Autoimmune Diseases

So we all have an immune system and it protects us from infections and diseases for the most part. There are those of us whose immune systems get confused and when you have an autoimmune disease it attacks healthy cells or healthy organs thinking its bad or harming the good cells. If that makes sense. I know it took me a while to understand it, I thought ok my body thinks my good cells are bad but their not so it attacks them? So my body has lost its mind and hates its self.

White blood cells help protect the body against antigens which would be bacteria, viruses, cancer cells and other toxins.  It does this by producing antibodies. When a person has an  autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. So the result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. There are over 80 different autoimmune diseases.If you think you have an autoimmune disease check with your doctor and ask questions. Here are some websites that might me helpful

http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/autoimmune-diseases.cfm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/100075-list-autoimmune-diseases/

http://www.evenbetterhealth.com/autoimmune-disease-symptoms.php

And here is my story of my autoimmune diseases. No worries about me though, I am actually doing really good considering. :)

I was told when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease that I am more than likely to have another autoimmune disorder, Celiac Disease is considered an autoimmune disease. I’m told they come in two’s, well I hit the jackpot because I have 4 or 3 depends on what doctor you talk to. So Celiac is my #1

I also have Sjogren syndrome, glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed. It causes dry mouth and dry eyes. It can also affect my kidneys and my lungs. My #2

Discoid Lupus. This type of lupus can cause mild to severe rashes and other irritating skin conditions. So far it has only showed up on my head and that is easily hidden.  I have lost patches of my hair from this. Oh and my eye lashes from time to time, at first it was thought I had Alopecia but it was later determined to be a form of Lupus. My #3

Fibromyalgia is sometimes considered an autoimmune disease, depends on who you talk to. A lot of muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and the list can go on.That would be my #4

But it could always be worse

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