Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Hashimoto’s, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Colitis) are extremely prevalent.
I see patients with an autoimmune disease almost every day in practice, and my own mom even lost her colon to Ulcerative Colitis.
There has been a lot of media coverage about this lately and I was inspired by the courage with which Selma Blair embraced her autoimmune disease (MS).
I wanted to discuss the struggles patients face when they are first diagnosed and give people more information and hope because there are many things you can do to feel better.
When patients are first diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, they usually experience the same three things:
- They are told by their doctor in a short, often rushed, appointment where they don’t feel like they have had enough time to have their questions answered (this is not the doctors fault, just the way the system is)
- Given some medication and/or referred to a specialist (again, without knowing exactly what for)
- Then sent on their way feeling completely overwhelmed and confused
Then they start doing their own research online which frightens them even more. They are bombarded with so many different websites giving mixed information and advertising seemingly opposite cures.
It becomes way too much information and misinformation too quickly. This leads to overwhelm, hopelessness, taking a million different supplements that are likely having little effect, and despair.
Instead of feeling completely overwhelmed, I want you to feel empowered with the choices you are making regarding your autoimmune condition.
I want you to feel in control of your health and your body.
There are certain things that have been shown to be effective in research and certain things that have been effective in clinical practice (see my article here about what to do when you are first diagnosed). I want to give you this information so you can feel the best you can, without wasting time and money on things that are not beneficial.
In my experience treating patient with these conditions, it is possible to control your symptoms and slow disease progression.
This whole process is extremely scary and patients come to me overwhelmed, frightened, angry, and hopeless. People are worried things will continue to get worse, they will continue to suffer, and there is nothing they can do. The truth is there is SO MUCH you can do to decrease the inflammation that is causing your immune system to be off balance.
To kick-start your journey to feeling your best and controlling your disease, I have created a guide for you. Please enjoy my free guidelines for those who have just been diagnosed!