Autoimmune Disorders

Mountain Health Functional Medicine

Functional & Regenerative Medicine located in Billings, MT

Your immune system is designed to protect you from foreign invaders. However, if you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system has attacked your healthy cells. Roy R. Hall, MD, at Mountain Health Functional Medicine in Billings, Montana, is a functional medicine physician who aims to find the underlying cause of your autoimmune disorder to prevent symptoms and possibly reverse your condition. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Autoimmune Disorders Q & A

What is an autoimmune disorder?

An autoimmune disorder is a health condition that occurs when your immune system attacks healthy cells or tissues in your body, leading to a number of symptoms. Certain factors may increase your risk of developing an autoimmune disorder, including:

  • Genetics
  • Carrying excess weight
  • Smoking
  • Medications

 

Autoimmune disorders can lead to other health issues, such as heart disease.

What are common types of autoimmune disorders?

There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. Some of the most common include:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks your joints, leading to inflammation and pain.

Lupus

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks various tissues and organs in your body. Body parts most often affected include joints, skin, kidneys, brain, and heart.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes your body to produce thick, scaly patches of skin. The condition can also affect your joints and is referred to as psoriatic arthritis.

Multiple sclerosis

With multiple sclerosis, your body’s immune system attacks your central nervous system.

Certain thyroid diseases, such as Graves’ disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, are also types of autoimmune disorders that affect thyroid hormone production.

What are the symptoms of an autoimmune disorder?

Your autoimmune disorder symptoms may vary from mild to severe. Despite the wide range of autoimmune disorders, symptoms of each different type are often similar.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Skin problems
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Swollen glands
  • On and off fevers

 

Due to variations in symptoms, doctors often have a difficult time diagnosing autoimmune disorders. If you’re suddenly not feeling like your usual self, it may be time to visit Dr. Hall for an evaluation to find out what’s going on in your body.

How are autoimmune disorders treated?

In traditional medicine, physicians provide treatments for autoimmune disorders that help you manage your symptoms. Dr. Hall and his team at Mountain Health Functional Medicine look for the root cause of your autoimmune disorder to not only give you symptom relief, but also possibly reverse your condition.

Treatment for your autoimmune disorder is individualized based on the type of autoimmune disorder, your symptoms, and the underlying cause.

To get relief from your autoimmune symptoms, and possibly achieve remission of your condition, call Mountain Health Functional Medicine today, or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.

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