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Could I Have an Autoimmune Disorder"






Our immune system keeps us healthy and fights off viruses and bacteria so we don?t get sick. But with autoimmune disorders (Ads), the immune system does quite the opposite?it attacks and damages the body itself.
So, chances are you know someone affected or may have wondered if the way you feel could mean you have an AD. There are more than 75 different autoimmune disorders that affect close to 50 million Americans. More than 75% of people with ADs are women ? mostly ages 18-40s.
The challenge with ADs are that many times their symptoms are vague and come from inflammation, such as fatigue and muscle aches. Sadly, with many autoimmune disorders, there?s not 1 test that will say ?yes or no.? So, getting out a diagnosis can be as frustrating for you and your family as it is for your healthcare provider.
On average, it takes most autoimmune disorder patients 4.6 years and 5 health care providers before they get a correct diagnosis! Symptoms can come and go, which also makes diagnosis tricky.
Understanding autoimmune disorders
ADs are chronic diseases; there?s no cure. With treatment, many people with these disorders live healthy, happy lives. Perhaps you?ve heard of some of the more common ADs:

Lupus
Multiple Sclerosis
Fibromyalgia
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Others include Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, celiac disease, Sjogren?s syndrome, and Hashimoto?s thyroiditis (thyroid gland inflammation). If you think you may have an autoimmune disorder, see your healthcare provider right away. They may refer you to a specialist like a rheumatologist or neurologist.
Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that can damage many different parts of your body including skin, kidneys, blood vessels, joints, lungs, and heart. Lupus affects more than 5 million people worldwide; there are about 16,000 new cases diagnosed each year?most of whom (9 out of 10) are women ages 15-44. Women of color are more commonly affected.
The most common type of Lupus is SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus, which affects many parts of the body. Other types include discoid, which affects the skin, drug-induced, and the more rarely seen neonatal Lupus.
Symptoms of Lupus include:

Severe muscle and/or joint pain
Red butterfly rash on the face that covers the nose and cheeks
Feeling very tired
Swollen glands

Lupus is usually managed by a rheumatologist. Because Lupus differs for each person, it?s hard to diagnose. Your care provider may order blood tests, x-rays and/or a biopsy.
Treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aleve or Advil, steroids, anti-malarial drugs such as Plaquenil, and in severe cases, drugs that suppress your immune system. If you have Lupus and are planning a pregnancy, make sure your Lupus is under control, such as checking that your kidneys and heart are working properly.
Also, you may not be able to use certain drugs to treat Lupus during pregnancy. You?ll want to consult with a high-risk obstetrician because Lupus can put you at risk for p...
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