What is Autoimmune Disease?

So you’re here probably for one of two reasons:

1.) You have been diagnosed with one of MANY Autoimmune diseases

2.) You have been hearing a lot about Autoimmune diseases lately and you suspect you have one but you don’t understand what Autoimmune disease really is and you’ve had your thyroid tested and the doctor told you that you are within normal range but you can’t seem to lose weight, and maybe your hair is thinning or falling out and maybe your anxiety is through the roof and maybe in general you just feel like shit. (Ring any bells?)

Either way, welcome. I hope to help you with some of my experience and research.  I am NOT a medical professional. Although the more I learn about AI issues, the more I realize that not all medical professionals even have the knowledge to properly diagnose you. I’ve seen over 10 different Endocrinologists who have been clueless about my conditions.

From the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association’s website:

The term “autoimmune disease” refers to a varied group of illnesses that involve almost every human organ system. It includes diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood and blood vessels. In all of these ADs, the underlying problem is “autoimmunity” – the body’s immune system becomes misdirected and attacks the very organs it was designed to protect.

There are HUNDREDS of identified Autoimmune diseases. Here is a list. Most commonly you’ll hear:

  • Thyroid Disease
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Celiac (gulten-intolerance)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Grave’s Disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Lupus

There are lots and lots of great resources for reading up on what Autoimmune disease is, and I’ve listed some sources I use to educate myself on the AIM Well Resources page here.

You can also read My Autoimmune Story here.

What my goal is to accomplish with this site, is to expand awareness to Autoimmunity and the prevalence of conditions and diseases. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2008 and it’s only been within the last 2 years that I’ve fully come to understand how little I know about my own body and these diseases. I hope my journey can help you discover how to live your best life.