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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.

Managing Chronic Conditions With Your New Best Friend, The Virtual Health Assistant

Autoimmune Disease Management via Virtual Health Assistant

The list of medications, supplements, diet restrictions, exercises and doctor appointments goes on and on for those of us with a chronic condition.  Most weeks, I feel as though managing doctor visits alone is a part-time job. Helpful technology options abound — apps, wearables, smart phone reminders — and if you’re in Austin or another tech city, no shortage of

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Best Wearables For Autoimmune Health Tracking

Jawbone UP wearable

In my post last week about quantified self – at-home health tracking to find insights for flares and symptoms – I wrote that I’d be posting a round-up article about the best wearables, which all of course have a companion app to view the data, as seen at SXSW Interactive. Since then, other wearables have launched and others have shut

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Health Tracking: I Went On A Gluten Challenge And Learned What Drives My Fatigue

Smart watch for sport with heart rate monitor

Although SXSW Interactive wound down in mid-March, it is for good reason that this post is published in early summer. I was inspired by the health and medical technology speakers who talked about the idea of ‘quantified self’ – tracking health data to find trends and root causes – particularly after attending the “Decoding Our Bodies: A New Era of

Make-Up To Hide The Signs Of Autoimmune Fatigue

Woman putting make-up

It’s bad enough to feel so tired it’s like you’re walking through thick mud, but for it to show on your face when you need to look your best is even worse.  Luckily, you have a variety of makeup tricks at your disposal to cover fatigue symptoms. Fatigue is a highly common symptom of autoimmune disease.  Research shows that when

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,