Checklist of Autoimmune Disease Symptoms: Living Well With Autoimmune Disease -- Conventional & Alternative Answers for Thyroid, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Many Other Conditions, A Book by Patient Advocate Mary Shomon
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    Author: Mary J. Shomon
    ISBN number: 0060938196
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  • RISKS & SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST

    The following list is an excerpt from a 30-page detailed "Autoimmune Disease Risk Factors and Symptoms Checklist" featured in the new book, Living Well With Autoimmune Disease.

    This partial checklist touches upon some frequently-noticed symptoms of some common autoimmune conditions. This list is by no means exhaustive (for an exhaustive list, see the book). This list can be a helpful start, however.

    Carefully filling out this checklist and taking it to your doctor can be an important first step in getting appropriate testing and the right medical diagnosis.


    Fever / Body Temperature

    _____ Elevated fever, higher body temperature - Lupus, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    _____ Feeling cold when others feel hot -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Feeling hot when others feel cold -- Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism
    _____ Low body temperature -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

    Hair

    _____ Hair loss, round bald patches on the scalp -- Alopecia Areata
    _____ Hair loss, loss of facial and scalp hair -- Alopecia Totalis, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Lupus
    _____ Male patterned baldness -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    _____ Excess hair growth on the face faces, necks, chests, abdomens, and thighs, in women - Cushing's Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    _____ Loss of hair in outer eyebrow -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Hair is rough, coarse dry, breaking, brittle - Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism

    Skin

    _____ Hyperpigmentation, or dark tanning in skin -- Addison's Disease
    _____ Painful skin rash, called dermatitis herpetiformis -- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    _____ Fragile thin skin - Cushing's Disease
    _____ Skin that bruises easily - Cushing's Disease
    _____ Acne -- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Skin rashes, especially "butterfly rash" on the nose and cheeks -- Lupus
    _____ Sun sensitivity -- Lupus
    _____ Skin thickening -- Scleroderma
    _____ Skin ulcers on the fingers -- Scleroderma

    Eyes

    _____ Dry eyes -- Sjogren's Syndrome, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism
    _____ Blurred vision -- Sjogren's Syndrome, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Multiple Sclerosis
    _____ Eye discomfort or pain -- Sjogren's Syndrome, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Multiple Sclerosis
    _____ Nystagmus or jerking, rapid involuntary eye movement -- Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Optic neuritis, inflammation of the nerves in the eye -- Multiple Sclerosis
    _____ Unclear or double vision -- Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Multiple Sclerosis

    Throat, Neck, Voice, Mouth

    _____ Dry mouth -- Sjogren's Syndrome
    _____ Hoarseness, husky or gravelly voice -- Sjogren's Syndrome, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism
    _____ Difficulty in swallowing -- Sjogren's Syndrome, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism
    _____ Mouth and nose sores -- Lupus
    _____ Pale sores inside the mouth, called aphthus ulcers -- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    _____ Fullness or pressure, choking sensation in throat, lump in the neck -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism

    Fatigue, Sleep

    _____ Chronic fatigue - Addison's Disease, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sjogren's Syndrome, Lupus, Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
    _____ Insomnia -- Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism
    _____ Exhaustion after minimal effort or exercise - Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sjogren's Syndrome, Lupus

    Muscles, Joints, Tendons

    _____ Pain and tenderness throughout the body - Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome
    _____ Muscle weakness -- Addison's Disease, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    _____ Joint Stiffness - Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
    _____ Bone, joint and muscle aches, inflammation, and pains -- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cushing's Disease, Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis
    _____ Backaches, unexplained rib and spinal column fractures- Cushing's Disease
    _____ Deformed joints - Rheumatoid Arthritis
    _____ Carpal-tunnel syndrome / tendinitis -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

    Hands and Feet

    _____ Raynaud's phenomenon (extreme sensitivity to cold in the hands and feet) -- Lupus, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism
    _____ Swelling in hands and feet - Lupus, Scleroderma, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

    Weight Changes

    _____ Weight loss -- Addison's Disease, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
    _____ Weight Gain - Cushing's Disease, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    _____ Weight gain in upper body, abdomen - Cushing's Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    _____ Rounded or puffy face - Cushing's Disease, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Increased fat around the neck - Cushing's Disease
    _____ Thinning arms and legs - Cushing's Disease

    Digestion, Gastrointestinal

    _____ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea -- Addison's Disease, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Scleroderma, Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
    _____ Recurring abdominal bloating and pain -- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    _____ Pale, foul-smelling stool -- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    _____ Gas -- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    _____ Increased urination -- Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
    _____ Constipation - Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

    Pulse/Blood Pressure

    _____ Low blood pressure -- Addison's Disease, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ High blood pressure- Cushing's Disease, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    _____ Slow pulse -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Fast Pulse -- Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism

    Mood, Thinking

    _____ Irritability, anxiety and depression -- Addison's Disease, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cushing's Disease, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ "Brain Fog," difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness -- Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Balance, Coordination, Neurological Symptoms

    _____ Lack of coordination or unsteady gait -- Multiple Sclerosis
    _____ Dizziness, vertigo -- Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Numbness, weakness, tingling or paralysis in one or more limbs - Multiple Sclerosis, Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
    _____ Tremor -- Multiple Sclerosis, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism

    Food/Drink & Cravings

    _____ Craving of salty foods -- Addison's Disease
    _____ Increased thirst -- Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes
    _____ Loss of appetite -- Addison's Disease, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism

    Menstruation/Gynecological - Women

    _____ Irregular or absent menstrual periods -- Addison's Disease, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cushing's Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    _____ Cysts on Ovaries -- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

    Fertility and Sex Drive, Pregnancy

    _____ Infertility or decreased fertility in women -- Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    _____ Decreased fertility in men- Cushing's Disease
    _____ Reduced sex drive - Cushing's Disease, Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Recurrent miscarriage - Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

    Breathing

    _____ Increase in snoring -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

    Especially in Children

    _____ Delayed growth in children, failure to thrive in infants -- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cushing's Disease, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

    Blood Changes

    _____ Unexplained anemia (low count of red blood cells) -- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    _____ High cholesterol levels -- Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

    Blood Sugar Changes

    _____ Hypoglycemia/low blood sugar -- Addison's Disease, Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
    _____ High blood sugar- Cushing's Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

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