An autoimmune disease is a condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks the body. The immune system usually protects your body against viruses and bacteria. When it senses that there is a foreign invader in the body, it usually sends fighter cells to combat them. Recent research revealed that autoimmune diseases are among the top ten causes of death in women aged below 64 years. There are over 80 autoimmune diseases but their symptoms are the same for all of them. Identifying the symptoms of autoimmune diseases early can help save your life.
In this article, we have researched and compiled a list of 10 signs of possible immune system dysfunctions.
1. Headaches, attention deficit problems, and brain fog
Persistent headaches, attention deficit problems, and brain fog are signs of immune system dysfunction. Even though these systems are mostly associated with lack of sleep and stress, they are also a sign of immune system dysfunction, especially if they occur persistently over some time.
2. Psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, butterfly rashes, and eczema
Skin conditions such as Psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, butterfly rashes, and eczema are signs of a possible immune system dysfunction. Skin problems are not only painful and irritating but they also lower a person’s self-esteem and confidence. If regular remedies don’t work, visit a doctor immediately because these signs may indicate that you are suffering from autoimmune disorders such as scleroderma, psoriasis, hemolytic anemia among other disorders.
3. Allergic asthma
Although there is still little evidence linking allergic asthma with autoimmune disorders, there are multiple studies that suggest that this disease occurs as a result of immune system dysfunction. However, more research needs to be done to verify this claim.
4. Fatigue or hyperactivity
Fatigue or hyperactivity is a common symptom of nearly all autoimmune conditions. If you realize that you get tired quickly when performing normal daily chores or you feel more tired when you wake up than when you went to bed, you need to visit your physician immediately for a checkup because chances are that you are suffering from an autoimmune condition.
5. Muscle pain and weakness, pain, stiffness
Muscle pain and weakness can make it hard for you to do your daily tasks. For instance, you may find it difficult to carry heavy stuff or walk upstairs. If these symptoms occur over a short period then disappear that should not concern you. However, if they occur persistently over a long time, you should visit your doctor immediately as it can be a sign that you are suffering from an autoimmune disease such as psoriasis, hashimoto’s disease, arthritis, autoimmune hepatitis, rheumatoid among other autoimmune diseases.
6. Stomach cramping, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas
Digestion problems are painful and uncomfortable. Persistent autoimmune issues such as constipation gas bloating, gas and stomach cramping can be a sign that you are suffering from autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disorder, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease among other diseases.
7. Weight loss or weight gain
The thyroid is a crucial organ that controls crucial metabolic processes in the body. If it malfunctions (not produce sufficient hormone or produce excessive hormones), it can lead to loss or gain of weight. Some autoimmune diseases usually affect the thyroid. Therefore, if you notice a sudden weight gain or weight loss you should consult your doctor immediately.
8. Tingling and numbness of the hand and feet
Tingling and numbness should not worry you if they don’t occur often and also don’t cause any pain However, if they occur persistently and causes pain, you should consult your doctor immediately because you may be suffering from an autoimmune disease.
9. Hair loss
Sudden hair loss is usually a sign that your immune system is attacking your hair follicles. This process usually starts with scalp skin inflammation then progresses to other parts of the body. Therefore, if you notice sudden hair loss, you should seek medical attention immediately.
10. Low-grade fever
Most people usually ignore an unexplained low-grade fever. Clinical studies suggest that unexplained low-grade fever is a sign of autoimmune disease. Please consult your doctor if you have a persistent low-grade fever.
In conclusion, the symptoms mentioned above may indicate that you are suffering from an autoimmune disease. However, there can be other triggers for them. The only way to know what you are suffering from is by consulting your doctor.