Your body's immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks itself by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body. These diseases tend to run in families. Women - particularly African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native-American women - have a higher risk for some autoimmune diseases. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and some have similar symptoms. This makes it hard for your health care provider to know if you really have one of these diseases, and if so, which one. Getting diagnosed can be frustrating and stressful. In many people, the first symptoms are being tired, muscle aches and low fever. The diseases may also have flare-ups, when they get worse, and remissions, when they all but disappear. The diseases do not usually go away, but symptoms can be treated.

Autoimmune Diseases Discussions

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    Autoimmune Hepatitis
    I was given the fantastic news that my body doesn't like itself anymore. I don't know when it had a falling out, but all I can say is the course of ac - 82% more...
    Seeare- over a year ago - 4 Replies - in Autoimmune Diseases
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    pemphigus vulgaris
    Has anyone experience with the autoimmune blistering disease of pemphigus? Course of treatment? Longevity? Encouragement?
    Gettingbetter- over a year ago - 2 Replies - in Autoimmune Diseases
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