10 Signs of Autoimmune Disease

I have suffered from autoimmune diseases for decades. The first time I heard the word I was 23 years old but in looking back on my health history, I can see this mess really started when I was 17. My body began to attack itself at an early age for a variety of reasons. There are approximately 110 autoimmune diseases that don’t discriminate against any organ in your body. The symptoms are often erratic and vague until the disease becomes acute.

Autoimmune diseases have increased threefold over the last 50 years affecting between 50 and 75 million Americans making it the 3rd leading chronic illness in the United States following closely behind heart disease and cancer. These diseases are costing $100 billion annually!


Here are 10 potential signs you may have an autoimmune disease:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially a combination of them, you may have an autoimmune disease.

  • Joint pain, muscle pain or weakness, or a tremor

  • Weight loss, insomnia, heat intolerance, or rapid heartbeat

  • Recurrent rashes or hives, sun sensitivity, a butterfly-shaped rash across your nose and cheeks.

  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing

  • Feeling tired or fatigued, weight gain, or cold intolerance

  • Hair loss or white patches on your skin or inside your mouth

  • Abdominal pain, blood or mucus in your stool, diarrhea, or mouth ulcers

  • Dry eyes, mouth, or skin

  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

  • Multiple miscarriages or blood clots

Autoimmune diseases often go undiagnosed for years. In fact, it takes an average of five to six doctors and five years to receive an autoimmune diagnosis. Regardless of the type of autoimmune disease you have it all boils down to the issue being within your immune system, and 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. It’s important to keep in mind that YOU can take control of your health, eliminate symptoms and reclaim your life.


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