what does "autoimmune" mean to you

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   Posted 3/3/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
autoimmune to me is medical jargon for "don't know" ulcers were autoimmune until 10 years ago
bob beddow
13 year old son diagnosed at 9,
one month of pred at beginning 
2 years of immuran ineffective
SCD seems to be helping(less pain gained 3 pounds in three weeks)

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   Posted 3/3/2010 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Autoimmunity is where the immune system recognises a self antigen and starts attacking its own cells and organs.  There are many diseases which are autoimmune in origin such as Type 1 diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Graves disease.  Crohn's disease is NOT an immune disease as no self antigen has ever been found and this is supported by many gastroenterologists, it's more likely that Crohn's is some sort of infectious agent. 

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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
To sum it up, to me autoimmune means my body attacking itself, and no cure thus far.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.

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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
see type V hypersensitivity on the scale
The mediators are IgM, IgG and/or the complement immune system.
generally there are 3 classical, alternative-complement and the mannose pathway sytems

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   Posted 3/3/2010 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
It means my body is screwing up and making me miserable! turn   smhair
It means my body doesn't know its fanny from a hole in the ground. yeah

My computer says I need to upgrade my brain to be compatible with its new software.

Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 3/3/2010 7:09:14 PM (GMT-7)

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