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Rheumatology

More about Autoimmune Diseases

Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

There are many types of autoimmune disease and many symptoms.  Symptoms are worse when the patient is experiencing a flare-up of the disease.

  • fatigue
  • fever
  • feeling generally ill or flu-like

Autoimmune diseases affect organs and tissue, most commonly

  • skin
  • connective tissue
  • muscles
  • joints
  • red blood cells
  • blood vessels
  • endocrine glands

How are autoimmune diseases treated?

Autoimmune diseases are chronic and have no cure.  Treatment generally focuses on relieving or lessening the symptoms such as

  • decreasing stress
  • limit sun exposure
  • exercise and eat a balanced diet
  • get plenty of rest
  • pain medication/ anti-inflammatory medication when joints involved
  • physical therapy
  • hormone replacement