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How To Manage Autoimmune Disease-Learning To Live A Whole New Way

 

Autoimmune Disease

 

Only the people who have autoimmune disease truly understands how difficult it can be to do the things you need to do some days, everyday is a new day and with autoimmune disease you never know  what kind of day you are going to be having until your day begins, for many people sleep is one of the most difficult issues to manage. Sleep often determines what type of day you are going to have tomorrow, when you have bad nights your energy is low the next day, but your pain levels are high. Depending on which autoimmune disease you have will determine your symptoms, but often two people can have the same autoimmune disease and not have all the same symptoms.

 

Most Common Autoimmune Diseases

 

As time is going by more and more autoimmune diseases are becoming known, these are man-made diseases and we must make changes to our lifestyles to manage these diseases to decrease our symptoms. Some of these diseases do share similar symptoms, but most all them also have their own symptoms which affects specific parts of our bodies.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lupus

Celiac Disease

Sjogrens

Ploymyalgia

Multiple Sclerosis

Anklosing Spondyitis

Type 1 Diabetes

Alopecia Areta

Vasculitis

Temporal Artertis

 

 

Autoimmune Diseases & Symptoms

 

Now that you know what the most common autoimmune diseases are we will look at each one and their main symptoms, these are the major symptoms which physicians look for to determine which one of these diseases you might be experiencing.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis ( Joint Lining, Pain & Inflammation )

Lupus ( Fatigue, Joint Pain, Rash, Fever )

Celiac Disease ( Bloating, Gas, Fatigue, Low Blood Count, Stomach Pain, Low Vitamin Levels )

Sjogrens (Dry Mouth & Eyes, Mouth Sores )

Polymyaligia ( Aching Shoulders, Neck & Hips )

Multiple Sclerosis ( Vision, Fagitue, Pain, Coordination )

Anklosing Spondylitis ( Early Adulthood, Reduced Flexibility )

Type 1 Diabetes ( Increased Thirst, Frequent Urination, Hunger, Fatigue, Blurred vision )

Alopecia Areta (Hair Loss )

Vasculitis ( Fever, Fatigue, Wt Loss, Muscle & Joint Pain )

Temporal Arteritus ( Headaches, Jaw Pain, Vision Loss, Fever, Fatigue )

 

 

Managing Your Autoimmune Diseases

 

I am not happy to have to share this information in this article, but everyone needs to understand the majority of people who experience autoimmune disease often experiences more than just one. The sooner you make some lifestyle changes the sooner you will be able to manage your health more efficiently, there is no magic pill or solution, the best we can do is to ease our symptoms to enjoy more of a quality of life. You will experience flare-ups from time to time, your best strategy is to accept this and not fight that this is your life now.

 

Making Lifestyle Changes

 

Your best first step is to start making lifestyle changes, I recommend most of you to ease into making these changes a little at a time to avoid overwhelming yourselves. Even though anxiety is not listed as a major symptom from autoimmune diseases, the majority of people with any of these diseases struggle with anxiety disorders as well.

 

Vitamins & Supplements

Anti-inflammatory Diet

Gluten Free

Limit Gluten Grains Moderate Consumption

Detox Regularly

Add Green Tea & Turmeric

Avoid Table Salt

Relationship Stress Management

Increase Glutathione Levels ( Onions, Cabbage & Broccoli )

Low Impact Exercise

 

 

How Do I Exercise With Pain & Fatigue?

 

This is the most important yet the most difficult change for the majority of people, we all know exercise provides so many health benefits, but how does one begin to exercise when in pain and no energy? Most of us go for a very long period before our physician’s figure out what the heck is wrong with us, often by the time we find out we are out of shape and maybe even gained weight? The diet change will be a good start to help you lose weight, many of the foods are low in calories and the best choices for losing weight. The key to starting to exercising is choosing the right type of exercise, the other key is to do short workouts more frequently to increase your endurance. Of course you should check with your physician’s for any exercise limitations you might have, low impact is your best type of exercise with any autoimmune diseases.

 

Exercise & Diet Journals

Low Impact Exercise ( Yoga, Pilates, Swimming, Circuit Training, Walking )

Workout Depending On Your Day

Take Rest Days During Flare-Ups

Cardio Exercise  (Stationary Bike, Rowing, Cycling Outdoors, Step Climbing, Elliptical, Dance )

Budget Your Time & Energy ( Don’t Push Yourself )

 

What Is On My Mind Today?

 

There is hope for all of you suffering with autoimmune diseases, consider making these lifestyle changes and your symptom will be reduced in time. It is important not to overdo it and cause a flare-up, I recommend starting with no more than 15 minute workout 3 times per week and work up to 30 minute workouts 3-4 times per week. Right now for many of you this sounds like trying to climb a mountain, but treat yourself extra special during this time of learning to live your new life.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “How To Manage Autoimmune Disease-Learning To Live A Whole New Way

  1. Hi, thanks for this information. Lack of sleep is a major problem in itself not alone having to deal with other health issues. The exercise component is a must for all of us however slowly slowly wins the race and making friends with your disease. The dietary tips are also helpful. I look forward to more of your updates. Thanks again.

    1. Thank You

      I appreciate you reading my article and leaving a comment, your comments helps me provide better articles in the future

      Jeff

  2. Brilliant post – my mother has Lupus and also Bechets syndrome, and i have looked after her for most of my life, so i know how debilitating these kinds of autoimmune diseases can be, just in terms of the pain i have seen my mum go through, and how difficult to look after and live with someone with these conditions can be – i still cannot imagine how tough it must be to actually live with a serious condition like this in your body.

    I am emailing this post to my mum now, because i know that it will really support her, so thank you so much for writing it 🙂

    1. Thank You Sir,

      I appreciate you reading my article on autoimmune disease, I am sorry to hear your mum struggles with these diseases. You are a great son to help her and care for her, it is very frustrating for the person living with autoimmune disease.

      Jeff

  3. Thank you Marley and Jeff i found this article very helpful though i do have problems pacing myself on a day to day basis i am employing breathing Technics now which do help also!
    Ruth.

    1. Thank You Ms Dawkins

      I thank you for reading my article and sharing, some days you must accept you are not able
      to do as much and rest more until your energy improves. Sadly this is a part of living with
      autoimmune disease, you must adjust your lifestyle according to your day.

      Jeff

  4. Jeff, what a great article on Autoimmune disorders. As a nurse, I find so many of my patients struggle through their day. I try to offer as much education I can to help them out during my visits. I believe that giving them the knowledge on their disease process and giving tips on how to handle their disease process really can help them manage their signs and symptoms well. So thank you for your well informative article.

    1. Thank You Ruthy,

      It means so much to me to hear your approval of my article being a nurse, it is great you try to help your patients as much as possible with good tips to manage their diseases more effectively.

      Jeff

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