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Do Estrogen and Progesterone’s Rise and Fall During Your Cycle Create Autoimmune Flares? (Yes, Unfortunately.)

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Which hormones fluctuate throughout the month during my cycle – estrogen and progesterone, or just estrogen? The menstrual cycle proceeds through a complicated and highly coordinated dance of hormones.  By convention the cycle begins with menstruation.  During this time, levels of estrogen and progesterone are low.  During the next part of the cycle, levels

8 Lessons Learned After A Tumultuous Postpartum Experience With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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When it came time to try for a baby, my husband and I adopted our usual cautiously optimistic approach. We started trying to conceive the earliest we thought we’d feel ready, with the underlying assumption that it might take longer than average because my body didn’t always function normally. Imagine our surprise when we discovered we were pregnant on the

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Autoimmune Fatigue: A Day In The Life, To Spread Awareness & Understanding

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  It never leaves us. It’s a super symptom of almost all autoimmune diseases. For us moms, we realize it’s similar to the fatigue experienced in the first trimester of pregnancy… except it doesn’t go away at 14 weeks. Yet autoimmune fatigue is undeniably an invisible symptom. I can have the best night’s sleep, yet wake up feeling like I

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook Review: A Staple In Your Autoimmune Kitchen

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The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness, by Mickey Trescott, NTP is simply beautiful. I love the feel of the cookbook, more than any other that I own. There’s something about the smooth cover that makes me want to open it and choose a recipe that I know will be delicious and make me feel great (no

Breast Cancer’s Ties to Autoimmune: Hashimoto’s, Graves’, Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Arthritis and Lupus

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Which autoimmune diseases have a connection to breast cancer incidence? At least one study has shown an increased rate of breast cancer in women with multiple sclerosis. Same as rheumatoid arthritis – researchers at University of North Carolina at Charlotte found a link between metastatic breast cancer and autoimmune arthritis. In another study, ulcerative colitis has shown a tentative association

6 Ways Stanford Medicine X Changed The Way I Think About Patient “Communities”

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At the fourth annual 2015 Stanford Medicine X, doctors, technologists, policy makers and “epatients” — patients who have blogs or active social media presence — came together to talk about the future of health care, to put it broadly. There were big names: Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now who inspired around democratizing medicine, and the White

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