This has been bothering me for some time… When I was first diagnosed with both Ménière’s and Lichen Sclerosis, they were considered autoimmune. Now though that may be one cause, there are other things that might cause them.
What is an autoimmune disease? It’s when your antibodies that are supposed to protect you from illnesses attacks your healthy cells.
Harvard defined it as, “The term Autoimmune Disease is used to describe conditions in which the body’s immune system – which is supposed to be defending the body against viruses, bacteria and other invaders – is thought to be involved in causing or perpetuating illness. It’s as if the body’s defense system has turned on its host.”
If it’s confusing to the medical community, no wonder it’s confusing to me. I see in the Ménière’s communities that people believe theirs is caused by head injuries, ear infections, exposure to loud noises and other things. Still others like me believe ours is autoimmune. Indeed if you have autoimmune diseases such as Lupus or MS, then it’s highly likely that your other conditions are autoimmune. My ANA tested positive, but I have no diagnosis of Lupus, because the doctor didn’t see skin involvement.
As my doctor at the time of all these symptoms/illness said, we’ll just treat one symptom at a time. I wish something would help consistently for some of my issues. Unfortunately, our bodies become immune to treatments. We need cures, not treatments.
I don’t worry about the distinction of what caused my issues, but I am puzzled!
I hope you are spin free!
Love, Peace and Light!