Autoimmune Disease

What is Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmune diseases are a paradox of the human body, where the immune system, which is designed to defend the body, turns against it.

These conditions can manifest as any of over 80 known disorders, including lupus, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, Irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, and multiple sclerosis (MS).

  • Are you experiencing fluctuating symptoms that are hard to pin down?
  • Do you feel constantly drained even after a complete night’s sleep?
  • Are you grappling with joint pain or skin rashes that appear and disappear without apparent reason?
  • Have doctors been unable to give you a clear diagnosis, attributing symptoms to stress or age?

Fatigue, joint pain, skin issues, or even digestive disturbances might be more than just random ailments – they could be red flags of an autoimmune condition.

It’s essential to realize that these aren’t just isolated incidents; they might be pieces of a larger autoimmune puzzle.

Recognizing Autoimmune Symptoms

Autoimmune diseases can present with a wide array of symptoms, often misleading due to their non-specificity. Common manifestations include:

  • Persistent fatigue
  • Swollen joints or joint pain
  • Skin issues like rashes or dry skin
  • Digestive problems such as bloating, gas, or diarrhea
  • Unexplained low-grade fever or weight changes

Conventional Management of Autoimmune Conditions

Mainstream medicine’s approach to autoimmune conditions often revolves around symptom suppression, primarily through immunosuppressive medications or steroids.

While these can bring temporary relief, they do not tackle the root causes and might even introduce a host of side effects.

Conventional medicine typically does not examine the lifestyle factors that can aggravate autoimmune conditions which allows symptoms to worsen as the root cause is never addressed.

The Functional Medicine Approach To Autoimmunity

In functional medicine, the philosophy is clear: understanding autoimmune diseases necessitates digging deeper than symptoms.

We consider the intricate interplay of factors like gut health, inflammation, chronic infections, environmental toxins, and even emotional stress.

Our holistic view integrates extensive patient histories with advanced laboratory testing. We seek to identify and rectify underlying triggers, be it dietary sensitivities, gut dysbiosis, or hormonal imbalances.

Beyond symptom alleviation, our goal is to restore the body’s equilibrium and nurture overall wellness. By adopting personalized nutritional, lifestyle, and therapeutic strategies, we empower you to regain control of your health.

If you’re battling ambiguous symptoms and wish to explore a holistic, integrative approach to understanding and managing potential autoimmune conditions, we’re here to guide and support.

Schedule Discovery Consult

Start on your holistic healing path today with a discovery call so we can learn more about your specific case and autoimmune challenges.

Our patient coordinator is on standby, happy to assist and clarify any questions you might have to determine if our comprehensive approach is right for you.

Click here to schedule your free discovery consult or call our office at 714.434.9355.

About Vaughan Vitality Wellness

Pioneering a transformative approach to complex chronic conditions and autoimmune disorders, Dr. Kristi Vaughan at Vaughan Vitality Wellness blends integrative & functional medicine insights with advanced diagnostic tools. We prioritize deciphering and treating the root causes of your symptoms so patients can feel and look their absolute best.

Autoimmune Success Stories

At Vaughn Vitality Wellness, we promise to put you first — by treating you with respect and providing the holistic medical attention you need. Our team excels at discovering the root cause of your medical condition. Our treatment approaches can help prevent disease and, in some cases, reverse illness.