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- n. any of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues
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In focusing on Crohn’s, Wakefield had chosen a disease whose precise etiology has never been established, although then, as now, the vast majority of evidence indicated that it is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to incorrectly identify partially digested food as invasive matter.
Ultimately—through a combination of my own research, questions to the nurse, and specific questions to the doctor fed through my mom—I learned that my ITP was an autoimmune disorder in which my own body made antibodies against my platelets, essentially attacking them.
They are also healthier than most, except perhaps for the fact that Becky has Raynaud’s disease, a quite mild autoimmune disorder that causes her fingers to turn white and cold from lack of circulation.
Known as arachnoiditis, this devastating autoimmune disorder can lead to paralysis in the legs and turn life threatening as it attacks nerves throughout the lower organs of the body, even shutting down the bladder and bowels.