Your immune system is designed to protect your body from viruses and bacteria, sending out antibodies to attack, these foreign bodies. These fighter cells can usually tell the difference between your healthy cells and the invaders.
When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells of your body. In some cases, attacks on your healthy cells can lead to health complications, such as inflammation, chronic pain, and organ damage.
Healthpark Medical Center experienced physicians treat a variety of autoimmune disorders, such as:
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that can cause damage to your joints, kidneys, heart, and brain, causing a body rash, pain, and fatigue.
Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune condition where the hormone production in your thyroid slows down, causing weight gain, hair loss, thyroid swelling, and chronic fatigue.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune system attack that affects your joints, causing warmth, persistent soreness, and stiffness.
There are several tests the Healthpark Medical Center physicians can use to confirm an autoimmune disorder.
Initially, they may collect a sample of blood to determine if you have an autoimmune disorder, althought further testing is necessary to confirm which disorder it is.
Also, your Healthpark Medical Center physician can review your medical history and existing symptoms to look for indicators of an autoimmune disorder.
Your Healthpark Medical Center physician creates a custom treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and to ensure your body can still effectively fight off bacteria and germs.
An important part of treating an autoimmune disorder, or preventing one from developing, is your diet. Foods that cause chronic inflammation in your body are often the underlying factor in autoimmune disorders, Your Healthpark Medical Center physician works with you to customize an anti-inflammatory diet to prevent inflammation.
The medical team may also administer testing to identify potential food sensitivities and underlying digestive issues that may be triggering an autoimmune response in your body.