Autoimmune Disease: Do you want to understand the symptoms or own a label?
Autoimmune disease symptoms don’t always announce their arrival loudly.
Many people slowly develop autoimmune conditions without even realizing anything is wrong. And the road to a diagnosis can be long and frustrating.
In fact, it can take about five years to receive an official autoimmune diagnosis. The average person goes to six to 10 doctors before autoimmunity is recognized as the culprit, largely because the symptoms of these diseases are so disparate and vague.
But we want to challenge you to ask yourself: Why do you want the diagnosis? Do you intend to own it and be it?
Instead what if we looked at the symptoms and get to the root causes of these symptoms.
Some of the most common autoimmune symptoms are:
Body rashes, red bumps on facial skin, and red flaking skin
Thyroid issues that could point to Hashimoto’s (underactive thyroid) or Graves (overactive thyroid)
Fatigue or hyperactivity
Weight gain or loss
General feeling of malaise
Muscle pain and weakness
Stiffness and pain (could suggest rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia symptoms)
Feeling “wired and tired”
Digestive tract upset may indicate irritable bowel disease
If you do have any of these symptoms, please don’t ignore them, hoping they’re nothing serious or that they’ll just go away on their own.
But also be aware that each symptom is about your body being out of balance. There is a deficiency that can be addressed. And there is an emotion that needs to be addressed.
Autoimmune Symptoms Takeaways
The symptoms of an autoimmune disease affect the brain, skin, mouth, lungs, sinus, thyroid, joints, muscles, adrenals, and GI tract functions.
The average number of doctors a person visits before autoimmunity is suspected is six to 10.
It often takes up to five years for an official autoimmune diagnosis.
Almost one in six people in the U.S. — 50 million overall — live with autoimmune disease symptoms.
You can tackle autoimmune disorders by addressing leaky gut, removing foods and factors that damage the gut, replacing them with healing foods, repairing with specific supplements, and rebalancing with probiotics.