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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.

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

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

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Living With Dermatomyositis, A Connective Tissue Disorder

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

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Will Detoxing Your Liver Help Your Autoimmune Disease?

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

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

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

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

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.