Millions of Americans live with autoimmune-related health conditions. Normally, the body’s immune system fights against foreign invaders such as germs and bacteria. However, when you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system reacts to your own cells and your body attacks itself.
This can produce a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Rather than simply treat symptoms, the team at Wellness 1st Integrative Medical Center is committed to looking at root causes and treating autoimmune conditions in a holistic manner.
Common autoimmune conditions
Although there are dozens of autoimmune-related conditions, some are more prevalent than others. Here’s a look at some of the most common autoimmune conditions.
Irritable bowel syndrome
People with irritable bowel syndrome are often plagued by alternating constipation and diarrhea. Many also experience abdominal pain and bloating. Most people cannot find a specific cause for their symptoms, which can be both uncomfortable and frustrating.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain and aching, often all over your body. People with fibromyalgia are also likely to report unrefreshing sleep, fatigue, and brain fog.
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes bleeding in your intestinal tract. This leads to abdominal pain, anemia, weight loss, and confusion or cognitive problems.
Endometriosis is a painful disorder that affects many women. This condition causes tissue from the lining of the uterus to grow outside of your uterus, sometimes adhering to other organs. It causes painful cramping and excessive menstrual bleeding.
Disorders of the thyroid are common among autoimmune illnesses. These disorders include hypothyroidism, in which thyroid hormones are too low, or Graves’ disease, in which your body produces too much thyroid hormone.
Psoriasis is a disorder that causes red, scaly patches of skin. The cells of your skin multiply too rapidly and form a scaly, silvery layer. About 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, which includes all of the symptoms of psoriasis along with swelling and pain in the joints.
Common symptoms among many autoimmune conditions
While the causes of autoimmune conditions are not always known, they often have many similar symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Fatigue, which may be extreme
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or unrefreshing sleep
- Muscle weakness
- Abdominal pain and digestive issues
- Swollen glands
- Joint pain
Although these symptoms are shared among many autoimmune conditions, some doctors may be dismissive when you present with these symptoms because there’s no obvious cause. An integrative wellness program takes a closer look to find the real causes of your illness.
Treating autoimmune conditions
Approximately twice as many women as men have autoimmune conditions. Autoimmune disease is very prevalent, yet a lot of people are suffering needlessly. At Wellness 1st Integrative Medical Center, we work to not only help relieve your symptoms, but also address the causes.
Along with running the appropriate medical tests, we also look at every aspect of your lifestyle. Getting proper exercise, nutrition guidance, and the right complementary treatments can help you feel much better. For example, food allergies and a sedentary lifestyle may make autoimmune illnesses worse, and we can get you on track to avoid your triggers and get symptom relief.
If you have troubling symptoms that are keeping you from feeling your best, call us today at our Gilbert, Arizona, office at 480-422-3485, or request an appointment online.