Autoimmune disease happens when the body’s natural defense system can’t tell the difference between your own cells and foreign cells, causing the body to mistakenly attack normal cells. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases that affect a wide range of body parts.
The most common autoimmune diseases in women are:
Symptoms of autoimmune disease may be severe in some people and mild in others. Factors like genetics, personality and environment can affect the symptoms.
Despite the varying types of autoimmune disease, many of them share similar symptoms. Common symptoms of autoimmune disease include:
Many people say it’s hard to get diagnosed, because it is not a straight forward symptomology. You have to have certain symptoms combined with specific blood markers and in some cases, even a tissue biopsy. It’s not just one factor.”
We recommend that you seek treatment if you notice new symptoms. Don’t downplay a sudden change in fatigue level or joint stiffness. Running tests to identify or rule out autoimmune disease can help give you peace of mind.