Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune Disorders services offered in Suntree, Melbourne, FL

If you’re struggling to find answers for autoimmune illness, it’s time to see someone who takes your symptoms seriously. At the Center for Antiaging Aesthetic and Rejuvenation Medicine PLLC, renowned triple board-certified physician Yale (Yoel) R. Smith, MD, offers highly customized care for autoimmune disorders in the Suntree neighborhood in Melbourne, Florida. Click on the online scheduler or call the office to book your visit today.

Autoimmune Disorders Q&A

What are autoimmune disorders?

Autoimmune disorders include more than 80 conditions in which your body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues. Your immune system normally protects you by attacking foreign invaders like germs. 

With autoimmune illnesses, however, the immune system mistakes your own healthy tissue for something dangerous, so it attacks, damages, and sometimes destroys. 

Some of the most common autoimmune disorders are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Graves’ disease
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Lyme disease

More than 24 million Americans currently have autoimmune disorders, which can also occur together. Three or more autoimmune issues in one person is called multiple autoimmune syndrome (MAS). 

What symptoms do autoimmune disorders cause?

Autoimmune disorders can cause quite varied symptoms. Each disorder has its own unique characteristics, but some issues prevalent in many types of autoimmune illness include: 

  • Tiredness
  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Swollen glands
  • Abdominal pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin issues 
  • Recurrent fever

Your symptoms may come and go, with flare-up periods where you’re in a great deal of discomfort followed by periods of relative relief. 

How are autoimmune disorders diagnosed?

Autoimmune illnesses often cause symptoms similar to other health problems, which is why they’re challenging to diagnose. At the Center for Antiaging Aesthetic and Rejuvenation Medicine PLLC, Dr. Smith uses comprehensive testing to determine what autoimmune disease you have. 

Through comprehensive functional medicine testing, Dr. Smith can also determine which factors triggered your autoimmune illness. 

Some common tests check for toxin exposure, mold exposure, food sensitivities, and gut problems. You may also need whole-body wellness checkups to get a well-rounded picture of your health. 

How are autoimmune disorders treated?

At the Center for Antiaging Aesthetic and Rejuvenation Medicine PLLC, Dr. Smith uses a functional and integrative approach to autoimmune disorder treatment. He uncovers the root causes of your health issues and helps you take steps to address deficiencies, correct  imbalances, and enhance whole-person health. 

Your treatments often include several approaches, such as nutraceuticals, a healthy diet, exercise, stress management, and, where needed, medication. Dr. Smith supports you through your whole wellness journey. 

You can take control of autoimmune illness by finding the root cause of your triggers. Learn more by calling the Center for Antiaging Aesthetic and Rejuvenation Medicine PLLC or clicking on the online scheduling link today.