Auto-immunity

Auto-immunity

Auto-Immunity – What is it & Why do I need to know about it?

An Autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which primary role is to protect your body against infectious disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system is unable to differentiate self from foreign and attacks healthy human tissue. Depending on the type of autoimmune disease, different parts of the body can be affected including different types of tissues and systems.

At present there are over 80 different known auto-immune conditions, but an auto-immune process itself is extremely common and many people experience this on a day to day basis, which is not considered to have an actual disease, but the early stages of a dysfunctional immune system.

Here is a list of the currently identified AA diseases: 

  • Addison’s disease
  • Agammaglobulinemia
  • Alopecia areata
  • Amyloidosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Anti-GBM/Anti-TBM nephritis
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)
  • Axonal & neuronal neuropathy (AMAN)
  • Behcet’s disease
  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Castleman disease (CD)
  • Celiac disease
  • Chagas disease
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)
  • Churg-Strauss
  • Cicatricial pemphigoid/benign mucosal pemphigoid
  • Cogan’s syndrome
  • Cold agglutinin disease
  • Congenital heart block
  • Coxsackie myocarditis
  • CREST syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Devic’s disease (neuromyelitis optica)
  • Discoid lupus
  • Dressler’s syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
  • Eosinophilic fasciitis
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Essential mixed cryoglobulinemia
  • Evans syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibrosing alveolitis
  • Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)
  • Giant cell myocarditis
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Goodpasture’s syndrome
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Graves’ disease
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP)
  • Herpes gestationis or pemphigoid gestationis (PG)
  • Hypogammalglobulinemia
  • IgA Nephropathy
  • IgG4-related sclerosing disease
  • Inclusion body myositis (IBM)
  • Interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Juvenile diabetes (Type 1 diabetes)
  • Juvenile myositis (JM)
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome
  • Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
  • Lichen planus
  • Lichen sclerosus
  • Ligneous conjunctivitis
  • Linear IgA disease (LAD)
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease chronic
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)
  • Mooren’s ulcer
  • Mucha-Habermann disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myositis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Neuromyelitis optica
  • Neutropenia
  • Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid
  • Optic neuritis
  • Palindromic rheumatism (PR)
  • PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus)
  • Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD)
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
  • Parry Romberg syndrome
  • Pars planitis (peripheral uveitis)
  • Parsonnage-Turner syndrome,
  • Pemphigus
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Perivenous encephalomyelitis
  • Pernicious anemia (PA)
  • POEMS syndrome (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, skin changes)
  • Polyarteritis nodosa
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Postmyocardial infarction syndrome
  • Postpericardiotomy syndrome
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Progesterone dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA)
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Reiter’s syndrome
  • Relapsing polychondritis
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Schmidt syndrome
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Sperm & testicular autoimmunity
  • Stiff person syndrome (SPS)
  • Subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE)
  • Susac’s syndrome
  • Sympathetic ophthalmia (SO)
  • Takayasu’s arteritis
  • Temporal arteritis/Giant cell arteritis
  • Thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)
  • Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS)
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD)
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Vitiligo
  • Wegener’s granulomatosis

No doubt, many of these conditions, you have never heard of before and unfortunetely a few of them familiar, conditions which affect our hormones. When you read that list, it’s no wonder that Auto-immunity is actually the leading cause of death, as it has been identified that an auto-immune response by the white blood cells, attacking the arteries creating heart disease is the primary cause of most heart attacks.

Reversing Auto-Immunity

How long will it take to reverse my Auto-Immune Disease?

We’re all different, the way disease presents within our body and how we respond to treatment, so there is no single answer to this. Healing time will also depend on how long you have had the condition for and the degree of damage which has occurred to your system. If you have just started getting something like Eczema for the last few months, you would expect a minimum of 3 months to address the immune system and heal the gut, but it also depends on the severity of the causing factor of your condition, which are outlined below.

If you are suffering from a more Chronic condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, you would expect a much longer turn around time and with anything, patience, dedication and consistency is important. It is also important to know that some of the damage caused by the process of your immune system attacking your own tissue can be serious

Duration: Minimum 6 months up to several years of maintenance if you have a severe AA disease

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