General Autoimmune

General Autoimmune covers symptoms common to all autoimmune conditions, tips for finding and talking to a doctor or other health provider, and general information about the intersections and issues related to autoimmune diseases.

Living With Dermatomyositis, A Connective Tissue Disorder

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Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory autoimmune connective tissue disorder primarily affecting the skeletal muscles (-myo) and skin (derm-).  It is part of a larger class of disorders known as inflammatory myopathies, which as it sounds, indicates an inflammatory process taking place within the muscle tissue.  When myositis presents with associated skin manifestations, it is known as dermatomyositis, which is recognized as a distinct clinical entity. While

Will Detoxing Your Liver Help Your Autoimmune Disease?

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Just as it sounds, autoimmune liver disease, formally known as autoimmune hepatitis, describes a physiological state where the immune system turns against and attacks certain tissues in the liver, one of our absolutely essential organs.  Here we explore some facets of autoimmune liver disease and questions about whether toxins in the liver could be related to autoimmune disease, so that the reader better understands the

Advice for Autoimmune Moms + Research Update from the Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Disease Research Center

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In my autoimmune research over the years, I’ve come across Dr. Noel Rose’s name many times.  Dr. Rose is a MD and PhD, and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Disease Research Center.  When I reached out to him to ask for an interview, he responded immediately, and we had what I hope will be the first of many conversations about autoimmune research in

A Very Thorough Overview of Autoimmunity and Gut Microbiome Research

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Over the past two decades, researchers have been focusing heavily on the relationship between our intestinal contents and various diseases, trying to determine if there is a causal association.  Many had suspected for years prior to this that the two were somehow related, but without the evidence needed to support such suspicions.  Now the increased interest in this investigative area is starting to produce real

One Autoimmune Mom’s ITP Story: Feeling Like a Four Engine Plane Running on One Engine

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ITP, have you ever heard of it?  I bet you haven’t.  ITP  stands for Idiopathic or Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura. ITP is an autoimmune blood disorder characterized by an abnormal decrease in the number of platelets in the blood.  Platelets are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding.  A decrease in platelets can result in easy bruising, bleeding gums, and internal bleeding.  In my case I have