Close to 100 diseases can be classified as autoimmune-related. And while each has specific symptoms associated with it, there are some “super symptoms” that are common to a great number of autoimmune diseases.
Super Symptoms List
- Inflammation: This is at the root of autoim1mune disease. Your body attacks itself and then responds with inflammation and swelling, which is often accompanied by heat and pain.
- Persistent, low-grade fever: People who have an autoimmune disease often have a fever that lasts several days or more.
- Extreme fatigue: Fatigue is among the most common symptoms of autoimmune disease.
- Swollen glands: Swollen glands (also known as lymph nodes) in the neck, groin, arm pits, under the jaw and behind the ears are a symptom of autoimmune disease.
- Itchy skin or skin rashes: Irritated skin can be a symptom of several illnesses, including celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis and lupus.
- Tingling: Diabetes patients often complain of a pins-and-needles sensation in the feet, or a loss of feeling altogether. Tingling in the legs, which sometimes spread to the upper body, could be a symptom of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. A symptom of multiple sclerosis is tingling in the arms, hands, legs and feet.
- Changes In weight: Celiac disease can induce weight loss or weight gain. Symptoms for Graves ’ disease include weight loss. Generally, be on the lookout for a weight loss or gain of 10 to 15 pounds.
- Joint/muscle pain/weakness: Pain in joints and muscles is associated with a number of autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis and rheumatic disease.
- Infections: Autoimmune is often characterized by susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections, and slower recovery from those infections.
- Shortness of breath/palpitations: Autoimmunity can often contribute to feeling out of breath, or a heaviness in the chest. Some patients feel irregular heartbeats.
- Brain fog: Difficulty thinking, concentrating or remembering things is a common symptom that appears in many autoimmune disease conditions.
- Hair loss: People with thyroid disorders often experience hair loss, as do those with lupus. And, of course, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes profound hair loss.