5 signs you have an autoimmune condition.

5 signs of autoimmune condition

What Exactly Is an Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmunity is the presence of antibodies (made by B lymphocytes or T lymphocytes) directed against the human body. If you have an autoimmune disease, the immune system becomes confused and mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It’s better to treat than to ignore as autoimmune conditions require modulation and regulation. If left untreated, the damage can become irreversible.

Researchers have discovered more than one hundred different types of autoimmune disorders, including Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Celiac disease, to name a few of the most common ones.

Whilst some autoimmune conditions have a clear pathway to diagnosis, some are less understood, hard to diagnose but more common than you would think, such as Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune condition of the thyroid, it causes havoc between organ systems and can even make getting pregnant difficult.

The body has a unique way of communicating with your brain and often sends signals telling you that your body is under attack and that there is a possibility that an autoimmune condition is creeping in. By listening to the body, you have the potential to identify problems sooner than later.

Here are 5 signs you have an autoimmune condition and some things you should watch out for:

Vision Changes: Always check for things like redness, sensitivity to light, dry eye or a general discomfort. Even floaters could be a clue. All of these might hint at conditions like uveitis or optic neuritis, which can be linked to autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. 

A B12 deficiency can cause blurred vision and could be a hint that your thyroid is not working efficiently, it requires B12 and Vitamin D for optimal functioning.

Digestive Problems: Pain, bloating, or irregular bowel movements could be more than just a passing discomfort. Autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis often make themselves known through the digestive system.  Do you bloat after eating?

The Thyroid controls metabolism and every cell in the body has its own metabolism so if something within your body doesn’t feel right it’s possible that it’s not.

Muscle Weakness: This can be one of the first signs that your body’s defence system is mistakenly attacking its own tissues. This weakness can manifest in various ways, from feeling fatigued after simple tasks to struggling with routine movements like walking upstairs or lifting objects. Sometimes it’s easy to shrug off as just being tired or overworked, if it hangs around for too long, it’s a sign that things are out of kilter or a sign of an autoimmune issue such as myasthenia gravis or Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Cognitive Dysfunction: Trouble concentrating, moments of brain fog, poor focus and memory lapses, can feel like you’re losing your mind. These cognitive glitches could be linked to autoimmune conditions messing with your nervous system. Conditions like multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s and lupus often show up with these kinds of symptoms.

Skin Changes:  The skin is the largest organ and most outer layer, it can be a window into what’s going on inside, eczema, toenail fungus, rashes, dryness or changes in pigmentation, could be your body’s way of telling you something’s up. Autoimmune conditions like scleroderma,  psoriasis and dermatomyositis often leave their mark.

Your body knows how to communicate when something’s not right. If any of these signs sound familiar, it might be worth listening and acting, blood tests have the potential to expose the cause of symptoms you may be experiencing so don’t brush them off, identify a suitable practitioner to work with and take charge of your health today.  Knowledge is power.

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