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.

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How can I suppress my immune system given my autoimmune disease? Should I request immunosuppressant medications? Are there any other options?

Schmidt Syndrome. Combination of adrenal insufficiency and hashimoto's thyroiditis (questionnaire's profile) is consistent with type ii autoimmune polyglandular syndrome, a rare disorder. Treatment is largely organ specific hormone replacement. Gene therapy, immune modulation, and adrenal transplant have been tried with varying success. Consider enrolling in a clinical trial. Read more...
It depends. It really depends on the specific autoimmune disease you have. Options vary from disease to disease. Read more...
Rheumatologist. If you have an autoimmune disease, you need to see a rheumatologist who will identify the type of autoimmune disease and offer you an effective therapy. Read more...

Can you build up your immune system, make it stronger with an autoimmune disease such as sjogrens?

No. An autoimmune disease is actually from losing control of the immune system allowing the body to attack your own tissue. This does not improve your immune system since autoimmune disease is more like a rogue police force. Read more...

Can the immune system aggressively attack and target directly the cell body of neurons and what rare autoimmune disease would this be?

Vague question. I will direct you to consult a neurologist about your symptoms, which you have not explained here. A good reference to research autoimmune neurological illness is wikipedia.Org. While not an exhaustive reference on every topic, it is a valuable primer for most medical topics. Good luck! Read more...

Why is celiac disease considered an autoimmune disease? Does it affect the immune system?

Terminology. If the body develops antibodies to human tissue of any type,it is labeled auto immune.In celiac disease and lesser forms of gluten sensitivity, the body has developed antibodies to tissue transglutaminases.These can cause injury to the absorptive surfaces of the small intestines and impair absorption of nutrients.Nutritional deficits can weaken the body but are not specific to the immune system. Read more...