It’s estimated that autoimmune conditions affect over 50 million Americans (source). In comparison, cancer affects up to 9 million and heart disease up to 22 million.
These conditions occur when the body’s ability to tell the difference between self and nonself is hampered. The body creates autoantibodies that attack your normal healthy cells by mistake.
Although anyone can be at risk for developing an autoimmune disease or disorder, certain people are at a higher risk.
For example, the following groups would be wise to pay close attention to possible symptoms…
- Women of childbearing age.
- People with a family history of autoimmune disease.
- People who are exposed to certain things in their environment (e.g., sunlight, solvents, and viral and bacterial infections).
- People of certain races or ethnic backgrounds. For instance, type 1 diabetes is more common in Caucasian demographics, and lupus is most severe for African-American and Hispanic demographics.
Getting diagnosed and subsequently learning how to treat or manage autoimmune diseases sooner rather than later is key.
Although there are many symptoms that differ from one autoimmune disease to another, pay attention to the following symptoms if you experience them regularly…
#1 Heat or Cold Intolerance
Perhaps you find yourself complaining of feeling cold when others around you are fine or even too warm, and no matter how many layers you add, you still feel cold.
Or perhaps you often feel overheated when others don’t, and experience heavy sweating, weakness, or dizziness that takes a while to recover from.
Certain autoimmune conditions that affect the thyroid, such as Graves’ Disease or multiple sclerosis, have an effect on your body’s ability to regulate temperature.
#2 Weight Fluctuations
Although various autoimmune symptoms vary between specific diseases, one common sign between a majority of the disorders in this category is fluctuations in weight.
For example, people with type 1 diabetes often experience unexplained weight loss due to the fact that insulin plays a role in how your body stores and uses glucose.
Several autoimmune diseases affect the functioning of the thyroid, which regulates many things, including metabolism.
People with an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) have a thyroid that slows down, and they end up gaining weight. On the flip side, people with an overactive thyroid, which is often caused by Graves’ disease, will have a hard time keeping weight on.
If you notice a dramatic increase or decrease on the scale, with no clear reason why, it may be worth making a visit to your doctor.
#3 Difficulty Concentrating
In our busy lives, it’s easy to feel fatigued and lose focus every now and then.
However, if you find yourself suddenly experiencing a persistent brain fog that comes along with the following problems, it could mean something more is at play…
- The inability to pay attention.
- The inability to remember information.
- Difficulty with problem solving and critical thinking.
- Trouble coordinating hand-eye movements.
Lupus and multiple sclerosis are two such diseases that cause its sufferers to experience a brain fog. Learning about the other symptoms associated with these disorders can help you decide whether a visit to the doctor might be warranted.
Symptoms for autoimmune disorders can be seemingly unrelated to one another, so I recommend listing everything out of the ordinary that you’ve noticed in your body to give to your doctor.
The sooner you receive a diagnosis, the sooner you can take the steps to treat or provide relief for any conditions you may have.
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