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.
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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.
Lupus ( Fatigue, Joint Pain, Rash, Fever )
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.
Limit Gluten Grains Moderate Consumption
Add Green Tea & Turmeric
Avoid Table Salt
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
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.