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This list is not at all inclusive, just the most common afflictions we have addressed.
What are autoimmune diseases?
Although there are many different types of autoimmune diseases and they can affect many different organs, they are all similar in that they are an immune response caused by systemic reaction that leads your body to attack itself. Your immune system has a very sophisticated system for keeping you safe that leads it to identify all of the foreign substances that enter your body or that you come into contact with. If your immune system views anything as dangerous, it will produce antibodies to fend off the harmful intruders.
Autoimmune diseases arise when your body is working hard to defend itself against something potentially dangerous, such as an allergen, a toxin, an infection, or even a food, and it fails to differentiate between the intruder and parts of your own body. Mistaking certain types of tissues for harmful substances, your body turns these antibodies against itself, causing all sorts of problems to your organs.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or a combination of several of them, we can help your body restore its balance.
- Joint pain, muscle pain or weakness or a tremor.
- Weight loss, insomnia, heat intolerance or rapid heartbeat.
- Recurrent rashes or hives, a butterfly-shaped rash across your nose and cheeks.
- Difficulty focusing.
- Feeling tired or fatigued, weight gain or cold intolerance.
- Hair loss or white patches on your skin or inside your mouth.
- Abdominal pain, blood or mucus in your stool, diarrhea or mouth ulcers.
- Dry eyes, mouth or skin.
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
- Miscarriages or blood clots
Crohn's Disease Symptoms
You may have symptoms such as:
- Frequent diarrhea
- Abdominal pain (but can walk and eat normally)
- No signs of:
- High fever
- Abdominal tenderness
- Painful mass
- Intestinal obstruction
- Weight loss of more than 10%
Moderate to Severe
You may have symptoms such as:
- Frequent diarrhea
- Abdominal pain or tenderness
- Significant weight loss
- Significant anemia (a few of these symptoms may include fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and headache)
Persistent symptoms despite appropriate treatment for moderate to severe Crohn’s, and you may also experience:
- High fever
- Persistent vomiting
- Evidence of intestinal obstruction (blockage) or abscess (localized infection or collection of pus). A few of these symptoms may include abdominal pain that doesn’t go away or gets worse, swelling of the abdomen, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation.
- More severe weight loss
Nothing can accurately describe the physical pain that is caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis pain is chronic and is not something that can be easily fixed with just a pain pill. This pain can be one of the most crippling aspects of living with RA.
The constant attack on otherwise healthy joints leads to inflammation. The joints become red and swollen. Although inflammation helps us know there is a problem, the individual is already suffering a great deal before realizing what is going on. When joints are constantly inflamed they eventually begin to move around. This can lead to joint damage and disfigurement, which can sometimes be permanent. Many of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are directly related to this inflammatory process.
Eventually, joints that are continually inflamed often begin to experience extended periods of stiffness, which can sometimes lead to substantial reductions in strength and mobility. One of the most prominent symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is morning stiffness.
When rheumatoid arthritis is active, a person can easily become extremely tired to the point of being bound to their chair. This constant lack of energy can be one of the most limiting aspects of life with RA. Living with RA can bring about many emotional challenges. Stress and anxiety levels may increase. Periods of depression and feelings of losing hope can easily arise. Coping with chronic illness is difficult. In addition to that, rheumatoid arthritis is not related to age – it can affect people young and old alike. There is even a juvenile form of RA. Many people confuse RA with osteoarthritis, another form of arthritis, which is typically associated with age.
Some people living with RA might show visible signs of joint damage, or may use assistive mobility devices. Mostly though, in many cases of rheumatoid arthritis the illness is invisible.
At Atlanta Health Specialists, we want you to know that we are here to support individuals who have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The adrenal glands are two small glands, each about the size of a large grape. They are on top of the kidneys. Their purpose is to help the body cope with stress and help it to survive. Each adrenal gland has two compartments. The inner compartment is the adrenal medulla. The adrenal medulla modulates the sympathetic nervous system through secretion and regulation of two hormones called epinephrine and norepinephrine. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are responsible for the fight or flight response.
The outer compartment is the adrenal cortex. The adrenal cortex comprises 80 percent of the adrenal gland and produces over 50 different hormones.
The most important glucocorticoid is cortisol. When cortisol is lowered, the body will be unable to deal with stress. This happens in Adrenal Fatigue.
Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
- Tendency to gain weight and unable to lose it, especially around the waist.
- High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases.
- Infections that tend to last longer than usual.
- Tendency to tremble when under pressure.
- Reduced sex drive.
- lightheaded when rising from a horizontal position.
- Unable to remember things.
- Lack of energy in the mornings and in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm.
- Feel better suddenly for a brief period after a meal.
- Often feel tired from 9 – 10 pm, but resist going to bed.
- Need coffee or stimulants to get going in the morning.
- Cravings for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese.
- Increased symptoms of PMS for women. Periods are heavy and then stop, or are almost stopped on the 4th day, only to start flow again on the 5th or 6th day.
- Pain in the upper back or neck with no clear reason.
- Feels better when there is less stress, such as on a vacation.
- Difficulties in getting up in the morning.
- Mild depression.
- Food and or inhalant allergies.
- Lethargy and lack of energy.
- Increased effort to perform daily tasks.
- Decreased ability to handle stress.
- Dry and thin skin.
- Low body temperature.
- Unexplained hair loss.
- Alternating constipation and diarrhea.
None of the signs or symptoms by themselves can definitively pinpoint Adrenal Fatigue. However, when looked at collectively, these signs and symptoms form a specific picture of a person under stress. These signs and symptoms are often the end result of acute, severe, chronic, or excessive stress. The body is unable to reduce such stress.
When the adrenal glands become dysfunctional, our body’s ability to handle stress is reduced.
If you feel like your body is in such an imbalance, we can help support it to reach a more balanced state.
Diabetes Type 2
This is the most common form of diabetes, also called “adult onset” diabetes, since it used to develop after age 35. As a growing number of children and young adults are developing this disease, it is not being called this way anymore. Type 2 diabetes, or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose), your body’s important source of fuel.
Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, those with type 2 can produce some of their own insulin, but it’s often not enough. According to the Mayo Clinic: “Type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin.
Some symptoms you may notice:
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Urinating Often
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in hands/feet
At Atlanta Health Specialists, we address the energy loss and we help support your body’s needs so that it can restore its balance.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an illness that’s typically caused by bacteria carried by infected ticks. Lyme disease is treatable, but it can cause serious health problems if the individual waits too long to get treatment. Many people with Lyme disease don’t know they have it until their symptoms are advanced.
The most well known symptom of Lyme disease is a rash that looks like a bull’s-eye. The area directly around the tick bite may be red and raised and look like a normal bug bite. The rash often spreads in a circular pattern that’s lighter in the center and darker on the outer ring. However, not everyone who gets Lyme disease gets this rash.
Classic signs of early Lyme disease include:
- muscle aches
Symptoms can start at any time between three and 30 days after being infected. They are very similar to the flu symptoms.
Some people with Lyme disease experience other, more advanced symptoms of the illness. Joint pain, especially in the knees, and a stiff neck may arise in the early-symptom stage or many months after the tick bite. Severe headaches and shooting pain in the overall body may keep the person up at night. Dizziness and changes in the heart rate or rhythm are also advanced symptoms of Lyme disease.
Lyme disease that isn’t treated for several months can lead to more serious problems, including those that affect the nervous system and they may go untreated due to the confusion in the symptoms. For example people with Bell’s palsy sometimes look like they’ve had a stroke because they can’t move the muscles on one side of their face. Movement problems, especially in the arms and legs, can also occur.
Heart problems and inflammation of the eyes and liver are rare but possible in late-stage Lyme disease.
Some people experience chronic symptoms of Lyme disease even after several weeks of antibiotic treatment. Although the bacteria have been eliminated from the body, the symptoms of Lyme disease may linger. This can include:
- short-term memory problems
- joint or muscle aches
Lyme disease can have serious effects on the individual’s health, especially if it is diagnosed late.
On the other hand, people with advanced Lyme disease may take longer to recover their balanced state, yet if well supported, most individuals can eventually achieve
The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck. It has right and left lobes that confer a butterfly-shaped appearance. The hormones produced by this gland control the body’s metabolism, or the processes by which the body uses energy. Disorders that affect thyroid function can either speed up or slow down metabolic processes, which can lead to a wide range of symptoms.
Symptoms possibly related to Thyroid Imbalance:
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Coarse, dry hair
- Dry, rough pale skin
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance
- Muscle cramps
- Frequent muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased Libido
At Atlanta Health Specialists, we help support your thyroid in order for your body to find its balance naturally.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease