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Examples of autoimmune diseases?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by tymaxtess, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. tymaxtess

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    Just wondering if we could make a list of autoimmune diseases? When we took Tessa to the endo they asked if there was any Diabetes or other autoimmune diseases in the family, but didn't really tell us what they were looking for.

    Now I was reading another thread and I think there are more than I realized in our family. My dh has 2 first cousins with type 1 and an aunt with Crohn's Disease. I have hypothyroidism. There are probably more. Does it matter if you have autoimmune diseases in the family? Is there any connection between type 1 and type 2 in the family?
     
  2. Twinklet

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    Let's see here. I'll think of a few, besides T1D and hypothyroidism:

    rheumatoid arthritis
    Lupus
    Sjogren's syndrome
    MS
    Addison's disease
    Myesthenia Gravis


    I know there are others....
     
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    There are a lot of autoimmune diseases. Just a few more I can think of, other than what has already been mentioned are:

    Scleroderma
    Autoimmune hepatitis
    Ulcerative colitis
    Polymyositis
    Psoriasis
    Guillain-Barre Syndrome
    Sarcoidosis
     
  4. tymaxtess

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    My husband's father has sarcoidosis (Tessa's grandpa)
    My father has prediabetes (Tessa's other grandpa)
    My grandfather had diabetes (presumably Type 2, but maybe MODY)
    I have hypothyroidism
    DH's 2 first cousins have Type 1 Diabetes
    DH's aunt had Crohn's disease (Tessa's great aunt)

    That is a pretty decent list. I don't know if Type 2 Diabetes has any connection with Type 1 though.
     
  5. sam1nat2

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    I have grave's disease which is hyperactive thyroid. Hypo thyroid from my understanding is not autoimmune in most cases.

    There are so many more auto immunes out there, sometimes they go undetected.
    Allergies are an immune issue.
    I had recurrent miscarriages and was diagnosed with ACA, APA's (different antibodies which can cause clotting issues) As of right now I have no symptoms of anything, pretty much just an auto immune disease that effects pg.

    ANA blood tests I believe can show if there is something "immune" going on, however it does not mean something serious, many people are elevated and are just fine.

    Endos are great for autoimmune diseases relating to endocrine system, however there are many others affecting other areas of the body. I believe there are specialists that concentrate in immune system issues. National Jewish Hospital in Denver is a leader in allergy and immunology related issues.
     
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    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is what is associated with T1D and is autoimmune in nature. My dd was diagnosed with it at the same time as T1D and is now on Synthroid. :(
     
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    If you go to Wikipedia, they have a very comprehensive list:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_autoimmune_diseases


    The list is broken into two parts:
    Accepted
    Diseases with a complete or partial autoimmune etiology

    Suspected
    Diseases suspected to be linked to autoimmunity are

    It's very interesting
     
  8. tymaxtess

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    Double post--sorry!
     
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    I have hypothyroidism, but never got a "reason" for it. Probably not autoimmune related then but they never did any tests to see why my thyroid numbers were low.

    This whole autoimmune thing has me thinking about so much. Apparently the thinking behind dairy allergies and type 1 is related to an autoimmune process too. We also have TONS of allergies in our family and I know that is a similar system.

    What about Meniere's Disease? Is that autoimmune? Tessa's grandma has that. Her uncle also had Hodgkin's Disease, which is cancer of the lymph system and that, of course, is part of the body's immune system.
     
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    Celiac is also autoimmune.

    I didn't know T2D was considered autoimmune? Is it?
     
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    If you go to Wikipedia, they have a very comprehensive list:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_autoimmune_diseases


    The list is broken into two parts:
    Accepted
    Diseases with a complete or partial autoimmune etiology

    Suspected
    Diseases suspected to be linked to autoimmunity are

    It's very interesting, I never knew there were so many related conditions/diseases.
     
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    I have ulcerative colitis and we think that may be how Reese got stuck with D. Autoimmune disorders don't always crop up in the same form.
     
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    type 2 is not autoimmune, but if you have a relative who was diagnosed at age 40, and needed insulin about a year after diagnosis, then that person might have type 1 (or 1.5) and just have been assumed to have type 2.
     
  14. tymaxtess

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    that describes my grandfather perfectly!
     
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    Has she ever been tested for celiac? Has it ever been mentioned or suspected by her doctors? If not, it may be a test worth asking to get tested for. Most endo's do annual test with type 1 patients. It was once considered to be a rare disease, but has become on of the most "undiagnosed" diseases today.

    I REALLY hope you find out what is going on soon, I can sense your frustration of the "not knowing."

    PLease continue to keep us updated.
     
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    Nope--but I have been wondering about it. The elimination of milk from her diet has not helped her itchiness or stomach aches, so it has got me speculating even more about other things. I wouldn't even know where to start though with eliminating gluten from her diet!
     
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    I have ulcerative colitis, but never knew it was an autoimmune disease, guess that is how D was passed on to Dylan. And our endo never asked us if anyone else had any autoimmune diseases; I guess even if he did I wouldn't have known colitis was one.
     
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    In our family of five, only one person has not been diagnosed with a significant autoimmune disorder.

    1 person has Still's Disease (very uncommon)
    1 person has Grave's Disease
    2 people have Type 1

    also

    2 siblings of one parent have Rosacea

    and

    1 grandparent has Type 1 (or 1.5; onset at 60)
    1 grandparent has Raynaud's (may be associated with autoimmune conditions)
    1 grandparent has RA or similar
     
  19. Beach bum

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    If you suspect the possibility of Celiac, DO NOT eliminate gluten from the diet! It will invalidate all tests.
     
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    I checked Wikipedia, here is some information you may find useful.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_autoimmune_diseases
     

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