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I wonder if there will ever be cures for auto-immune conditions?

Asked by Sandydog (1263points) January 20th, 2010 from iPhone

I have an auto-immune condition called Pernicious Anemia,where the body attacks itself. In its case the “cure” is a regular injection of vitamin B12 which is done in the muscle for slow release.
If I didnt get these injections I would get very ill or even die.
I know there are lots more auto-immune conditions out there and was wondering if any real cures for these will ever be found? For a cure you need to find a cause and I dont even know if anyone really knows what prompts the human body to attack itself?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I wish.Have hope dear :)<hugs>

marinelife's avatar

There is a tremendous amount of reseach going on involving autoimmune conditions. See the list of Clinical Trials.

Harp's avatar

It’s not a cure, but I recently heard of some surprising results using hookworms and related parasites to treat some autoimmune diseases. Works better on some diseases than others, but it often works much better than conventional treatments.

shilolo's avatar

Unfortunately, with autoimmune diseases, once they’ve materialized, the cat is out of the bag. There are many treatments such as steroids or TNF-antagonists to put the conditions into remission, but they aren’t definitively cured.

Sandydog's avatar

Thanks Marina for that list.
Im a member of the PA society here in England and we’re trying to get research going into PA specifically.
Good to see all that research !!

faye's avatar

I didn’t see osteoarthritis on either list sigh

shilolo's avatar

Osteoarthritis is not an autoimmune condition. As I said above, it will be exceedingly difficult to cure autoimmune diseases (and other degenerative diseases) given the nature of the diseases.

faye's avatar

I think there is some thought that OA is autoimmune. Our bodies eating up our cartilage to be oversimplistic. I read a lot of forums and discussions re this issue.

shilolo's avatar

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease. Our bodies did not evolve to last as long as they do and the cartilage takes a huge beating. Just like all machines wear down, the human body (a highly complex machine) also wears down.

faye's avatar

I know it is degenerative, @shilolo and, of course you have more medical knowledge. There is some investigation re early onset, before the parts were worn out from use or injury.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I was involved with a team of dedicated physicians and scientists who are working hard to solve the puzzle of a wide variety of auto-immune diseases. I had to retire due to disabilities arising from a motor vehicle crash, but their research and the work of other research teams continue. In time, we will be able to detect and treat these diseases at the earliest possible stage and offer genetic counseling to couples at risk for having children likely to be affected by these diseases.

Lovethesun's avatar

Wow, I found out the last year I had the same. I want to share my story…

I felt very week and depressed for two years. And it became worse and worse. I lost a lot of weight, and I lost my appetite, the doctors tought I was anorexic. Now I know it is a symptom of B12 deficiency. To make matters worse, I had no energy, like absolutely none. I tried to live the best I could. Not knowing that my organs were slowing down, I had almost no balance. I felt so week, that one noght I was not sure if I would make it trough the night. The next day my doctor took a bloodtest. She called me the next day, I had to come immediately. I could barely walk or stand up straight. I was rushed to the emergency room in a weelchair and had to stay in the hospital for two weeks. It was so scary!

It will not be healed by itself. But maybe your doctor can learn you to give you your injections yourself. I am still trying to find out how much and how often I need my shot. How often do you get them? Houw do you feel now?

I reacted a little late, hopefully you will still read this.

English is not my first language, hopefully my spelling is correct.

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