Autoimmune diseases can cause you to feel generally run down or produce nagging muscle aches and joint pain before becoming severe enough to raise red flags. At the Rheumatic Disease Center in Milwaukee, Glendale, and Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, you can consult exceptional specialists trained to identify the cause of your symptoms and create a personalized treatment plan. Call the nearest office today or book an appointment online to get expert care for autoimmune disease symptoms that don’t improve.
Normally, your immune system keeps you healthy by attacking and eliminating viruses, germs, and other harmful substances. An autoimmune disease causes your immune system to mistakenly attack healthy body tissues.
When you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system malfunctions, determining that a part of your body is dangerous to your health. In a misguided effort to protect you, the immune system mounts a response, attacking healthy cells or tissue and causing inflammation and tissue damage.
There are more than 100 known autoimmune diseases, the most common being:
People with one autoimmune disease have a much higher risk of developing a second condition.
Your symptoms depend on which autoimmune disease you have. However, as a group, these conditions frequently cause:
Some autoimmune diseases cause symptoms that flare up for a while, then go into temporary remission. Others cause constant symptoms that lead to progressive tissue damage.
Men develop autoimmune diseases, but women have a significantly higher risk. Women represent more than 75% of all people diagnosed with an autoimmune condition.
Your risk is also higher if you have a family history of autoimmune disorders. Some autoimmune diseases, like lupus, run in families. But it’s also common for several people in one family to have different autoimmune conditions.
A genetic tendency could predict your risk of developing an autoimmune condition without giving you a hint about which one might eventually appear.
The Rheumatic Disease Center team treats each person individually, creating a plan that deals with their specific diagnosis, symptoms severity, and overall health.
Though each autoimmune disease requires unique treatment, the foundation of your care includes a vast array of medications. These drugs are combined with physical therapy and personalized recommendations for improving your diet and lifestyle.
Call the Rheumatic Disease Center today or request an appointment online to learn more about autoimmune diseases or get help for your symptoms.