Are you suffering from an autoimmune condition? An autoimmune condition is when your body’s immune system attacks its own tissue. This can lead to numerous symptoms and commonly results in systemic inflammation. In the presence of stress and inflammation, the body does not function well, resulting in more symptoms and physiologic imbalances.
RedRiver Health and Wellness Center is dedicated to providing complete autoimmune disease help so that you can manage your symptoms.
The National Institute of Health estimates that as many as 23.5 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease and that the prevalence of autoimmunity is on the rise. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association reports that researchers have identified between 80 and 100 different autoimmune diseases, with the potential for at least 40 more in the near future. These diseases are chronic and can be life threatening. Autoimmune disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in females from adolescence through age 64. A close genetic relationship exists among autoimmune diseases. This genetic prevalence explains clustering in individuals and families, as well as a common pathway of disease. In addition, they report that commonly used immunosuppressant treatments lead to devastating long-term side effects.
Those who suffer from an autoimmune condition often encounter the same dilemma, namely that their treatments are disease-specific and symptom-based. These treatments often suppress symptoms while allowing the autoimmunity to progress uninhibited.
Typically, one area is targeted while many other imbalances and triggers that interact to create a vicious cycle are ignored. This cycle causes the immune response to continue to flare up throughout the body. This is why patients suffering with autoimmune diseases may feel little to no improvement.
RedRiver Health and Wellness Center utilizes comprehensive autoimmune disease tests to evaluate the imbalances that may be causing the immune response to flare up. An individual may have as many as 7-10 potential “triggers” including, but not limited to, insulin surges, hormonal imbalance, adrenal dysfunction, chemical imbalance, deficiency syndromes, dietary imbalance, and lifestyle traits. We aim to find the specific triggers that cause the immune response to flare up; then, we work collaboratively with our patient’s primary care physician and endocrinologist to manage their care, including by working to reduce the triggers, restoring function and thereby improving symptoms. Throughout this process, our practitioners educate each patient so that they can take a more active role in their healthcare.