Functional medicine is uniquely suited for the treatment of autoimmune conditions.
Extreme tiredness is one of the most common signs of an autoimmune condition. This is more than just feeling a bit tired though; it’s the type of fatigue that feels like it’s set into your bones and doesn’t seem to improve, no matter how much sleep you get.
Muscular and joint pain is another symptom of many autoimmune conditions and can stem from inflammation. A burning feeling in the joints and sore muscles (that aren’t linked to exercise or overexertion) can be linked to this.
If you have chronic muscular and joint pain or you experience it in random flares with no obvious pattern (you’ve not been overdoing the exercise, for example), it could potentially be another warning sign.
Low immunity and always getting sick can be another warning sign of autoimmune disease. Common colds and viruses are the obvious one to think about but this can also extend to yeast infections, sinus problems and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), for example. Typically, it will take longer to get better compared to someone who doesn’t have autoimmune disease.
Chronic digestive problems are another common symptom of autoimmune conditions and not just ones that affect the gut. Leaky Gut Syndrome is now thought to underpin a lot of autoimmune conditions and causes digestive problems. Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas and stomach cramps can be linked to this. Brain fog and having difficulty concentrating can be a symptom of some autoimmune conditions.
Weight Changes: Unexpected changes in your weight can also be a byproduct of autoimmune disease. Weight loss when you’re not dieting can be linked to celiac disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Grave’s Disease, to name but a few of the autoimmune conditions that can be involved. Weight gain can be a factor in autoimmune disease and often goes hand in hand with fatigue.
Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet (and sometimes, elsewhere in the body) can be part of an immune response.
Noticed more hair coming out when you wash or brush it?
Nutrition and hormone changes can be culprits but hair loss can also sometimes be a sign of autoimmune disease. Alopecia areata is an obvious one given that it is characterized by hair loss but other autoimmune conditions can result in hair loss too.
If you’re nodding “yes” to a lot of these issues, it’s worth speaking to your doctor about the possibility of autoimmune disease.
Lupus symptoms can range from pretty mild to very debilitating, depending on how badly you’re affected. It’s not uncommon for symptoms to flare up and then die down again for a while, why is one reason why lupus can be difficult to diagnose in the early days.
Some of the signs of lupus can include:
•Breathing problems, including pain when you breathe in.
•Skin rashes, particularly a “butterfly” rash over the bridge of the nose and cheeks that may precede a flare up or appear after being out in the sun
•Kidney problems and kidney inflammation
•Digestive and gastrointestinal problems
• Dry mouth and eyes
Fibromyalgia symptoms can often be dismissed as arthritis but it’s now thought that the condition starts in the central nervous system, rather than the joints.
Some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia can include:
•Sensitivity to touch and feeling pain when anything makes contact with your skin
•Tingling and numbness
•Changes in the way your muscles and joints work after moving between temperatures e.g. getting a stiff neck or headaches after going out into the cold from being in a warm room or vice versa
•Abdominal pain, digestive problems and/or changes in bowel habits
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