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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."

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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.

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