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What is the difference between autoimmune diseases and arthritis?

What is the difference between autoimmune diseases and arthritis?

Systemic, Local: Autoimmune arthritis diseases can include inflammation of the joints, connective and soft tissues as well as involvement any part of the body.
Osteoarthritis, is caused by degeneration of the joints and localized to certain part of the body.
The from arthritis is gradual have to do with activity, the other the onset could be sudden and involve many areas of the body. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What is the difference between an immune disorder vs an autoimmune disease?

What is the difference between an immune disorder vs an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune vs Immune: Autoimmune diseases are ones which your own immune system attacks your body. Examples are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many others. Immune disorders are ones which your own immune system fails to respond normally to infections, resulting in frequent infections. Examples are common variable immunodeficiency, severe combined immunodeficiency, aggamglobulinemia, hiv/aids, and many others. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "automune hepititis" & regular hepitis c? I was diagnosis with autoimmune disease 18 yrs ago & hepititis c geno type 1. Thanks

Very different: Autoimmune hepatitis means that ones liver is inflamed because your body thinks that your liver is "foreign" and is attacking it.

Hepatitis c is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis c virus. Genotype 1 is is one of six different c viruses that can cause hepatitis c. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hashimoto thyroid and thyroiditis? Are they autoimmune diseases?

What is the difference between hashimoto thyroid and thyroiditis? Are they autoimmune diseases?

Often same: 'thyroiditis' is an inflammatory process of the thyroid gland. Can be caused by virus, usually responds to anti-inflammatory medication and is self-limited. Hashimoto's thyroiditis similar, but is an autoimmune disorder where the antibodies attack the thyroid tissue, as though it was foreign. Over or underactive function could occur, but often becomes chronic and may need thyroid rx for life. ...Read more

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Are autoimmune diseases more common in black people or there's no difference?

Some are: There are certain diseases that are more common in black persons than not. The ultimate autoimmune disease - systemic lupus erythematosus - is more commom in blacks than non- black persons but many other autoimmune diseases do not show any racial preferences. ...Read more

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What is the chance I have an autoimmune disease if my dad had arthritis?

What is the chance I have an autoimmune disease if my dad had arthritis?

Unlikely: The most common arthritis is osteoarthritis. There can be a hereditary component but it is not an auto immune disease. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

Many cause arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis commonly cause arthritis. The joints are the target of many autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease?

Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease?

Great sources: There are great resources for this information such as the arthritis foundation, the american college of rheumatology, the lupus foundation of america, the national institute of health, etc. ...Read more

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What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Nobody Knows: We are not sure what gets the ball rolling, but autoimmune disease in general is a case of "misprogramming" in which the immune system begins to incorrectly recognize the body's own tissues (joints in the case of ra) as though they were foreign. It then attacks them as it would any invading substance. Smoking definitely raises the risk of ra, though we don't know why! ...Read more

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What are foods that one should avoid if one has an autoimmune disease such as arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia?

What are foods that one should avoid if one has an autoimmune disease such as arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia?

Probably none: While many diets are promoted as therapy, there are no controlled studies to support any benefit. ...Read more

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Father has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, I also have joint pain. Does that mean an autoimmune disease will pass on to my son as well?

Father has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, I also have joint pain. Does that mean an autoimmune disease will pass on to my son as well?

Not 100%: While your son will have an increased chance, it is not for certain he will have an autoimmune disorder. He has a different mother with different genetics as do you and your father. ...Read more

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Had allergic reaction to Cephalexin. Could this cause an autoimmune disease to activate? Such as rheumatoid arthritis? Having never befoe joint pain

Had allergic reaction to Cephalexin. Could this cause an autoimmune disease to activate? Such as rheumatoid arthritis? Having never befoe joint pain

Arthritis,: As a sequel to drug allergic reaction, can sometimes occur, not as a result of an autoimmune process, but a different immunologic mechanism and clears with time. If you believe your condition is really bothersome, you may want to see a rheumatologist for assessment, good luck ...Read more

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I've had pain in my joints, I got blood tests related to autoimmune diseases I got a positive ANA and anti-rnp, is this found in rheumatoid arthritis?

I've had pain in my joints, I got blood tests related to autoimmune diseases I got a positive ANA and anti-rnp, is this found in rheumatoid arthritis?

Possible: You should ask your rheumatologist. ANA and anti-RNP are seeing in mixed connective tissue disease and can overlap with rheumatoid arthritis but more information is needed, talk to your rheumatologist about them. RA by itself usually have other 2 antibodies positive called RF (rheumatoid factor) and anti-CCP (citrullinated peptides). ...Read more

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Mom diagnosis c hoshimotos/psoriatic arthritis/viral hepatitis/ acute myeloid leukemia. What is my risk of autoimmune disease/leukemia? My children's risk?

Altered Runx-1 gene: Seems to be implicated in changing the susceptibilty to autoimmune disease and leukemia but is only 1 part of the puzzle and there appears to be other factors as well, so even if you get tested to see if you have the genetic alteration, that in itself does not mean you will get the diseases. I recommend a healthy life style with regular health exams. ...Read more

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Can a hepatitis b infection lead to an autoimmune disease?

Can a hepatitis b infection lead to an autoimmune disease?

No: However, like other infectious diseases, there are certain antibody complex diseases which can result from a hepatitis b infection. ...Read more

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Can deficiency of vitamin D cause autoimmune diseases?

Can deficiency of vitamin D cause autoimmune diseases?

Good question: Vit D3 is considered important in immune regulation. Thus theoretically, the answer is yes, but in reality, no such association has been proven. ...Read more

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I've tenonsynovitus since I went to uk, 2010 and I'm still NT recover. I'd back to malaysia, is it cause by overdo or the whether or autoimmune disease?

I've tenonsynovitus since I went to uk, 2010 and I'm still NT recover. I'd back to malaysia, is it cause by overdo or the whether or autoimmune disease?

See orthopedist: It appears that your tenosynovitis has never healed and you should consult an orthopedic doctor to find out what can be done about it before further damages or scarring occurs. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much time does someone with autoimmune diseases live?

How much time does someone with autoimmune diseases live?

See details: There are numerous autoimmune diseases and most are compatible with a normal life expectancy. You need a address what autoimmune disease you mean. ...Read more

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Can an autoimmune disease affect just one side of the body?

Autoimmune: Actually most affect the whole system but in some cases the symptoms may express themself on one side. ...Read more

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How diet autoimmune diseases: how does one affect the others?

Avoid toxic foods: Avoid sugars, fried foods, vegatable oils like canola & soy, meats that are cured wth nitrates & nitrites, aspartame, splenda, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, maragarine, soy based products, sweetened beverages like juice & soda, microwaved foods, artificial colors & flavors. All of these products cause damage to the cells, tissues & organs in your body contributing to various diseases. ...Read more

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Where can I get help with diagnosing what autoimmune disease I have?

See a doctor: A proper history and physical need to be done to match symptoms to possible diseases. Then tests need to be ordered to verify. ...Read more

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My Dr said I have autoimmune disease, but there is over a hundred different types. How do know which type you have?

Auroimmune: You ask about identifying types of autoimmune disease. You are correct to state that this is a very wide spectrum. One can get organ-specific auto immunity like type 1 diabetes or rhyroid disease. Or multi-organ types like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Most conditions would be diagnosed by the pattern of organ disease as well as antibody tests. You need to ask your doctor to be specific. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the nervous system?

Inflammation: There can be : Cognitive dysfunction (not thinking clearly, memory deficits)
Headaches
Seizure
Altered mental alertness (e.g. stupor or coma)
Aseptic meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain)
Stroke (disturbance of the blood supply to different parts of the brain)
Peripheral neuropathy (e.g. numbness, tingling, burning of the hands and feet)
Movement disorders
Myelitis (disruption) ...Read more

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Why can't people with autoimmune diseases take melanin?

Wrong word: Melanin is producted by skin cells in response to sun light and is responsible for darkening the skin. Melatonin is a hormone that has been linked in some studies as a possible cause for autoimmune hepatitis (liver disease). Persons who have already developed one autoimmune disease are at higher risk for developing another type of autoimune problem and this may be the origin of this recommendati. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about paragard and autoimmune diseases?

See details: I am not sure what you are asking. Iuds such as paragard do not cause autoimmune diseases or make preexisting ones worse. ...Read more

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Do autoimmune diseases suppress your immune system?

Generally yes.: Autoimmune disorders deregulate the immune system and may even compromise it. The medications used to manage these disorders suppress the immune system predictably. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Yes: They represent any abnormal immune response and often therefore will suppress the normal immune response. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases can cause chronic sinusitis?

Terrific question: In general, auto-immune diseases are not commonly associated with sinusitis. On the other hand, it is possible that sinusitis itself can be an autoimmune disease. If an auto-immune disease is associated with some immunological deficiency, then any cavity in the body may be susceptible to infection. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the lymphatic system?

May or may not: Some autoimmune disease can lymph node enlargement. The lymphatic system has within it many of the immune reactive cells like lymphocytes and macrophages. These cells interact and are involved in the immune response. There are many other substances within the lymphatic system that also involved in the lymphatic system. The inflmmation that occurs can cause the lymph nodes can increase ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the respiratory system?

Multiple ways: Autoimmune diseases can cause inflammation in the lung which can behave like infection and appear the same on xray. Shortness of the breath can occur. Coughing up blood is possible. Inflammation of the lining of the lungs called the pleura can cause pain with breathing or deep breaths. Fluid can occur between the lining of the lung and the lung itself can also cause pain and shortness of breath ...Read more

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Is it possible to take care of an autoimmune disease with hiv?

Is it possible to take care of an autoimmune disease with hiv?

Clarify?: If you are asking "does HIV cure autoimmune disease" then the answer is no. Getting HIV does not make your autoimmune disease go away. If you are asking "can a patient with both HIV and autoimmune diseases be cured" then the answer is yes the symptoms of both diseases can be addressed to make the patient feel better, but neither disease has a cure yet. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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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 ...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