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Autoimmune Conditions

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rheumatoid arthritis

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.

You are not alone.
There are 100+ Autoimmune Conditions
affecting 3% or more of the population.

Do You Have an Autoimmune Condition?

The autoimmune conditions listed below 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.

Celiac disease is the most severe form of gluten intolerance. Inflammation caused by the allergic reaction to gluten permanently erodes the lining of the small intestine, severely impeding nutrient absorption and Leaky Gut Syndrome. Though Celiac disease often begins during childhood, it is usually not diagnosed until adulthood. The longer the condition continues unchecked, the more susceptible the body is to other autoimmune disorders.

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.

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.

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.

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. Grave’s is a common thyroid problem and the leading cause of hyperthyroidism. The metabolism will speed up, leading to weight loss, sweating, and anxiety.

A Story of Crohn's Disease

Jessica, a client in her early 20s, had been suffering from severe diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and unintentional weight loss. Things were becoming scary because she was getting too thin and she had just been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

Things kept getting worse despite following her doctor’s advice, and she knew she needed help. She had a number of other symptoms too: bloating, anxiety, seasonal allergies, acne, headaches, and irregular cycles. Jessica had been to a number of doctors and had run all sorts of tests, but nothing was helping.

She began with a comprehensive gut test, some diet tweaks and a few supplements. Within her first month working with us, Jessica’s diarrhea had stopped and she was already gaining weight again. Within a few months, she was “feeling a lot better.” Her energy returned, she was sleeping well and waking rested, and she was having normal bowel movements. 

There is a path forward. It begins here.

Many autoimmune conditions go undiagnosed for years or even decades. At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, we help you identify root causes of autoimmunity. Then we guide you in unraveling dysunction by nixing underlying stressors, nourishing the immune system so it can begin to repair itself, and giving the affected areas some support.

Our goal is to address your autoimmune system complications through customized care plans. Through thorough investigation, we formulate a strategy designed specifically for you and the symptoms you are experiencing.

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. 

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with a holistic healthcare expert. Choose either an online or in-person appointment in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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