The following symptoms are common in many, if not all, autoimmune diseases.You may not realize that many of your health issues are caused by an autoimmune diesases. But if you have a number of these symptoms, you likely are suffering from an autoimmune disease.
(There is a possibility that what you have going on with your health is actually not an autoimmune disease, but is cause by candida overgrowth.
gives you extensive information on candida, and the details of a test to see if you have candida overgrowth.)
Of course, it is entirely possible that you will have both an autoimmune disease and candida. So your doctor may find that you do test for autoimmune disease, and you can test yourself to see if you have candida overgrowth. Or get your doctor to test for that also. Unfortunately, they medical profession is often clueless about both issues.
Fatigue: It’s not a good fatigue, from working hard, but an anxious, uncomfortable fatigue related to lack of sleep. Or a disruption of the energy production mechanism in cells, either from lack of oxygen, increased toxicity, infections or a malfunction of the mitochondria.
Sleep Disturbance: About 80% of Lupus sufferers may wake up three or four times a night or, in some cases, you don’t wake up much but, in the morning you still feel like a truck ran over you.
The reason for this is that subliminal seizures kick you out of stage 4 Delta sleep and into stage 1 sleep so you don't sleep deeply and wake up not rested.
Short Term Memory Loss: Because of the low thyroid and heart complications typical in autoimmune diseases, there is a decrease in blood flow to the left lobe of the brain causing an oxygen deficiency in the brain.
This can lead to the memory loss and forgetfulness that is common in autoimmune diseases.
Emotional Liability: Someone may cry more easily, be more anxious and fearful. This is caused by the illness, and is not a psychological reaction!
Depression: As with the emotional symptoms, the hypothalamus is involved. This is not clinical depression, but literally has a physical cause that is sometimes experienced as a deep depression right in the heart.
Low Thyroid Function: About 85% have this symptom, but only about 10% of the time does it show up on a typical thyroid test. If you get tested, have both a T3 and T4 done.
About 10% have excessive hair loss. For most everyone, a poorly performing thyroid will show up as subnormal temperatures.
Gastrointestinal Problems: About 75% have this symptom. This can range from gas, bloating, cramps, diarrhea or constipation to hiatal hernia, irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s Disease.
Sometimes taking a simple homeopathic remedy like arsenicum album, 6x or 6c can make a difference with these symptoms.
Swollen Glands, Chemical Sensitivity, Headaches: Allergies often develop, usually after 3 to 5 years. Eyes can be light sensitive for 6 months or longer. Dry eyes can develop. About 20% experience a very uncomfortable disequilibrium of vertigo, almost an out of body feeling that can be most disconcerting.
Pain and Fibromyalgia: Often diagnosed as a separate illness, fibromyalgia is basically a symptom that can occur with any autoimmune disease. If you have it, you’ve got pain, often in the neck and in shoulder muscles extending down the back. Can be in the joints and muscles also.
Low Blood Sugar: Most people who have an autoimmune disease are Hypoglycemic.
Candida Yeast Infections: These are very common. While technically not a symptom of an autoimmune disease, candida overgrowth can develop concurrently with autoimmune diseases.
A quick test is to check your tongue. If it has a white coating, you likely have candida overgrowth. Or, take the spit test you will read about on the candida site linked above.
Vaginal yeast infections are often caused by candida overgrowth. Candida overgrowth can cause a number of autoimmune type symptoms. Frequent sinus infections often are caused by candida.
Tingling hands, Ringing ears, Cold toes, Cold fingers, Metallic taste in the mouth: Caused by poor circulation and who knows what.
Overdoing: You over-exercise or overwork when you are feeling good, and then feel worse for days afterward. This can cause serious problems.
In healthy people the body shuts down when the anaerobic threshold is reached as a lot of pain is experienced. This warning does not occur if you have an autoimmune disease.
Instead, the body continues to exercise and experiences no pain as the lactic acid builds up, and the body ends up recirculating carbon dioxide.
This is not a healthy process to have happen to you. It is important not to push too hard when you start recovering, or this will set you back and wipe you out.
Fluttering Heart, Panic Attacks, Rapid Heartbeat, Mitral Valve Prolapse: Usually blood pressure is low though, it can get high later on.
The heart under-pumps blood because it is getting an incorrect message from the autonomous nervous system. The bodies feedback loop picks this up and over-reacts and you'll have these symptoms.
If you have an autoimmune illness, it is not likely you have all these symptoms. However, you will have many of them to some degree.
Go back to the autoimmune disease page you were reading to learn more about what causes autoimmune diseases and what to do to reverse your autoimmune disease.