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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Inflammatory Arthritis And Autoimmune Disorders

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Can menopause trigger autoimmune disorders? I was diagnosed with both psoriatic arthritis and celiac disease at 51.

Can menopause trigger autoimmune disorders? I was diagnosed with both psoriatic arthritis and celiac  disease at  51.

Maybe: There is more autoimmune (AI) disease in older women, but it is unclear if it is related to time or hormones. Time: an AI condition is a problem in the immune system. The longer we live, the more likely a problem will develop. Hormones: women have an immune system that tolerates foreign things, that is how they have a baby. If that tolerance goes away, then there can be an issue. But exact cause? ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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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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 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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Are autoimmune disorders with rash and episcleritis common?

Are autoimmune disorders with rash and episcleritis common?

Not really: Autoimmune disease are uncommon in the general population. However diseases such as systemic lupus can have both rash and episcleritis. ...Read more

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Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Positive ANA: Conditions that can result in an elevated ANA include autoimmune disorders, certain drugs, uncommon infections, chronic lung or liver disease, kidney failure, ultraviolet light therapy, malignancy, pregnancy, and false positive/lab error. Hope this helps. ...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?

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

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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more