More than 50 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease. Though there are several types of autoimmune diseases, they all develop from a malfunction in your immune system. At Magnolia Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the integrated health care team takes a patient-centered approach to care and works together to find the underlying cause of your autoimmune disease. The team then provides personalized care that alleviates your symptoms and restores health. To schedule an appointment, contact the office by phone or online today.

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What is an autoimmune disease?

An autoimmune disease occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases; some of the most common include:

  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hashimoto’s disease (thyroiditis)
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis

Researchers aren’t certain what causes a person to develop an autoimmune disease, but theorize an injury or an infection may trigger the overreaction of the immune system.

Though the exact cause isn’t certain, you may be at risk of developing an autoimmune disease if they run in your family, you take certain medications, you’re overweight, or you smoke cigarettes.

What are autoimmune disease symptoms?

Autoimmune diseases cause a range of symptoms that can make getting a definitive diagnosis difficult. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Skin rash
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Changes in digestion
  • Swollen glands

Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, also increase your risk of other chronic health conditions like heart disease.

The integrated health care team at Magnolia Medical Center specializes in the diagnosis and management of autoimmune diseases and can provide the care you need to improve immune health, alleviate symptoms, and restore overall health and well-being.

What can I expect during an autoimmune disease evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you visit the team at Magnolia Medical Center for concerns about an autoimmune disease. The interdisciplinary team works together to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms, so you get the most targeted care.

During your evaluation, the team asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical and family history, diet, exercise routine, daily stresses, and environmental factors that may affect your health.

The team may also request diagnostic tests to gather more information about your health, such as lab work, food sensitivity testing, or a check of your hormone levels.

How are autoimmune diseases treated?

The team at Magnolia Medical Center takes an individualized approach to the treatment of your autoimmune disease based on the findings from your evaluation. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Nutrition therapy
  • Supplements or nutraceuticals
  • Exercise program
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Magnetic therapy

You then return to the office so the team can monitor your progress and adjust your plan as needed.

For comprehensive care from a team of professionals focused on finding the underlying cause of your symptoms, call Magnolia Medical Center, or book an appointment online today.