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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.

We Are Not Hypochondriacs! A Call For Autoimmune Voices

Autoimmune Disease Facts

My story is no different from most of us in the AutoimmuneMom community.  After I was diagnosed with pleva, a rare autoimmune skin condition and Hashimoto’s in 2009, I felt lost and unsure what was next.  Doctors undersold the impact on my life and that of my family’s, saying my conditions would be treated the same as the non-autoimmune version, in the case of the

Low Dose Naltrexone: A “New” Treatment for Autoimmune Diseases

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  Note: If you want to try LDN, but your doctor won’t prescribe it for you, Julia Schopick is conducting a 2-part teleseminar on October 22 & October 29 to teach participants about LDN and how to convince doctors to prescribe it.  Attendees will get a packet of specially prepared materials about LDN.  Please see HonestMedicine.com’s Teleseminar page for details. ————————————————————————————————————————————- Those of you who have read my

Did My Genes Cause My Autoimmune Conditions?

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As we are rapidly learning, autoimmune diseases appear to be a result of an unclear combination of genetics, environment and immune regulatory problems.  While we don’t completely understand the contribution of each in terms of proportions and impact, researchers have been somewhat successful in starting to put the pieces of the genetic puzzle together.  (This is also occurring regarding environmental impacts, though this is beyond

Autoimmune In The Family: Don’t Dismiss Your “Mom Radar”

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I’m sure many of you reading this will understand when I say I feel like a detective with an honorary medical degree desperately trying to put together the pieces of this autoimmune puzzle.  To say this challenge is exhausting mentally, as well as physically, is an understatement. My diagnosis of Antiphospholipid Syndrome came after my second miscarriage.  As fate would have it, my OB/GYN also

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