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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.

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

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

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Make-Up To Hide The Signs Of Autoimmune Fatigue

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

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We Are Not Hypochondriacs! A Call For Autoimmune Voices

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,

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

Those of you who have read my Amazon.com bestselling book, HONEST MEDICINE,  know that it features four low-cost treatments for very serious illnesses — treatments that are, according to the book’s subtitle, effective, time-tested and inexpensive.  One of these, Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), will be of particular interest to followers of AutoimmuneMom.com, because it is a non-toxic, off-label medication that

Did My Genes Cause My Autoimmune Conditions?

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