Polymyalgia rheumatica is a disease of the elderly that can cause great difficulty in managing day to day activities.
Spondyloarthritis is a group of similar diseases that affect the spine and other joints in the body. There is a juvenile version that has all the similarities of the adult varieties.
Those who have RA frequently have a second and maybe a third autoimmune disease. Sjogren’s syndrome is often that second disease.
Celiac’s disease is another autoimmune disease. This is the disease where gluten stimulates inflammation and damage to the small intestine.
IBD, inflammatory bowel disease is composed of two diseases: Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis.
MS usually affects those who live in the colder northern countries. I was born in the border town of Fort Covington, just a walk down the street to Canada. And then I grew up in another nearby border town. In the winters our temperature dropped below freezing and stayed there until March. My mom was Irish and my dad French Canadian. My brother was just like me. MS usually starts somewhere between 20-50 years. Just like RA there is an elderly onset MS striking those age 60 and above. Children also develop MS. MS is an autoimmune disease where the T cells of our immune system think the cells of the myelin sheath, the nerve covering, is foreign and must be attacked. This arbitrary attack affects the brain, spinal cord and the optic nerve and creates a a variety of symptoms. More women than men have MS. Genetics play a role. MS interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Walking becomes difficult. Hands may lose their grip. …
Spondylo means vertebrae or bones in your back. So, you can see that AS affects the spine. With the progression of disease, the vertebral joints fuse causing the spine to be stiff. AS affects the areas where the joint capsules, tendons and ligaments attach to the bones. Pain and swelling occur along these “hotspots”. The lower back, the sacroiliac joints, the cervical spine, pelvic bones, the rib joints and the heel. Classic AS involvement. Many other joints can be involved. The joints of the hip, shoulder, and knee are commonly involved. Involvement of fingers, toes, wrists and jaw, although possible, is not common. It is a disease of younger people (teen-40s) usually. It is common in men, but science is learning that women have AS frequently, too. It is a major cause of low back pain. It is an inherited disease. There are many genes involve. The gene HLA-B27 is present in 90% of those who have AS. As in many cases an environmental trigger like an infection activates the genes involved. AS belongs to …