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12 Super Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

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 autoimmune disease.  Your body attacks itself and then responds with inflammation and swelling, which is often accompanied by

Navigating Health Insurance in 2013 + Autoimmune Conditions

Are there any insurance coverage issues with autoimmune conditions – could I be cut off from health benefits (e.g., with small employers not subject to the new health care law) if I do not disclose a condition at the time it is known? One of the most important protections under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is that

To Tell or Not To Tell: Strategies for Interviewing and Working with an Autoimmune Condition

What am I required to disclose about my health to an employer, either during a job interview or at the start of a job? The ADA says that you do not have to reveal your disability to a potential employer during the interview process. You need only disclose information about a health condition if you wish your employer to make

A Guide to Multiple Sclerosis

People with multiple sclerosis can experience a number of symptoms of varying severity in varying cycles. Symptoms often come and go—you feel yucky, you feel better, then, pow! You’re back to feeling awful again, sometimes with the same symptoms, sometimes with a whole new set. Each cycle of this debilitating disease can last months or even years. The symptoms experienced

A Guide to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients and their doctors are often frustrated beyond belief because of the disease’s propensity to vacillate among hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and normal thyroid (euthyroidism).  One minute you’re coping with Symptom Set A, and managing quite well. A week later, you’re plagued by the onset of Symptom Set B, which has you feeling altogether differently. It’s a whole new ball