I dedicate this to those who have an autoimmune disorder. I get asked often what exactly is an autoimmune disorder? It is a complicated process. Autoimmune diseases are disorders that occur when the immune response acts against the healthy tissues in the body by mistake. In other words, the body attacks itself; the immune system is unable to differentiate between healthy tissues and foreign invaders.
I was diagnosed with Lambert-Eaton Mysathenic Syndrome (LEMS) over seven years ago. It is a rare autoimmune disorder, often caused by a malignancy. I developed LEMS after a bout with breast cancer eight years ago.
Today, I went to visit my neurologist. My physical exam was all right. Apparently, physically my arms and legs weren’t that weak. The rituxan infusions are helping, which they should do. The doctor did not recommend changing infusions though. There may be another treatment available. He sent me for bloodwork today. I should know the results by Friday or by Monday.
There is a problem though. I’ve been having symptoms of dry eyes and dry mouth, inflammation in the joints, swollen feet and joint pain. According to the doctor, it may be another autoimmune condition. He threw out names, such as Sjogren Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus. I don’t know at this point.
What causes Sjogren Syndrome? The doctor said most likely I have a genetic predisposition to autoimmune diseases. There are some congential factors. There are treatments though. The results of the bloodwork will tell which direction to go in. If not another autoimmune condition, he will refer me for an MRI on the upper spine (cervical).
For more information on autoimmune disorders or conditions, please see MedlinePlus. According to them, there are more than 80 autoimmune conditions. I have the link below. Please cut and paste to open link.