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Neuropathy: This is a
condition which causes muscle weakness, sensory loss and decreased reflexes due
to a degeneration of the nerves going to the area involved.
Symptoms include a sore tongue, weakness, numbness and tingling in the extremities, jaundice, pale lips and gums and various gastric , cardiac and central nervous symptoms.
includes the replacement of B12 and the treatment of symptoms as they occur.
Polychondritis: (RP) Relapsing polychondritis is an uncommon,
multisystem disease that can be life-threatening, debilitating, and difficult to
diagnose. It is characterized by recurrent, potentially severe, and frightening
episodes of inflammation of cartilaginous tissues. All types of cartilage may be
involved, including the elastic cartilage of the ears and nose, the hyaline
cartilage of peripheral joints, the fibrocartilage at axial sites, and the
cartilage in the tracheobronchial tree. Relapsing polychondritis can also
inflame other proteoglycan-rich structures, such as the eye, heart, blood
vessels, and inner ear. Systemic symptoms (for example, fever, lethargy, and
weight loss) are common, and vasculitis affecting skin or internal organs may
occur. Patients can present with a wide array of painful symptoms that often
pose major diagnostic dilemmas. Because no specific tests for it are available,
relapsing polychondritis must be diagnosed on clinical grounds.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: (RA) Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory type of arthritis that affects the connective tissue in the body. Joint involvement is usually symmetric.
It results from an immune system that has gone awry. It is believed that a trigger of some sort initiates the autoimmune response. Triggers could be a virus, stress or any number of causes. In other words, we inherit the tendency to develop the disease and it lies dormant until activated.
Rheumatoid arthritis can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include joint pain, redness and swelling in joints, morning stiffness, fatigue, fever, and weight loss. RA damages the collagen tissue in the body and there is usually a symmetrical involvement. It can, also, effect the body's major organs such as eyes, heart, lungs, skin, blood and kidneys There are many presenting symptoms of RA.
The disease is usually progressive. Early detection and treatment is necessary to help prevent permanent damage to joints and organs.
Sjogren's Syndrome: (SS)(SJS) Sjogren's is a disorder of the exocrine glands and, often, many major organs. This easiest way to define Sjogren's is to think of moisture and imagine not having enough. The most common areas to be affected are the eyes and the mouth. Unfortunately, a lot of people assume this is a minor disorder. However, Sjogren's can any organ which excretes moisture.
Sjogren's can be primary or seconday. Many times, patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and other autoimmune illnesses develop Sjogren's. Usually, in these instances the disease is not as severe. However, eye involvement, lack of lubricating tears, and mouth involvement, lack of protective saliva can lead to multiple problems. Dryness of the eye can lead to decrease of visual acuity and mouth dryness can lead to dental caries, gum disease, loss of teeth and difficulty swallowing.
Primary Sjogren's can affect multiple organs such as the lungs, kidneys, thyroid, nerves, gastrointestional tract, skin and cardiovascular system. Occasionally primary Sjogren's results in lymphoma.
Dry eyes, mouth, lymph node enlargement, swelling of the parotid glands, extreme fatigue, vaginal dryness, generalized itching, low grade fevers and joint pain may be among the first symptoms.
Treatment is determined by the presenting symptoms, but early detection is crucial.
Tendinitis: Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. Tendons attach muscle to bones. Tendinitis occurs from strain, another musculoskeletal disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, poor posture, abnormal body development or hypermobility.
Ulcerative Colitis: This is a chronic disorder causing inflammation of the mucosa of the colon. It is thought to be caused by an abnormal immune response to food or bacteria. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, often with pus and mucous, abdominal pain, irritability, weight loss, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. Symptoms typically come and go.
Ulcerative colitis can lead to complications which affect multiple body systems such as musculoskeletal problems, arthritis, liver problems, uveitis of the eye, anemia, skin disorders and multiple gastrointestinal problems. It can also lead to colorectal cancer.
Vasculitis: Vasculitis may be any of a broad range of disorders. Basically, it is the inflammation and destruction of blood vessels which result in not allowing the blood to flow through the vessels. There are many, many forms of vasculitis, ranging from mild to severe. It may be a primary disorder or secondary to another illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Treatment depends upon the type of vasculitis involved.
Wegener's Granulomatosis: (WG) This is a severe form of vasculitis (see vaculitis). It seems to prefer the respiratory tract resulting in interstitial lung disease. Other manifestations include kidney disease, arthritis, skin, muscle and nerve involvement. Wegner's generally carries a poor prognosis.
This page was last updated on 04/23/2005