Your symptoms are vague: fatigue, occasional tingling in arms or legs, aching muscles, a headache. Are you sick, or imagining things? Doctors may dismiss people who report these symptoms as hypochondriacs, but the real diagnosis can be serious. These symptoms can signal a host of autoimmune disorders that develop gradually, and strike women many times more often than men.
What are Autoimmunity Disorders?
Autoimmune Disorder is a disorder that is caused by an immune response to the body of the patient himself or herself.
Autoimmune Disorders cover as many as 80 (maybe even more) different illnesses that affect the immune system. Many have been known for years, but it is only recently that they have been grouped together under the umbrella term 'Autoimmune Disorder'.
These are illnesses that are caused by a person's own immune system attacking some part of the body - for example, the heart, kidneys, joints, or skin. Over time, the immune system permanently damages and disables the structure under attack, leading to chronic disease.
Examples of Autoimmune Disorders are.....
Blood Related Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
Blood Vessels Related Autoimmune Disorders
Vasculitides such as Wegener's granulomatosis
Autoimmune Disorders of the Endocrine Glands
Type 1 or immune mediated diabetes mellitus
Autoimmune oophoritis and orchitis
Autoimmune disease of the adrenal gland
Gastrointestinal Autoimmune Disorders
Primary biliary cirrhosis
Autoimmune Disorders Of Multiple Organs
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Spondyloarthropathies such as ankylosing spondylitis
Autoimmune Disorders Of The Nervous System
Autoimmune neuropathies such as Guillain-Barre
Skin Related Autoimmune Disorders
The following is a partial checklist of frequently-noticed symptoms of the most common autoimmune conditions. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it covers many of the common autoimmune symptoms and conditions. Carefully filling out this checklist and taking it to your doctor can be an important first step in getting appropriate testing and the right medical diagnosis. Click below for more information
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Autoimmune Disorders - a description