Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases
Symptoms of autoimmune diseases should be diagnosed early in order to ensure effective treatment. Owing to nature of the disease, there are no known causes and cure for these diseases.
The natural protection system of the body technically called the immune system turns hostile in people suffering from these diseases.
Healthy cells are supposed as threats for the body and they are killed by this system. This article tries to gains further insight on the signs of these ailments with nearly 80 types.
Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases: Though the signs of these diseases are typical, there are some common symptoms to be watched out for. They are:
- Elevated fever
- High body temperature
- Weakness and stiffness in muscles and joints
- Weight changes
- Low or high blood pressure
- Extreme sensitivity to cold in the hands and feet
- Digestive or gastrointestinal problems
- Infertility or reduced sex drive
- Enlargement of the organ targeted by the immune system
- Blood sugar changes
- Destruction of the targeted organ.
Most of the times, these diseases are organ-specific. When multiple organs, tissues and cells are simultaneously attacked by the immune system, such diseases are known as systemic autoimmune diseases.
Some examples of these diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Scleroderma, systemic scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome and Dermatomyositis .
Facts and Statistics on Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases:
- There are several indifferences between health care professionals on when to call a disease to be autoimmune depending on its signs.
- These signs in most of the cases start the destruction of the body years prior to their diagnosis. For instance, type 2 diabetes signs start causing damage to the organ pancreas nearly 13 years prior to their diagnosis.
- Due to the late diagnosis of these signs, the affected organ in most of the cases does not remain in the state of recovering its optimal efficiency ever.
- Suffering from one autoimmune disease for a long period of time increases the risk of developing signs of other associated autoimmune diseases.
- Women, especially of African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native-American women are at a higher risk of developing some autoimmune diseases for unknown reasons.