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Diagnosis of autoimmune diseases is
simple. These diseases present with complaints of fatigue,
tiredness, weakness, pain, stress, anger which often comes in cycles
(remits and relapses) or (waxes and wanes). If your disease comes in
cycles which are days, weeks, months apart then you have a
autoimmune disease process. The autoimmune diseases are
associated with a elevated SED rate or ESR. (Sed Rate is a simple blood test which measures inflammation). C-reactive protein (CRP) is blood test used to measure inflammation & is elevated in autoimmune diseases. Sed rate (ESR) is a simple test and some people have done it at home.
Fibromyalgia is easy to diagnose it present with pain only on the left side of the body and in a similar way early Parkinson will only affect the left side of the body. All diseases are immune mediated.
The human body is the most sensitive machine . Don't depend on diagnostic tests. Most diseases do not show up on the tests. Feel with your fingers and feel the pain, if the patient has a headache then feel the scalp and if the scalp is tender then two things should come to mind either it is a vasculitis like Temporal arteritis or it is a case of Myofacial pain/Fibromyalgia.
CIDP, patients present with a history of weakness, numbness, pain and difficulty in walking. Some patients may have a sudden onset of back pain or neck pain radiating down the extremities. This pain is usually diagnosed as radicular pain (radiating pain or going down the leg). The symptoms of CIDP are usually progressive and may come and go. The patients have difficulty climbing stairs and use their hands to pull themselves upstairs (Diagnostic).
On examination the patients may have weakness in hips and shoulders, loss of deep tendon reflexes (rarely increased or normal). There may be atrophy (shrinkage) of muscles, fasciculation's (twitching) and loss of sensation in the feet and hands.
Some patients present with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease ) like clinical picture. Who have MMF (Multi-Focal Motor neuropathy. As these patients have no sensory loss, but just weakness. These conditions are fully reversible.
The patients may present with a single cranial nerve or peripheral nerve dysfunction. For example, double vision, loss of hearing, ringing in the ear, face dropping on one side, hoarseness, facial pain. They can have weak hand grip, numbness in the hands or feet. Pain in the neck or back .
They may present with abdominal pains, fainting spells while standing up. Burning pain in extremities. Once you have the diagnosis you need to proceed to treatment which can be herbal homeopathic, allopathic or spiritual.
For all diseases being caused by Celiac disease see their
diagnosis at Celiac diagnosis.GBS
For diagnosis of GBS see GBS
diagnosis. The diagnosis of
Laboratory findings for CIDP or Polyneuropathy
The major laboratory tests for CIDP are electrophysiologic studies, CSF examination, and nerve biopsy.
Electrophysiological Tests consist of two parts.
EMG or Electro-Myo-Graphy & NCV or Nerve-conduction-Velocity Please go to next page for more details
In epilepsy the attacks occur in cycles and thus epilepsy is showing its character of an autoimmune disease. Epilepsy is easily reversible if treated as an autoimmune disease.