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Autoimmune Disease Symptoms You Need to Know About

Updated: 3 days ago



By Leah Zerbe, MS, NASM-CPT, NASM-CES

March 24, 2016

Original article and page source found here.


Autoimmune disease symptoms don’t always announce their arrival loudly. Many people slowly develop autoimmune conditions like leaky gut syndrome without even realizing anything is wrong. And the road to a diagnosis can be long and frustrating.

In fact, it can take about five years to receive an official autoimmune diagnosis. The average person goes to six to 10 doctors before autoimmunity is recognized as the culprit, largely because the symptoms of these diseases are so disparate and vague. So how can you know if you’re suffering autoimmune disease symptoms, and what can you do about them? Let’s take a look.

Common Autoimmune Disease Symptoms

Some of the most common autoimmune disease symptoms you should look out for include:

  • Headaches

  • Anxiety

  • Brain fog

  • Attention deficit problems

  • Body rashes, red bumps on facial skin and red flaking skin

  • Acne

  • Rosacea

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Dermatitis

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Dry mouth

  • Frequent colds

  • Thyroid issues that could point to Hashimoto’s disease (underactive thyroid) or Graves disease (overactive thyroid)

  • Fatigue or hyperactivity

  • Weight gain or loss

  • General feeling of malaise

  • Anxiety

  • Muscle pain and weakness

  • Stiffness and pain (could suggest rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia symptoms)

  • Feeling “wired and tired”

  • Exhaustion

  • Digestive tract upset may indicate irritable bowel disease

  • Stomach cramping

  • Gas

  • Bloated stomach

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

If you do have any of these symptoms, please don’t ignore them, hoping they’re nothing serious or that they’ll just go away on their own.



The Rise of Autoimmunity in America

If you’re experiencing autoimmune disease symptoms, you’re not alone. Our country is currently in the throes of an autoimmune storm. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, the rate of chronic health conditions among U.S. children rose almost 15 percent between 1994 and 2006, with the largest growth among conditions believed to have an autoimmune link, such as obesity, asthma, and behavioral and learning problems. (1)

For instance, the New York Times reported that blood test analyses prove young people are five times more likely to have celiac disease symptoms today than their peers in the 1950s. (2)

Here are some more numbers on autoimmune disease:

  • Six to 10: The average number of doctors a person visits before autoimmunity is suspected as the culprit of symptoms

  • Five: The number of years it often takes for an official autoimmune diagnosis

  • 50 million: The number of Americans living with autoimmune conditions (that’s almost one in six people!)

  • 70: The percentage of your immune system found in your GALT — your “gut-associated lymphoid tissue”

The Gut Connection

Studies in respected medical journals, such as the Lancet, the British Medical Journal and the International Journal of Gastroenterology have suggested that leaky gut causes autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and many other diverse health issues, including allergies, autism, depression, eczema, psoriasis,