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Sure Signs You May Have an Autoimmune Disease, Says This Doctor

These are the common symptoms reported in my practice, that preceded their diagnoses, often by years. 

While autoimmune diseases are diagnosed when someone has specific symptoms and lab tests, there are often early signs of developing autoimmune diseases that are missed by doctors.

In my practice reversing autoimmune diseases with supermarket foods and lifestyle modifications, and as the author of Goodbye Lupus, I have found that the majority of my patients and wellness clients tell me they were feeling unwell for 5 to 10 years before their laboratory tests were positive enough to get a diagnosis of Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens, Hashimotos or other autoimmune condition.

These are the common symptoms reported in my practice, that preceded their diagnoses, often by years. While these symptoms are not specific to autoimmune diseases they can be indicators of worsening health and developing autoimmune diseases. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It.



Woman experiencing stomach pain on the sofa at home

Many people with autoimmune disease experience excessive fatigue, even if they are sleeping well at night. It can become oppressive and interfere with their ability to function at work and at home. 


Brain Fog

man using smart phone and holding his head in pain at home

People with autoimmune diseases often report difficulty thinking clearly and problems with memory. It's as if there is a fog obscuring their thoughts.  


Aches and Pains

Senior woman suffering from pain in hand at home.

People with autoimmune diseases often report pain in their joints that may come and go and are unrelated to physical activity. 



Sick woman lying in bed with high fever.

Prolonged fever without any other symptoms of infection is often a predecessor to autoimmune diseases and indicates and overactive immune system.

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Poor Healing From Wounds and Infections

heat burn wound on her hand.

When the immune system is busy doing the wrong thing, like creating autoimmune antibodies, it will be less available to do its job fighting infections. That is why people will often find that they have infections like colds or sinus infections that just will not go away, or injuries that take far longer than expected to heal.


What to Do If You Feel These Symptoms

Healthcare worker at home visit

If you have these symptoms, it does not mean you have an autoimmune disease right now, but it is a sign your health is failing and may well be forming a chronic condition like autoimmune disease. 

While these symptoms may not be sufficient to get diagnoses and treated for autoimmune disease, they are a great reason to start taking better care of yourself so that you can prevent the progression to autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune diseases are exacerbated by high stress, poor sleep, and inflammatory diets, so there is a lot you can do to reverse the process and get healthy again. That way you may never actually get sick enough to get a diagnosis!

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How to Get Your Health Back on Track

Happy woman eating healthy salad sitting on the table with green fresh ingredients indoors

What can you do to get your health back on track? There is a lot you can do starting today!  Great things you can do right now, to get your health back on track include:

  • Eating a plant-based diet rich in cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens.
  • Drink plenty of water, and create a daily routine to decrease stress and increase your happiness.
  • Make sure you get a good night's sleep every night you can. 

Take great care of your body, and it will feel a lot better, and faster than you think! And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

For more great information and to learn Dr. Goldner's 6 Steps To Reversing Disease with Supermarket Foods, go to 

Brooke Goldner, MD
Brooke Goldner, MD is a board certified physician who developed a nutrition-based treatment for her own autoimmune disease, lupus. Read more about Brooke
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