Autoimmune disorders

What is Autoimmune disorders?

Autoimmune diseases arise from an abnormal immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body (autoimmunity). This may be restricted to certain organs (e.g. in autoimmune thyroiditis) or involve a particular tissue in different places (e.g. Goodpasture's disease which may affect the basement membrane in both the lung and the kidney).

The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunosuppression—medication that decreases the immune response.

A large number of autoimmune diseases are recognized. A major understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases has been the application of genome wide association scans that have identified a striking degree of genetic sharing among the autoimmune diseases.

Questions and answers on "Autoimmune disorders"

I have tested positive for Autoimmune disease with connective tissue disorder, as of now I have Gastroparesis for 2yrs, Raynauds for 2 yrs and now Sjogrens syndrome can you tell me if I will most likely keep getting more autoimmune disorders or what my future outlook might look like?

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Hello and thank you for your question.
We do not know the cause of autoimmune disorders. In this disease the body's immune system attacks its own cells. It is possible to go into remission if your doctor puts you on medication to treat the autoimmune disorder. It is impossible to predict the...

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I was diagnosed with Raynauds syndrome, and recently saw my monocyte count is 14. I am 25, dont smoke, drink do drugs and have a healthy diet. secondary raynauds has a lot of underlying cancers and autoimmune disorder, primary raynauds, 1 out of 10 people still go on to develop on autoimmune disorder. My monocytes are high, and my temperature has been normal. Ive been plauged with the horrible norovirus however. Would noro cause a high monotcyte or low count? A low count i read is from bacterias, but noro is a virus. Is there a chance my monocytes could be at 14 over that or could this be a sign of a form of cancer or autoimmune disorder, which seems likely due to raynauds.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for asking.
Based on your query, my opinion is as follows.
1. Increased monocyte does not indicate cancer or autoimmune disorder.
2. Raynauds syndrome is itself an autoimmune disorder secondary to connective tissue disorder like systemic lupus erythematosus.
3. Not to worry. Monocytes...

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Hi, doc im 22yrs i weigh 68 kg but 2yrs back i weigh 70 plus. I have an autoimmune disorder, what do i do?

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Welcome to Healthcare Magic
Good Day
I would like to clarify as to what Autoimmune disorder you have. What problems due you experience. Are you on any medication.

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I am a 28 year old female, who has experienced several symptoms of an autoimmune disorder for about 7-10 years with no treatment. I am going to see a Rheumatologist , but am curious if anyone knows about a Positive Sjogren s SS-B with a negative Sjogrens SS-A? I am curious what this means. My RA factor is 7 on a scale of 0-13.9. My TSH is between 1-2, which I read is good. I am ANA and ANA w/ reflex positive. Finally, in addition to negative SS-A and positive SS-B, my ENA panel shows below average slightly for ANTI-DNA, RNP Abs, and Smith ABs. With not seeing a Rheumatologist, my primary care physicians says I have a 10% chance of having SLE and a 30% chance of Sjogren s Syndrome. I have multiple symptoms of both conditions, however, no dry mouth . My symptoms include a long list, but it appears I have the following symptoms: Sinus Issues Reynauds Some joint discomfort in ankles, fingers, and knees My tonsils are slightly disfigured with particles that show up in them A history of weak and cavity ridden teeth Memory loss and confusion Dizziness Infrequent migraines w/ aura Frequent urination Fitigue Anxiety and Depression (Random) Rough/course and dry hair Acne Blurred Vision Trouble sleeping due to back pain Green mucus etc. No rashes or dry mouth Any help would be greatly appreciated in calming my anxiety over the blood test results. Thank you, Jade

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Dear Jade
welcome to healthcaremagic
Ayurveda has better solution for autoimmune disorder. There is good herbal solution for building immunity in the body and protecting from the diseases
GUDUCHI( Tinosporia cordifolia) is best herbs for immunity and its preparation are widely used..
Please...

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Hi, doc im 22yrs i weigh 68 kg but 2yrs back i weigh 70 plus. I m having an autoimmune disorder, what do i do? Can i use fruits and vegg to build my immunity .

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this question if for Dr. XXXXXXX XXXXXXX You answered my former query. see below
Hello,
Thanks for writing to us,
Raw ring like appearance on inner side of lip with burning on contact to spices and heat, classically describes Lichen Planus.
You have also mentioned a history of Raynaud's.
Lichen planus can be associated with this.
It is an autoimmune disorder, where there appears a bluish itchy lesion on skin and burning whitish lesions on oral mucosa.
Sometimes, only the oral mucosa can be involved, called as mucosal lichen planus.
It can be confirmed by doing a mucosal biopsy.

Kindly send a photograph of the lesion, if possible.
It will be a great help to me in diagnosing your condition.

You can apply triamcinalone paste, thrice daily. This will be of great help in decreasing the burning sensation as well as healing the lesions.

Hope I answered your query,
Feel free to ask any further doubt.

Wishing you good health.
Thank you
Replied by Dr. XXXXXXX XXXXXXX , 3 days ago     

How can i get the medicine? Must it be prescribed? Also what can I do to prevent future abruptions? When I have these outbreaks on my lips (and labia) they last for months. Fortunately, they come and go, but how can I prevent them?

doctor1 MD

Hello thanks for the query.

Yes, you can get these ointments without any prescription. It comes as an oral paste.
The name of chemical is triamcinolone acetonide 1% paste. trade names are tosti, XXXXXXX etc.

I think you have not mentioned about labia in previous post, anyhow lichen planus can...

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Is crohns disease an autoimmune disorder. I know it can run in families but is it possible to get this disease from unhealthy eating, etc? are there precursors for crohns? also when a blood test is taken after a tick bite and it comes back positive for the antibodies, the doctor says yes the blood test shows you have Lyme disease based on the blood heboglobin...etc, she lost me there with medical talk. does the blood test actually confirm you have Lyme s or does it just show you have an autoimmune disorder.

doctor1 MD

Hi XXXXX! I am Dr Shareef answering your query.

Yes, you are right in considering Crohn's disease as an autoimmune disorder. It is unlikely to have any relationship to your food habits, but some of the constituents of your food may be allergic to your intestinal mucosa and your body as a whole,...

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Hi I am 27 year old 6 inches tall guy who is having following symptoms since last 1.5-2 years:

1. Fatigue
2. Weight loss
3. Palpitations with shortness of breath
4.Lesser sleep (mild insomnia)
5. Back ache when stand for more than 15 minutes
6. Morning stiffness in neck, relieves with time

I want to ask if I am suffering from any autoimmune disorder..??
Actually, I had this chronic back pain since last 3 years. Consulted a neurologist and orthopedic. After few tests, one of which was HLA B-27, doctor told me I am suffering from seronegative spondyloarthropathy and will have to pop pills for rest of my life. I left that treatment after 2-3 months.
then I started to have this fatigue and tiredness whole day and palpitation and shortness of breath with feeling of dizziness (sometimes) since last 1 year. One doctor told me it's anxiety and prescribed clonazepam (clonafit) and another doctor prescribed alprazolam tablets, both .25 tabs daily but I take them SOS, either one of them not both.
Now, please guide me what is the problem. If it is autoimmune disoprder:
1. Do i need to take medicines for rest of my life?
2. Do I need to treat joint pain and anxiety (what they call it, I am not sure) at the same time or separately
3. Or I need to visit XXXXXXX medicine department.

For symptoms like palpitation, shortness of breath, sweating of palm, high heart rate, vertigo (or dizziness) while standing suddenly after sitting and feeling flushed and passed out while using stairs, I talked to cardiologist also, my BP was a bit high (90-135, and only once it reached 100-145) but echocardiogram and holter monitoring went fine witout any issue). So all is well i guess here with my heart.

I have sinusitis also.

Please help.

doctor1 MD

Hi
I am Dr Ravinder Sharma.
On the basis of the information provided it is difficult to draw a conclusion about your illness. Symptoms are our guide to think of the different possible diagnosis a patient is suffering from
First I look at your symptoms for last 2 years

1.Fatigue
2. Weight loss
3....

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