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Autoimmune disease causes

Nicola LongsworthNicola Longsworth

“The body simply fights against itself. The antibodies fight against your body. It’s almost like it becomes a stranger. The symptoms there are times that you cannot breathe, there are some situations where you can have difficulty breathing and need to go on life support. That’s the extreme case. There are cases where you need to do surgery on your thymus gland and those are the glands that are known to produce these antibodies.”

The surgery is one treatment option and others can rely on just medication. Other symptoms of myasthenia may include eye muscle weakness, eyelid drooping, blurry or double vision, difficulty in swallowing, shortness of breath, impaired speech, and weakness in the arms, hands, legs, and neck. With these varying symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose especially with such limited awareness.

“It was a bit traumatizing because as a child I couldn’t understand why I kept feeling so tired. I couldn’t understand why I had to take medication so frequently. Three sometimes four times a day. My mom would go to school to administer medication to me and I just couldn’t understand why.”

Nicola has been in remission since age seven, but faced a fragile time during her first pregnancy. She now only suffers from bouts of fatigue which is the only time she requires medication. She’s now aiming to start a support group for patients and what better time that during Myasthenia Gravis awareness month.

Nicola Longsworth

“I wanted to form this support group because it is very important for us in Belize. I clearly remember, I heard on the news a child died of myasthenia. That touched me deeply. Another instance I was at the drug store buying medication and a woman came in to purchase mestinon and I asked her do you have myasthenia? She said no: my husband does and he is doing so bad. I felt for her. I’m able to do everything and he is in this crisis. It’s important for other patients in Belize to know I’m not the only one in Belize with Mysethenia Gravis because honestly I thought I was the only one.”

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Sory A-G, but that is incorrect

by chockalot

Excess iodine does NOT cause Hashimoto's. It can complicate Hashimoto's or other thyroid disorder, because iodine affects the way the thyroid functions. But it does not CAUSE Hashimoto's Disease.
Hashimoto's Disease is an autoimmune disorder that has complex causes - maybe genetic, maybe viral, maybe related to childbearing. But diet is not considered one of them.
This is what it says at your link:
"People with Hashimoto's thyroiditis should avoid excess iodine (which can cause hypothyroidism) from natural sources, such as kelp tablets and seaweed

Eh, I'm mad

by Fiona1

So yesterday out of the blue he asks "So when are you going to go to the doctor to control your laziness?"
He was referring to the rheumatologist who will help determine why I had a positive ANA test (likely an autoimmune disease which causes extreme fatigue).
And for the record, despite being very tired 24/7, I am NOT lazy. I work fulltime, don't call out because I'm tired, and do the majority of household chores. Really, the only thing that really suffers because of the fatigue is recrational activities, I'm much less likely to want to go out and have fun or play on the lake or whatever

They think I have

by Dingey_48

Paraneoplastic pemphigus
Though there are many forms of pemphigus, paraneoplastic pemphigus is the least common and most serious. PNP is a rare autoimmune bullous disease that causes blistering. Keratinocytes, which are what make up the epidemus, separate from each other, leaving gaps. Many times the gaps become filled with fluid peel off, leaving the skin raw and open to infection. These blisters usually appear in the mouth, throat, lips, and random places on the skin. The disease is also extremely fatal, as 90% of those diagnosed with the disease die due to sepsis, multi-organ failure, or cancer that caused the disease

Oh, and a defintion: we are dying!

by geekles

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. The body's immune system normally makes proteins called antibodies to protect the body against viruses, bacteria and other foreign materials. These foreign materials are called antigens. In an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances (antigens) and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against "self." These antibodies, called "auto-antibodies," react with the "self" antigens to form immune complexes

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Zoie has an autoimmune deficiency and receives monthly life-saving treatment at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.