When you suffer from an autoimmune condition, your body is essentially in revolt against itself. The immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues leading to physical and mental distress. At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, we help your body regulate itself and find balance. You can take control of your autoimmune condition and learn to overcome the diagnosis or, in some cases, beat it entirely, with changes to nutrition, lifestyle, and other factors.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack the thyroid gland. The result is hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid does not make enough hormones. Some signs of Hashimoto’s disease include weight gain, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, sensitivity to cold, and depression.
In Grave’s disease, the body attacks the thyroid, causing the gland to release excess hormones, leading to temporary hyperthyroidism. Graves is a common thyroid problem and the leading cause of hyperthyroidism. Metabolism will speed up, leading to weight loss, sweating, and anxiety.
Multiple sclerosis is a potentially disabling autoimmune condition that causes nerve damage, disrupting communication between brain and body. The nerves that are affected and the amount of damage done to them will impact whether sufferers have severe chronic symptoms or a more manageable condition.
The immune system can sometimes be suppressed to slow disease progression, allow for long periods or remission, or faster recovery from attacks. Symptoms can include impaired coordination, numbness or weakness in the limbs, fatigue, tremor, lack of coordination, and vision problems.
Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the lining of the joints, causing painful swelling and, eventually, joint deformity and erosion of bone. This autoimmune condition can affect any age though it often develops around middle age. Rheumatoid arthritis can sometimes affect other non-joint parts of the body, including the skin, eyes, respiratory system, and blood vessels.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the tissues and organs of bodily systems, including your skin, brain, heart, joints, blood cells, and lungs. A facial rash in the shape of a butterfly along the cheeks and nose is a distinctive sign of lupus, though it does not occur in all cases.
Lupus presents in many ways and severity will vary for every patient, especially during times of flare-ups. Symptoms can include fatigue, joint pain, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, headaches, and confusion.
Do You Have an Autoimmune Condition?
The autoimmune conditions listed here are some of the most common afflictions, but the category also includes type 1 diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome, alopecia areata, vasculitis, digestive disorders, and more. If you feel off, if you suspect that there is more to what you’re experiencing than just a few bad days, it’s time to dig deeper and get to the heart of your unhappiness.
Some autoimmune conditions can be difficult to diagnose because they mimic other ailments. If you suspect a problem with your immune system, or if you have received confirmation of an autoimmune condition, a holistic health expert can give you the tools to manage your condition and maintain a healthy life.
At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, our goal is to address your autoimmune system complications through customized care plans. We want to help you live your best life by removing the elements that are harming you, replacing them with healthier options, and repairing your system. Through comprehensive allergy testing and digestive system diagnosis, we formulate a treatment strategy designed specifically for you and the symptoms you are experiencing.