A disease in which impaired function and the destruction of tissue are caused by an immune reaction in which abnormal antibodies are produced and attack the body's own cells and tissues. Autoimmune diseases include a wide variety of disorders, including many disorders of connective tissue, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.
New tests for diagnostically important auto antibodies have been discovered. Corticosteroids are used to reduce inflammation, and anticancer drugs that kill rapidly dividing cells are used to deplete activated cells in the immune system. The most promising new drugs consist of genetically engineered monoclonal antibodies that block just one part of the immune system. By selectively shutting down the part of the immune system involved in the autoimmune response, the drugs allow some people to see dramatic improvement in their symptoms with minimal side effects.
The 18 Signs
Muscle and Joint Pain
Weight Loss or Gain
Low Blood Sugar
This has lead many to believe that the cause or symptoms can lay dormant in the human body until triggered. Even the exact cause or trigger can go undetected throughout a person's life. Because of this the average human being will no doubt experience the symptoms but will be unaware of what the cause is until it is too late.
Anxiety and Depression
Low Grade Fever
Blood Pressure Changes
At this time there are 80 to 100 known autoimmune diseases, with at least 40 suspect diseases. They are chronic and can be life threatening. They usually last a lifetime. The vast majority of those afflicted are under the age of 35 when first diagnosed. Most people can go there entire lives, and never have any signs or symptoms.
The average person is unaware that an autoimmune disease even exist. Because of this, the signs and symptoms listed above can often go undetected or misdiagnosed.
The R. A. A. I. D. Signs & Symptoms Checker is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is for information, and educational awareness of autoimmune diseases only. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on our site. Always consult a certified health care provider in regards to any signs or symptoms.
1. Extreme Fatigue - Fatigue is one of the primary universal signs mentioned by all sufferers of autoimmune disease.
2. Muscle and Joint Pain - These signs come in second. The symptoms can often be overlooked and later found in almost every autoimmune disease.
3. Muscle Weakness - Feeling weak is a common symptom that everyone feels. But this is also found to be a common trait.
4. Swollen Glands - The throat area, under the arms, and at the top of the legs in the groin area. Glands can also be mistaken or misdiagnosed.
5. Inflammation - As inflammation is a everyday occurrence in autoimmune disorders the pain that comes along with it can very often be chronic.
6. Susceptibility to Infections - With an Autoimmune disease you experience common colds, bladder infections, ear infections, sore throat, and sinus problems. The list does not stop there. Your immune system is vulnerable as it is attacked daily.
7. Sleep Disturbances - Many people complain of insomnia or trouble falling asleep. Sleeping to much has also been mention by many as a common sign.
8. Weight Loss/Weight Gain - Changes in weight are very common. 100 lbs. can be gained within months due to medications such as Prednisone.
9. Low Blood Sugar - Another common sign in autoimmune disease is hypoglycemia.
10. Blood Pressure Changes - Most people have low blood pressure, while there are some that have high blood pressure. Feelings or dizziness or vertigo, fainting, palpitations and fluctuations in heart rate.
11. Candida Yeast Infections - Virtually all autoimmune diseases have this in common. It can appear as a digestive disturbances. Or even as a sinus infections, vaginal yeast infections or thrush.
12. Allergies - There are numerous problems with food, processed chemicals, environmental allergies and sensitivities.
13. Digestive Problems - Abdominal pain, bloating, tenderness, heartburn, cramps, constipation, diarrhea and excessive gas. Very common to quite a few autoimmune diseases.
14. Anxiety & Depression - Mood swings, emotional changes, panic attacks, and excessive irritability. Very common in most autoimmune disorders.
15. Memory Problems - Commonly known as "brain fog". It appears to be a problem in numerous disorders.
16. Thyroid Problems - Some people suffer from hypothyroidism, while others are faced with a hyperthyroid. A typical thyroid test may not show these signs.
17. Headaches - Many have complained of migraines or severe headaches. This is often overlooked until a diagnosis is determined in some people.
18. Low Grade Fevers - This is very common, with some people experiencing this every day.
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