Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a body’s immune system attacks the
tissues. This causes complications in swelling of the tissue, bone erosion, and severe joint problems or
deformations. Rheumatoid arthritis usually starts in the joints of the feet and hands and then moves to
other parts of the body. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can come and go and may also affect the
skin, organs, nerves, eyes, and bone marrow.
Multiple Sclerosis is caused by the immune systems abnormal reaction to the central nervous system.
This causes damage to the nerves and can either slow or stop the transmissions that are needed for
good communication between the brain and body. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis are numbness or
weakness in limbs, tremors, vision issues, speech problems, tingling pain, dizzy spells, and problems with
the bladder and bowels.
T-cells are the cells in the human immune system that destroy cancerous cells or cells that get infected.
A T-cell that is overactive mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells and causes psoriasis. This causes skin cells
to build up in thick layers or patches on the surface. Smoking, stress, alcohol, a deficiency in vitamin D,
and certain medicines can trigger psoriasis. Infections and injuries can also be triggers.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Common factors that can play a part in the cause of IBS are overactive muscles that cause strong
contractions that are abnormal, which can cause the symptoms of IBS. There is also a possibility that
there are abnormal nerves in the digestive system, which aren’t sending the right signals, therefore the
brain and intestines don’t communicate properly. There may also be a number of cells in the intestines
that are over active from the immune system, causing pain and diarrhea. Infections and changes in the
bacteria of the gut can also be factors in IBS. IBS symptoms include: excess gas, constipation, diarrhea,
mucus in the stool and pain. Severe symptoms of IBC are weight loss, bleeding, an iron deficiency,
problems with swallowing food, severe pain, and vomiting.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain that feels like an ache, lasts a long time, and travels around the body.
There is also a marked inability to focus, or feeling foggy headed. Many times, fibromyalgia is also
connected with irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, joint problems and bladder problems.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CFS is sometimes triggered by issues with the immune system, hormonal imbalances, and infections.
Symptoms include memory loss, headaches, extreme amounts of exhaustion, pain in the joints and
muscles, sore throat, ,and enlarged lymph nodes.
Other Autoimmune Disorders
Lupus, Vasculitis and Graves’ disease are just some of the many other autoimmune disorders that are
caused by a body’s immune system not working properly and attacking healthy parts of the body or
causing parts of the body to overwork.