be confirmed with western blot. I personally would ask for two confirmations as it can take up to six weeks for viral levels to be high enough to be sure with the test. Check with infectious disease doc to be safe. ...Read more

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Does multinodular goiter with slightly elevated thyroid antibodies possibly mean an autoimmune thyroid disease?

Possibly: Thyroiditis (which can be immune based) is the most common cause of a multinodular goiter. Have you doctor test for tpo antibodies if you're concerned. ...Read more