Autoimmune diseases (type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, and around 80 types overall) are becoming increasingly common around the world. If not diagnosed in time, they may cause serious health conditions that can even become life-threatening. Knowing the most common symptoms is the first step to a better quality of life for you. If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms listed below, please see a qualified medical practitioner.
Autoimmune diseases (AD) are more common in women than men. The diagnosis of ADs is considered to be very challenging, as many conditions from among 80 types have not one but several similar symptoms. Please, write down all the symptoms you have before heading to the doctor. It may take a while before you receive the right diagnosis, but once the AD type has been established, it becomes much easier to work out the treatment you need. We at Bright Side found 10 of the most common symptoms of autoimmune diseases and we want to share this knowledge so that you can make sure you’re not at risk or that you begin the treatment process right away.
10. Abdominal pain or digestive issues
One of the most common symptoms of autoimmune diseases is abnormal bowel movements such as constipation or diarrhea. Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, hypothyroidism, and many more autoimmune conditions have this symptom. If you experience it, please, refer to a doctor immediately as it may be a sign of a serious disease.
Most of the inflammation of autoimmune diseases is not visible to the eye as it happens inside of the body. Yet there are some signs that can tell you that it’s time to see a doctor, such as a goiter, for instance. A goiter is a swelling in the neck resulting from an enlarged thyroid gland. Any other type of swelling is considered to be a sign of an AD.
8. Persistent or reoccurring fever
Several autoimmune diseases start with a virus attacking your body and you may experience a fever that will either disappear or become a reoccurring event.
Imagine that your immune system has weakened under the influence of an AD and, therefore, the sicker you get, the more tired you feel. If you feel like you want to take naps even after a full night’s sleep, or if you can barely open your eyes in the morning, this is a fatigue symptom of most of the AD diseases. Autoimmune hepatitis, coeliac disease, Hashimoto’s disease, hemolytic anemia, and Inflammatory bowel disease are amongst the ones that have fatigue as a common symptom.