Autoimmunity has become increasingly more common due to environmental toxins, chemicals and food proteins. We can develop a response that initially should be normal to a foreign invader. However, at times are immune system becomes over reactive and it fails to properly distinguish between a foreign invader and our own body tissue.
Do you have chronic pain, or chronic fatigue, or other symptoms that Doctors are finding it difficult to help? Have you had lab tests that are essentially normal but you know there has to be something wrong? In all likelihood, you have an autoimmunity but have not been properly diagnosed.
There are three stages of Autoimmunity.
SILENT AUTOIMMUNITY: Elevated antibodies with no symptoms or loss of tissue
AUTOIMMUNE REACTIVITY: Elevated antibodies with symptoms and no noticeable loss of tissue
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE: Elevated antibodies with symptoms, and measurable tissue destruction
Symptoms of Autoimmunity
Symptoms of autoimmunity vary depending on which part of the body is being attacked, but they often include chronic pain, inflammation and fatigue. At times it can affect digestion, cause anxiety or depression and affect you neurologically.
The diagnosis of autoimmunity is often not made due to inadequate testing. Proper testing is essential in the diagnosis of autoimmunity.
Fortunately, we have testing through Cyrex Labs that can screen for antibodies against multiple tissues. This is Cyrex Array 5. Cyrex has other test such as the multiple food panel and chemical and pathogen panel to see if this is a contributing factor to the autoimmuity.
If the antibodies are higher than normal this means that your immune system is becoming more reactive.
The goal is to catch it early so it does not cause tissue destruction. We want to balance the overzealous improperly functioning immune system.
This can be accomplished several ways. First to minimize the exposure that is causing the inflammatory reaction. Second, to control the dysbiosis or the unhealthy bacteria in the gut. Third to modulate the immune response, TH1 and TH2.
When we can dampen the inflammatory response as well as balance TH1 and TH2 with the T -reg cells this will minimize the autoimmune reaction of TH17.
Proper diet and lifestyle are key components in controlling the autoimmunity. There are several scientifically proven strategies to employ to assist the patient towards a path of better health.
The symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, bloating, constipation, anxiety, depression, or skin rashes can be extremely frustrating. Our office focuses on getting to the cause and implementing proven strategies to prevent the progression of autoimmunity.
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