What sort of problem is an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune disorders are conditions in which your body makes antibodies against your own tissues. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hepatitis, anemia, hypothyroidism, and vasculitis. Management of these conditions generally requires the assistance of a specialist--rheumatologist.
Anti-self. Autoimmune problems occur when our immune system fails to down regulate antibodies against our own tissues.

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Pregnancy problems in autoimmune diseases?

There are. People with autoimmune disease can get better with pregnancy - this is seen especially with rheumatoid arthritis most of the time. Lupus can also improve or get worse, but it depends on the involvement of the lupus and what organ sites are involved. We are cautious with our pregnant patients, follow them along with high risk OB specialists and monitor their organ involvement.

Are there liver problems from drugs for autoimmune diseases?

It depends. Methotrexate is commonly used in some autoimmune diseases needs to be monitored for liver problems as well as bone marrow and kidney problems. There are many other medications for autoimmune problems with their own benefits and toxicities.
Potentially yes. Drugs that we use for autoimmune disease do have potentially liver toxicities. Drugs such as methotrexate, imuran. And Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) which are drugs which we use for autoimmune disease do have potential liver problems particularly the elevation of liver function tests. If labs are followed correctly, the potential for chronic liver disease are rare.

Best way to diagnose an autoimmune disease. I have all classic symptoms pain, low, fever, extreme weakness, ck level 1700 problems swallowing.?

See a rheumatologist. Auto-immune disorders can be difficult to diagnose. It would be prudent to consult your doctor to see if reference to a rheumatologist is warranted. Diagnosis requires history, physical examination, lab tests and expertise to interpret the results.

Since thyroid issues are autoimmune diseases will any type of thyroid problem such as hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, thyroiditis or any other type cause a false negative on HIV antibody test?

Misinformed. I am sorry to tell you that not all thyroid issues are autoimmune in nature. But, I can with very good confidence tell you that these conditions in no way give a false negative or positive on an HIV test.

What is an autoimmune disease?

Body against itself. In some instances the body responds in an aberrant way and destroys its own cells and tissues. The response may consist of auto-antibodies, as in hemolytic anemia, lupus, or abnormal cells, as in hashimoto; usually both components are involved.
Autoimmune diseases. 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 white cells, platelets etc.

What do autoimmune diseases attack?

Any part of the body. Autoimmune illness happens when a person's immune system mistakenly targets her/his own cells, tissues, organs. Because of this, at least eighty, and probably many more, diseases are actually considered autoimmune in origin. The disease doesn't attack. It's the attack that caused the disease.
Autoimmune diseases. 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 white cells, platelets etc.

Are autoimmune diseases very common?

Yes. Most people with hypothyroidism have the disease hashimoto's thyroiditis. When you add psoriasis, colitis to the diseases ra, spondyloarthritis, type 1 diabetes, and onward, you have a majorpercentage of american's having an "autoimmune disease.