Autoimmune Disease, Do You Have One?

There are many diseases that are autoimmune diseases. They arise from an over active immune system, that in response goes on to attack our own bodies. Autoimmune diseases are very common. They affect people from all walks of life and are the leading cause of death and disability. There is no known prevention and many diseases are chronic.

There are many diseases that are autoimmune diseases. They arise from an over active immune system, that in response goes on to attack our own bodies. Autoimmune diseases are very common. They affect people from all walks of life and are the leading cause of death and disability. There is no known prevention and many diseases are chronic.

What happens to your body?

The immune system gets to a point where it can no longer tell what’s healthy tissue, blood, bone or skin. It attacks thinking everything is an antigen.

Autoimmune disorder can cause the destruction of body tissue, cause abnormal growth of an organ or change the organs function. Organs and type of tissue involved are commonly red blood cells, blood vessels, connective tissue and all muscles, joints and skin. You can be unlucky enough to have more than one autoimmune disorder at the same time.

Autoimmune-related disorders come in varying degrees. These disorders include some of the following conditions.

Multiple Sclerosis

Lupus erythematosus

Graves disease

Reactive arthritis

Addison’s

Type 1 diabetes

Celiac disease

Psoriasis

Why does it happen?

In a normal bodies defence the white blood cells would be the ones that protect our bodies from harmful substances that enter our bodies, viruses, bacteria, toxins, cancer cells, even the blood or tissues from another person or animal. Our antibodies are waiting ready to move in and destroy whatever is a threat to our wellbeing. In a person with an autoimmune disease the white blood cells of our immune system have gone off track, they no longer just fight the bad guys. They now attack whatever is in their way. The reason for this is not really known. Some think it could have been a childhood illness; maybe a bacterium that the white blood cells had to fight that caused them to go into over drive. Others think certain drugs could have triggered the abnormal response or that a certain gene in the body made them more likely to end up with an autoimmune disorder.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms for any autoimmune disease seem to be endless and most symptoms could point to other diseases as well. Because of the wide range of areas affected in the body, cells, joints, tissues etc it is difficult for doctors to diagnose autoimmune disorder.

However any drastic change in weight either gain or loss, even when you are eating and exercising as you normally do could point to autoimmune disorder.

The same if you seem to have a fever a lot of the time, fevers are our body’s way of fighting infection and because the body’s immune system is over active fighting a perceived attack, fevers will be commonplace.

Also pain, sensitivity and tenderness thorough out the body, Joints, muscles and skin. The pain arises from the body attacking it’s self.

Brain fog is also very common as is high blood pressure, dizziness and numbness in varying parts of the body.

Changes in behavioural patterns such as sleeping badly, mood swings, loss of sexual desire, could all stem from autoimmune disorder.

Gastric complaints such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, bloating, wind.

If you have any recurrent unexplained symptoms such as above it would be wise to see your doctor for diagnosis and any possible treatment.

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