I recently got a question from one of my Facebook followers that said:
“Hi Tana, I’ve been suffering with extreme fatigue and achy joints for several years and have been living on caffeine and pain relievers to get through my days. After seeing half a dozen doctors, I finally got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called lupus. Why did it take so long to get diagnosed and is there anything I can do in addition to the medications my doctor prescribed? Brain Warrior Wendy”
These are great questions, Brain Warrior Wendy! While I can’t answer for your situation specifically, as I don’t know the details, I can give you some information that may help shed some light. I went straight to the source, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), to find some answers to your questions. The results are surprising.
Why is it so hard to get an autoimmune diagnosis?
These statistics are bad news for the 23.5 million Americans suffering from an autoimmune disease. And there are probably millions more people who haven’t gotten diagnosed yet with one of the over 100 autoimmune diseases, including:
Attention female Warriors, women are far more likely to have an autoimmune disease compared with men. Check out these startling numbers:
If you suspect you might have an autoimmune disease, the AARDA offers the following tips to speed the process to get an accurate diagnosis:
This is a great start, but I would add several things to this list. If you’re experiencing symptoms of an autoimmune disease:
For additional tips check out my “Ask Tana” video below on improving your autoimmune system and see a complete list of foods to lose, foods to choose, and supplements that support the autoimmune system in my book The Omni Diet.
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