What are autoimmune disorders?
Autoimmune disorders develop when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your own cells and tissues. The immediate reaction is antibody production in an effort to fight off the perceived attacking cells. Some autoimmune conditions attack a specific organ, while others attack your entire body.
There are a number of different autoimmune disorders. Some of the more common include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Type 1 diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
Determining which condition you have is the first step in creating a treatment plan. Blood work, imaging tests, and a comprehensive review of your personal and family health history are all part of the diagnostic process.
What are some signs I might have an autoimmune disorder?
Knowing what to look for can help you know when to seek treatment for an autoimmune disorder. Some of the symptoms of these conditions include:
- Low grade fever
- Skin rash
- Hair loss
- Aching muscles
- Difficulty concentrating
If you experience these or other troubling changes, come in for a diagnostic workup. Because the symptoms of autoimmune disorders are also common among many other medical conditions, achieving a proper diagnosis requires working with practitioners with the right skills, training, and experience.
What treatments can help with autoimmune disorders?
Fortunately, there are a number of treatments that can help you find relief from autoimmune conditions. It often takes time to find the right course of treatment, so try to be patient as you work with your provider to find the right fit for your needs.
Medications may play a role in your treatment plan. Some drugs work to relieve individual symptoms, while others work by altering the way your immune system responds. For many autoimmune disorders, suppressing your immune system is a good treatment option that delivers lasting results.
Improving your nutrition and reaching a healthy weight can also go a long way toward improving your experience with an autoimmune disease. Sure Success Wellness Center offers nutrition guidance, IV vitamin therapy, and medical weight loss to support your health.
When you’re ready to get started, call Sure Success Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.