I feel the need to reach out to all fellow sufferers of Autoimmune Disease today as I have read a really uplifting article by Amy Myers MD entitled Understanding The True Cause of Autoimmune Disease. There is so much more we need to know about Autoimmune Disease and most importantly, what causes it.
When I was first diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease, I wanted to know why and how I had succumbed to this debilitating illness. The answers were not always forthcoming and I had no idea there was more to come.
I have had Psoriasis since I was a child. My father was covered in it, but thankfully I have never been as badly affected as he was.
The condition scared me growing up, haunted by memories of my father’s suffering and Michael Gambon bringing it all back in his iconic performance in the 1986 TV series The Singing Detective, written by Dennis Potter. Gambon plays the part of a writer, hospitalized with psoriatic arthropathy. Yes, it can attack the joints too.
I had no idea that Psoriasis was an Autoimmune Disease until I was diagnosed with Collagenous Colitis 20 years ago, Rheumatoid Arthritis 5 years later and more recently Scleroderma after my stomach started getting hard and itchy. I remember being shocked when the Dermatologist confirmed the diagnosis, telling me I had Scleroderma on my back as well. Growing up I was led to believe that the eyesore on my back was scar tissue resulting from a riding accident … when I was 9 years old. Scleroderma morphs in many different ways.
I have had Uveitis a couple of times in the last two years and have been told it will recur. There are many causes of this unpleasant eye condition and autoimmune disease is one of them.
So what triggers your immune system to attack the cells it’s supposed to be protecting? Why do more women suffer from the disease than men? Is it because you picked up superbug at some stage which zapped your immune system? Or is it because you were born with it? In my case, was it a rogue paternal gene that sparked my Autoimmune roller coaster ride? Is it hereditary?
So many unanswered questions, yet I have been on steroids for so long that I adjust the dosage myself to manage the flare-ups and put up with the side effects. We know there is no cure, but there must be an alternative. Prescribed medicines aside and we’d rather not be taking them anyway, the most common symptoms never go away.
- achy muscles
- swelling and redness
- low-grade fever
- trouble concentrating
- numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- hair loss
- skin rashes
But Dr. Amy Myers is suggesting that there is another way to manage our Autoimmune plagued lives. She is not only a doctor but someone who has battled against the disease herself. So there is nobody better to get to the root of the problem of our autoimmunity.
In this short article, Dr. Myers gives us hope that there may well to live without prescribed medication and even reverse the condition.