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What autoimmune diseases are associated with demyelinating conditions?

Have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia; am experi-
encing changes in ability to walk, which comes and goes,
also tremor, excessive weakness, difficulty with thought
processing which occurs with the weakness. Brain MRI
shows nonspecific pattern of demyelinization. Any clues?

[Celiac disease in adults revealed by sensory-motor neuropathy]

Viader F, Chapon F, Dao T, Rivrain Y, Lechevalier B.

Service de Neurologie, CHRU de Caen.

Central or peripheral nervous system complications are occasionally observed in adult patients with celiac disease. Several mechanisms have been proposed including vitamin deficiency, vascular inflammation and a direct effect of gluten intolerance. Typical nerve fiber damage due to demyelinization has been suggested. We observed a 65-year old woman with a right peroneal nerve palsy superimposed on a diffuse peripheral neuropathy who was found to have folic acid deficiency which in turn led to the diagnosis of adult celiac disease. Electrophysiological and histological studies demonstrated a predominantly demyelinating peripheral neuropathy which responded first to parenteral folic acid supplementation and second to a gluten-free diet. The mechanisms of peripheral nerve damage in adult celiac disease are briefly discussed and the possible role of folic acid deficiency is emphasized.  (+ info)

What other diseases is associated with demyelinating disease besides MS?

I had a MRI done where they found demyelinating disease and thinks that it's multiple sclerosis I have several of the symptoms for MS I have to get a spinal tap done.

Besides MS, there are several other demyelinating diseases, such as the leukodystrophies (Adrenoleukodystrophy, Canavan Disease, Krabbe Disease, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease, Cockayne Syndrome, and Alexander's Disease), Marchiafava-Bignami Disease, Central pontine myelinolysis, and Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). Among other things, the spinal tap will help to rule out some of the other demyelinating diseases. Some of these are fairly unlikely (for example, Adrenoleukodystrophy occurs when more than 90% of the adrenal cortex is destroyed, and is a very rare condition, so you'd likely have far more symptoms without a functioning adrenal cortex).

The "white spots" visible on an MRI are generally pretty specific for MS; in other words, for certain white spot patterns, only MS produces such patterns on an MRI. That, along with the other tests (blood tests and lumbar puncture) can rule out the other causes of white spots on an MRI.

The referenced site has loads of (mostly medical) information about all of these diseases, but it may be helpful to you. You can look up each disease individually and find some information on them.

Good luck.  (+ info)

Is dermographism an isolated condition or is it a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders/diseases?

I've recently been diagnosed with dermographism and I was wondering if someone with a better understanding of autoimmune disorders could shed some light. While I know that this skin condition is fairly common and isn't generally serious, I'm curious to know that if people who are succeptable to dermographism and other common autoimmune diseases are also succeptable to more serious autoimmune diseases (MS, Krohn's, etc.) since they/I obviously have some flaw within our autoimmune system as it is. Or are they apples and oranges when compared to one another?

not a dnagerous condition; could be related to thyroid nutritional deficiences...

a. Naicn vitamin B3 @ 50 or 100 mgs. day
b. Vitamin C tabs @ atleast 250 mgs. day
c. Coconut Oil organic couple tspns. day.  (+ info)

Which statement best describes the relationship between immune disorders and autoimmune diseases?

A.Immune disorders include autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
B.Immune disorders are a kind of autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
C.In both immune disorders and autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
D.There is no relationship between immune disorders and autoimmune diseases.

probably A  (+ info)

Do autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Do they? Or is it the drugs you take for autoimmune diseases that suppress the immune system? Can long term stress or autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system and affect test results, such as HIV, and cause false negatives or positives after about 7 months or so? If you're under a great deal of stress for a long time, or have an autoimmune disease, does it take longer for your body to produce antibodies against diseases, like HIV? Will 7 months have been long enough of a time to wait before getting tested for HIV? Especially since you're not sexually active or do drugs?


Wow - you've quite a few questions there.

Autoimmune diseases can reduce your immune system's effectiveness, yes. However, diseases like Lupus cause the immune system to attack the body, in which case drugs are perscribed to subdue the immune system. Stress does indeed affect your body's immunity in a negative capacity.

Seven months, though? That's a long time for the body to recover its immune defense. Dealing with HIV is something best, perhaps, reserved for medical professionals. There are hosts of checks and tests that can give you definitive answers to your questions much better than the internet can.  (+ info)

If you had a boy and a girl and had 2 autoimmune diseases that developed right after the second pregnancy?

would you try for another child? my OB says i can but the diseases happened a month after delivery and a lot of autoimmine diseases happen right after a stressfull situation to the body. just scared of maybe getting a more severe autoimmune disease but i have baby fever.

I personally wouldn't.

I have autoimmune hepatitis and that was nothing to do with pregnancy but if I knew that anything could make it any worse then I don't think that I'd try for another child. You already had two, right? What if it got a lot worse and you ended up unable to look after the two that you already have?

By the way, I'm pregnant with my first child. :-)
Good luck with whatever you choose.  (+ info)

what are autoimmune diseases that causes blood clots?

hi,i want to know what are the autoimmune diseases that can cause a lot of blood clots all over the body?and what are tests can be done to diagnose,thanks.

there are a number of them, if you want to know, then suggest you start searching in Google, I think it unreasonable to expect someone here to spend all that time doing something that you can do for yourself. A hint, research D.I.C.  (+ info)

Why do autoimmune diseases affect more women than men?

Why do autoimmune diseases affect more women than men? I'm researching MS (multiple sclerosis) and this is mentioned often but never explained. A good medical source on the Web would be great, if you could paste one that explains this. Thanks!!

I don't have a link but I juuuust studied this stuff for an immunology exam. The theory is that testosterone has a mild immunosuppressant effect, which makes the immune system less likely to go overboard.  (+ info)

Can masturbation lead to autoimmune diseases such as lupus or multiple sclerosis?

Autoimmune disease- A disease in which the immune systems attacks the body it is meant to protect.

No no no! XD Defiantly not. You can not get AIDs or HIV or anything like that from just masturbation. It has to either come from your mother or from getting it passed on from another person's blood or bodily fluids in some sort of way.  (+ info)

What are the effects of autoimmune diseases?

I was just diagnosed with having an autoimmune disease, but I'm not sure which one yet. I'm only 16 years old. How will my lifestyle change because of this? Will my life be shortened? Please, be honest. I can handle it.
Thank you so much.

It really shouldn't be much different then now. Depending on which type of autoimmune disease you have they all can all have periods of lengthy remissions as long as you take care of yourself. True, you will need lifelong treatments with medication and whatever else the doctor orders. Much of this is staying healthy, doing exercise and just being on a healthy diet to maintain a weight within your limitations. Not too much different then living life with any type of problem today. The only times in which this will be hard to maintain will be when the disease is active and you are in allot of pain. This also develops as time goes by too. Please remember to write any questions you have down between appointments so that you are relaxed and think of them during this time and not all at once while waiting to go into the office. Keep this handy somewhere so when a question comes into your head you can just go to it and rite it down. These suggestions and reality's are what lays before you with no putting things into a wait and see type of answer. Along with the advise of the doctor you can live as long as anyone else. Good luck and God Bless  (+ info)

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