Sunday, May 19, 2013
Symptoms that are common to autoimmune diseases
Why do I illustrate this with a picture of a bed? If you have an autoimmune disease, you know the answer! I'm sure you can relate to the unrelenting fatigue that is part of any autoimmune problem. You may need more sleep and more rest than a well person does. Even on your best days, you might feel like you are doing 25mph in the highway of life, while others are happily speeding past you. There are any number of illnesses besides an autoimmune problem that can cause this same kind of weariness. Any chronic tiredness or any profound change in your energy levels should be evaluated by a physician.
In addition to unusual tiredness, here are some other cross-symptoms of autoimmune problems:
1) Depression: It's not always clear whether this is part of the cause or a result of feeling unwell over a long period of time.
2) Muscle aches/joint aches
3) Brain fog!! Memory problems, problems focusing or concentrating
4) Muscle weakness
5) low grade fever -- (Hashimoto's, however, can lead to low body temperatures)
6) swollen lymph glands
7) frequent infections
8) sudden changes in weight
9) hair loss
10) feeling of heaviness when you breathe, shortness of breath
11) tingling, numbness in limbs
12) itchy skin, skin rashes
13) dry eyes
14) heart palpitations
15) recurrent miscarriages
Other things that you might watch out for are mouth ulcers, abdominal pains, sweats, and alternating diarrhea and constipation.
Not everyone who has an autoimmune disease will experience every one of these symptoms. If you have several of them, however, it might be a clue that you do, indeed, have an autoimmune problem.
Wishing you great health!