Archives for March 2013

Should You Know Your Magnesium Level If You Have Autoimmune Conditions?

There are many elements that are important to proper functioning of the human body, but magnesium resides in the top tier of relevant minerals, along with sodium, potassium and several others.  In short, it is absolutely essential for healthy living.   It can be found in many types of foods, such as nuts, kidney beans and chocolate. Magnesium is crucial to

The Myth That Women Don’t Get Ankylosing Spondylitis

What are the signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis? Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder.  The symptoms of the condition result from inflammation of the spine, joints, and other organs.  Classically, these include the sacroiliac joint of the hip and the joints of the spine, but other joints may be affected as well, like the shoulders, knees, and

Is There Increased Risk for Preeclampsia in Moms with Autoimmune Disease?

Is preeclampsia a higher risk in pregnancies of women who have autoimmune conditions? Why? Preeclampsia is a medical disorder of pregnancy occurring after the 20th week.  Women with preeclampsia have elevated blood pressure, protein in their urine, and usually increased swelling.  If preeclampsia is severe, it poses a real health risk to the health of both mom and baby. Taken

Autoimmune Fatigue: The Staggering Symptoms Beyond “Feeling Tired”

If you have an autoimmune condition, the days of sleeping peacefully and waking refreshed may seem like a distant dream.  Fatigue is one of the most common patient complaints; unfortunately, it’s also one of the most non-specific.  It can represent a multitude of problems, from simply being sleep deprived (though this is technically referred to as “drowsiness”, as fatigue means