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18 Things People With Autoimmune Diseases Want You To Know

No, it's not something we're lying about.

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2. Before we got diagnosed, it was hard to describe how we felt, and a lot of doctors didn't think to test for autoimmune disorders.

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"I can't feel my body but it also feels like it's been run over by a train and I don't think these rashes are from an allergic reaction."

3. We have to have a lot of patience when explaining our condition, since tons of people never heard of our disease before.

5. There are a ton of different autoimmune diseases, and they share a lot of the same symptoms.

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For the record, autoimmune diseases affect an estimated 23.5 million people, and they include Addison's disease, alopecia areata, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, autoimmune hepatitis, Behcet's disease, celiac, Graves', Guillain-Barre syndrome, Hashimoto's disease, hemolytic anemia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, inflammatory bowel disease, inflammatory myopathies, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, primary biliary cirrhosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjögren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, Type 1 diabetes, vitiligo, and countless others.

11. We constantly play a game of "maybe this could work" when it comes to medicine.

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Our emotions can range from "hopefully this time" to "I know this will never work, just like the others."

14. You kind of want to punch anyone who tries to recommend something like "exercise more!" as a treatment.

For more information on autoimmune diseases, you can head to the website of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.

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