speaking of inflammation how does one actually measure it? i was told some of my symptoms were from inflammation by an LLMD for over a year and it wasn't anything of the sort it ended up being nerves.
so are there markers via tests or some other quantitative mechanism that measure this?
Rikky- Your LLMD was just guessing. Inflammation and autoimmune are two overused words in my opinion.
How to measure "inflammation"? There are many ways as the word itself is very vague.
As far as measuring autoimmune inflammation in specific organs or body systems, it is correlated with those specific antibody levels -as mentioned in my first comment here. ANA is whole body, others are more specific areas.
When someone says they have autoimmune inflammation.... or says you do without any known elevated antibodies, that statement is pretty much a guess without the proof. Thats the difference between true glutan sensitive and glutan intolerance (antibodies) , or regular hypothyroid vs Hashimoto (antibodies)- some have antibodies, some dont. The ones that dont are not autoimmune. Its a simple difference.
Then there are actual conditions that modern medicine has called autoimmune for years which they have not yet found antibodies for. - In that case, medicine is "guessing" too. Its far from cut and dry. Personally, I like a combination of symptoms and real measurable data, which is why I re-test antibodies on occasion., proof is a good thing if the tools are available.
A relative almost died this summer from a Dr "assuming" autoimmune inflammation with ZERO PROOF. This relative reached out to me in confusion. He almost died from staph bacteria in the heart after the Dr put him on steroids,, ASSUMING it was going to help a no-existent autoimmune condition. Instead it lowered immunity, spread the Staph, slowed the heart and damaged it. So much for assuming.