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Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy cells. There are over 80 known autoimmune diseases and counting, affecting more than 14 million Americans.
Find national and international organizations focused on specific autoimmune diseases, from alopecia areata to vitiligo.
Information, health-related articles, and resources to help you navigate living well with autoimmune disease.
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Managing Mental Health with Autoimmune Disease
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Browse our resource lists and information via the links below.
Find Medical Institutions Focused on Your Autoimmune Disease
An extensive list of centers, clinics, and hospitals across the United States that specialize in diagnosing and treating various autoimmune diseases.
We support autoimmune disease education and research by funding grants for scientific investigations, holding live talks with experts, and partnering with the Celiac Disease Program to create educational resources.
Comprehensive Educational Resources for Those Living with Celiac Disease
Our celiac-focused resources are a product of GAI’s partnership with the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Visit our Celiac Education page to find information on Gluten Free Education Day, expert celiac talks, podcasts, a gluten-free diet app, and cooking and nutrition videos.
Join Us for Our Next Autoimmune Support Group, July 31st, 10-11:30am PT
Our aim is to help each other live well and feel heard, while not letting disease define us. We encourage members to come as they are, with an open mind and the willingness to nurture a positive atmosphere.
The Global Autoimmune Institute is empowering solutions in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease (AD) through research, education, and community, while supporting multidisciplinary approaches to wellness.
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Home » Resources » Symptoms & Signs of Autoimmune Disease
This is an evolving list of common autoimmune disease symptoms as well as signs of disease. Many of these complex symptoms and signs overlap and are experienced within various conditions. Our understanding is constantly shifting as more information comes to light.
Blood or mucus in stool
Food intolerance (e.g. lactose)
Inability to gain weight
Loss of appetite
Pale, pungent stool
Swollen belly (infancy, early childhood)
Joints, Muscles, & Bones
Bone growth slowing or stopping (e.g. jaw, short stature)
Joint pain, stiffness, swelling
Muscle aches, pains
Osteomalacia (softening of bones)
Brain fog / cognitive difficulties (lack of mental clarity, difficulty concentrating)
Compulsions, phobias, hyper focus (on food, germs, personal safety, etc.)
Numbness and tingling
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Absent menstruation (amenorrhea)
Delayed onset of puberty
Failure to thrive (FTT)
Inability to form tooth enamel
Shortness of breath
Thin or thinning hair
Weight gain or loss