Autoimmune diseases are becoming more well-known, yet many people are still experiencing delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. As finding answers can take years, seeking out doctors who have greater awareness of these chronic, immune-mediated conditions can help speed up the process.
Medical specialists typically familiar with autoimmune disease (AD), and the specific ADs they often diagnose and treat:
Holistic doctors who often identify and treat patients with autoimmune disease or other chronic, hard-to-treat conditions:
For more information on specific autoimmune diseases, head to the A-Z Autoimmune Disease List.
As everyone’s health journey is unique, do your research and find someone who is a good fit for you. Be open to hunting around, as well as getting a second or third opinion. Ideally, your provider will collaborate with you to find answers, manage your condition, and work towards healing. Remember: no matter how skilled or knowledgeable a doctor is, always educate yourself and be your own advocate.
For more resources on navigating your health journey, including how to prepare for appointments and communicate with doctors, download our free Autoimmune & Chronic Illness Toolkit.