Is there anyone reading this that may have the auto immune diseases Ankylosing Spondylitis or Reiter's ?
Reiter's syndrome is now often renamed as Reactive
Arthritis. If you live in Northern California and would
be interested in a support group for those suffering and
their loved ones that need understanding or support..
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yes, I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and my son has Reiter's. My mom also had Inflammatory Bowel (Ulcerative Colitis). All three are a part of the same HLA-B27 genetic disease, the other being psoriasis. I do live in NC and would like to know what support group you are referring to. Thanks.
- 4 years ago
Our immune system is a complex network of specialized cells and organs that has evolved to defend the body against attacks by "foreign" invaders, however, when the immune system mistakes self tissues for nonself and mounts an inappropriate attack, the result is an autoimmune disease. There are many different autoimmune diseases. Some examples are Wegener's granulomatosis, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Autoimmune diseases can each affect the body in different ways. For instance, the autoimmune reaction is directed against the brain in multiple sclerosis and the gut in Crohn's disease. In other diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), affected tissues and organs may vary among individuals with the same disease. For reasons not understood, about 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years. Hormones are thought to play a role, because some autoimmune illnesses occur more frequently after menopause, others suddenly improve during pregnancy, with flare-ups occurring after delivery, while still others will get worse during pregnancy. Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. Individually, autoimmune diseases are not very common, with the exception of thyroid disease, diabetes, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, taken as a whole, they represent the fourth-largest cause of disability among women in the United States. Most autoimmune diseases cannot yet be treated directly, but are treated according to symptoms associated with the condition. Doctors may prescribe corticosteroid drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or more powerful immunosuppressant drugs such as cyclophosphamide, methotrexate and azathioprine that suppress the immune response and stop the progression of the disease. Radiation of the lymph nodes and plasmapheresis (a procedure that removes the diseased cells and harmful molecules from the blood circulation) are other ways of treating an autoimmune disease. Boost your immunity naturally by altering your eating and exercise habits. Nutritionists recommend a diet high in fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, brown rice, low-fat dairy products, fish and poultry. A daily multivitamin should be taken. Exercise daily if possible. In all cases when detailed information is required you are advised to consult your doctor or specialist. Hope this is of assistance Matador 89