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Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune Disorders services offered in Victor, ID


Autoimmune disorders can cause wide-ranging issues like chronic fatigue, aching muscles, gastrointestinal (GI) distress, concentration difficulties, and other frustrating problems. At Boost, with office in Victor, Idaho, experienced double board-certified physician Allison Mulcahy, MD, offers comprehensive support for autoimmune disease management. Book your appointment online or call the office for help today.

Autoimmune Disorders Q&A

What are autoimmune disorders?

Autoimmune disorders include a long list of conditions that occur when your immune system doesn’t work as it should. An overactive autoimmune system attacks and damages body tissue, perhaps even destroys it.

For example, in rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks joint linings. In contrast, immune deficiency causes difficulty in fighting illness, increasing your risk of infections. 

What are the different autoimmune disorders?

There are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases and disorders, including: 

  • Lyme disease
  • Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Celiac disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Graves’ disease
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Sjögren’s syndrome 

 

The average age of onset for many of these autoimmune disorders is 40-60, but you can develop an autoimmune illness at any age. Women are twice as likely to develop an autoimmune illness as men.

What are the symptoms of autoimmune disorders?

Each autoimmune disorder can cause its own unique issues, but some symptoms that tend to occur in many disorders and diseases of this type include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Muscle aching
  • Brain fog
  • Poor concentration
  • Swollen glands
  • Digestive difficulties
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Joint stiffness

 

In most cases, these symptoms are controllable, but you don’t necessarily need medication to do so. Boost offers a holistic approach to autoimmunity support by treating the contributing issues at their source.

What causes autoimmune disorders?

Experts are still researching and debating the exact cause of autoimmune disorders. Many believe that environmental factors play a big role. In particular, stress, gut problems, toxin exposure, mold exposure, and food sensitivities may all contribute to autoimmune disorders, but other things can play a role too.

Genetics, weight loss difficulties, smoking, and, in some cases, medications can increase your risk of developing autoimmune-related issues. 

How are autoimmune disorders treated?

Treatment of autoimmune disorders depends upon your specific issues and their root cause. At Boost, Dr. Mulcahy conducts many different tests to find the factors contributing to your issues. She emphasizes whole-person holistic healing, which in turn diminishes or resolves your autoimmunity issues at their source. 

You may need hormone replacement therapy, weight loss support, supplements, natural herbs, and lifestyle and diet changes to achieve symptom relief and control your immune system effectively.

For help with autoimmune disorder support, call the nearest Boost office or click on the provided scheduling tool now.