Sometimes you need to get out of ‘yourself.’ Sometimes, you just want to see what you can do to help someone else. Sometimes a friend or family member is stricken and you feel powerless to do anything to help. For whatever reason, you have volunteered and are part of a clinical trial which studies an orphan disease. Congratulations!Hits : 80
Rheumatoid arthritis is an uncommon form of arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your immune system attacks the lining of your joints. This causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and redness that can move to any joint, at any time. You may also have other symptoms like feeling tired or having a fever. Better treatment options are needed for people who suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Right now, local doctors are looking for people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis to participate in local research studies. Click the link below to learn more:
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The Importance of Alcohol Addiction Recovery and the Impact of Alcohol on the Immune System
Normally, our immune systems attack and kill invading cells; thereby keeping us safe from infection and disease. But, in autoimmune diseases, peoples’ immune systems attack the healthy cells of the body, not just foreign invading cells. Why does this happen ?
Many theories abound about the cause of autoimmune diseases; one theory is that there is a familial link. There are over 80 types of autoimmune diseases, some having similar symptoms, but they are each unique.
When you have an autoimmune disease, lifestyle changes need to be made, particularly to your diet. Why? Immune function fluctuates greatly depending upon the body’s nutritional status. People give up gluten, sugar, and dairy because of their negative impact on well-being. Some are able to have an occasional serving of alcohol without ending up in crippling discomfort. But, the alcoholic is unable to stop at that one drink and the amount of alcohol consumed by someone with an alcohol addiction is decidedly dangerous.
In addition to the health risks associated with alcohol dependence and addiction, patients who have as autoimmune diseases face a series of specific consequences that can jeopardize their health and therefore can make worse an already uncomfortable condition. For this reason (among others), people with an autoimmune disease who also have an addiction have to seek out addiction treatment as soon as possible.
Alcohol Directly Affects Your Immune System
Your immune system has specialized cells called “natural killer cells” whose affects are decreased when alcohol is consumed. It is the job of these killer cells to bind to cells infected by viruses and kill them. They do this quite nicely when alcohol isn’t present in the bloodstream; this ability is diminished in effectiveness when alcohol is involved.
Your Autoimmune Disease Makes You Particularly Sensitive to a Leaky Gut
All people who suffer from an autoimmune disease are prone to developing what is called a ‘leaky gut.’ In leaky gut, the consumption of alcohol in large amounts has quite an effect on the gut’s permeability. Because of this, there is an increase in substances that leak out of the gut. These substances trigger the immune response of inflammation and, in addition, harm the liver.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment Is an Ideal Solution
Even moderate amounts of alcohol affect the immune system, but the large-scale usage that accompanies an alcohol addiction exacerbates these issues. So, a person with an autoimmune disease will not only have the physical consequences of drinking (for example, the poor decision-making and hangovers), they will also have to deal with acute inflammation, increased illness, and inability to heal.
The ‘social drinker’ is likely to be able to make the choice to stop drinking, but the true addict will continue drinking- because their need to drink is so compulsive. If you are abusing alcohol, you know this to be the case. Because the use is compulsive and there are so many health concerns involved, cutting back using ’will-power’ alone is unlikely to be effective. Instead, it is best to look for a professional, qualified
alcohol abuse treatment center .Below we’ll briefly discuss what you ought to expect from a treatment program as well as some things to look for.
Look for a Dual Diagnosis Program
When a person has one or more diseases or conditions in addition to an addiction, they are termed co-morbid, or co-occurring. So, your specific autoimmune disease would be a co-morbid condition to your alcohol addiction. So, in obtaining treatment,you should search for an addiction treatment program that can address BOTH of your conditions. These are called dual diagnosis programs.
Because alcoholism impacts your autoimmune disease and the reverse is also true, treating one will affect the other. Ideally, both should be treated simultaneously, which requires that you attend a rehab program which is capable of properly addressing both your autoimmune disease and your addiction. Most centers will be perfectly prepared to treat alcohol addiction, but you need a specialized medical staff in order to make sure your autoimmune disease is correctly treated: This would be a dual diagnosis program.
Here, you should find should medical doctors on the staff who are knowledgeable about your particular autoimmune disease and its care. They can help prescribe appropriate medications, administer treatments, and design a diet that will limit the amount of discomfort you experience during rehab. They ought also to know the particulars of alcoholism and how it is affected by autoimumme disease. However, don’t assume this is the case. Be sure to ask questions of all potential dual diagnosis programs before choosing one.
As you transition from alcohol detox into proper treatment, your immune system will begin strengthening. Continuing to abstain will help to reverse some of the negative effects. Greater healing will take some time. It will also be necessary to accept that damage to your liver or kidneys may never be completely reversed. For this reason, it is critical that you seek out treatment as soon as possible.
Sylvia Maynard is a writer with a background in immunology. She worked as a nurse in acute care for patients with renal failure. Now, she works with those who suffer from autoimmune diseases to help them better their overall health and to live full lives. She is currently studying the paleo diet and its applicability for people with an autoimmune disease.
Every day I read a bit more about clinical trials and how they can improve lives. Well, THEY CAN! People like to help and are excited about the fact that they might be part of something that is can make a difference in peoples lives. People don’t like the feeling of powerlessness that they feel when they can’t change things, make things better. They feel strongly that if if doctors can’t make patients feel better, they might be able to. They don’t feel quite as powerless if they join a clinical trial which might help doctors shed light on what makes patients sick. There are many clinical trials in which patients participate and take advantage of, too. It is under this section head that I will be posting studies that may interest you and may be in your areas. Most reimburse for your time and travel.
What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are research studies, designed to answer specific health questions about a particular illness. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest way and the safest way to find ing moreaeffective treatments for diseases.
There are also interventional trials which determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using old treatments are safe and effective. Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in natural settings.
Different types of clinical trials? There’s more than one?
- treatment trials are as described. They test new treatments, new combinations of drugs, or new approaches to surgery or possibly radiation therapy. This is what most people think of when hearing the term
- Prevention clinical trials look for better ways to ‘prevent’ a certain disease:
- in people who have never had the disease
- to prevent a disease from returnin
- These approaches may include medicines, vitamins, vaccines, minerals, or lifestyle changes
- Diagnostic clinical trials are conducted to find better tests or procedures for diagnosing a particular disease or condition.
- Screening clinical trials test the best way to detect certain diseases or health conditions.
- Quality of Life clinical trials (or Supportive Care trials) explore ways to improve comfort and the quality to life if the disease is too far advanced to benefit from curative clinical trials, but the course can be altered by palliative efforts.
I learned a bit more about clinical trials this week: Until now, I thought that in clinical trials, some patients were offered an experimental med that could help them while other patients got a placebo, or ‘sugar pill.’ That’s it, the old either/OR! Some patients get the study drug that has the potential to save them, other’s don’t. That is it, end of story:
NOT. This week, I found out that in most studies, you still get the treatment you’ve been getting all along. But, in clinical trials some patients are given the trial med IN ADDITION to their regular med/s. Others receive a placebo IN ADDITION to their regular med/s. Now, when I enter a clinical trial if I’m accepted, I sure as heck hope I am given the ‘real deal’ but if not, there are other reasons!
She proposed treating me with either high-dose IV steroids or immunoglobulins because the inflammation and viral activity in my blood was so great. She chose IVig instead of steroids, because steroids would suppress my immune system enough, so that fighting infection would be a problem.
The immunoglobulins would be given to me through an intravenous line. Having learned about immunoglobulins years ago in nursing school, there was no time like the present for a brusher upper! Briefly put, immunoglobulins are proteins found in the blood that are used to fight viruses and bacteria.
Because immunoglobulins are heavy, they require much volume for infusion. Because my doctor needed to know if I could tolerate the volume for the infusion, a right heart catheterization was to be done. In this procedure, a catheter would be placed in my neck, threaded through the heart and lungs and measurements taken in various places of the heart and lungs to help determine if I would be able to tolerate the volume of the immunoglobulins.
So, should steroids be used to treat the lupus and its massive inflammation or immunoglobulins to treat the antibody deficiency? I opted for, and the doctors felt the latter stood a better chance of being effective against the known culprit of Sjogren’s Syndrome. Stay tuned to this channel for the effectiveness of IVig.
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