Finding out that you have an auto immune disease can be a quite scary, but by the time I found out, I was actually relieved to at last find out why I was feeling so ill most of the time.
Auto immune diseases occur when the immune system, which is the body’s defence mechanism, becomes confused and identifies healthy cells as foreign, and starts to attack the healthy cells instead of attacking bacteria or viruses, causing damage to your body organs.
Most auto immune diseases fluctuate between these flare-ups and periods in which the disease is controlled.
Hashimotos is not an ugly little man
When the doctor told me I had Hashimotos thyroiditis, I thought he was joking.
I thought at first he was talking about the ugliest man in the world….the name rang a bell for some reason!
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be fatal if left untreated, it can cause coma or heart problems – but with treatment, the prognosis is very good.
However, having an under active thyroid does make it more challenging to control or to lose weight.
I have been on medication for the past 14 years now, and still have problems now and then when my medication has to be adjusted.
Stress levels and diet are important
Avoiding high stress levels and eating a well balanced, healthy diet are really important if you want to avoid some of the fluctuations from having the disease controlled to being difficult to control.
It is therefore important to be mindful of not having too much sugar, or even that extra glass of wine!
I know I will always suffer the next day if I have not eaten correctly or over-indulged with a larger than normal glass of wine.
I am used to the regular blood tests now, and am indeed thankful that my doctor from many years ago diagnosed me correctly.
It took a few months of ruling out everything under the sun, but once I was on the medication, I started to have more energy and felt a bit better.
Other auto immune diseases
There are many different types of auto immune diseases that affect different parts of your body.
Some of them are as follows:
- Coeliac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Type 1 diabetes
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Pernicious anaemia
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Maybe life is not about avoiding the bruises, but more about showing the scars to prove that we showed up for it!
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