What are some of the symptoms people usually get? Well, earlier in the piece, it’s actually really hard to pick what is autoimmunity and what isn’t because everything’s so vague. Everything is vague. What you will ll often find is there’ll be fatigue, some tiredness. It could also be some low grade aching or pain in the joints or in the muscles, especially things like hands and feet. They’re could be some slight feeling that you think, “Something’s not right there.”
Another key thing to look for is if you injure yourself, like bump your foot or will have a fall or something like that, and then it doesn’t quite heal. It just stays there and it’s painful and painful and painful. I’ve had this with many patients over the years where someone bumped their foot and then three months later there’s still a low grade pain there and it’s not coming right.
So, you know yourself when something’s not right and that’s when it’s time to get checked out. And if you don’t get a satisfactory explanation from your doctor, you need to go to another doctor, okay? But my recommendation is to go to someone preferably who’s integrated. So he’s not just purely a medical doctor, but someone who could integrate medicine with natural medicine. So, this could be a naturopathic doctor or a GP who has an interest in this kind of work that we do because he or she is more likely to explore you a little bit more in depth. Have a look at your lifestyle, look at your diet, make some recommendations and maybe do some advanced testing that’s not necessarily kosher with the medical establishment.
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Many tests that we do here, we used to do in our clinic. We’re laughed at by mainstream GPs. But you’ll be surprised how many GPs I’ve seen as patients over the years, had one of the tests done and told me to keep my mouth shut. I’ve seen lots of doctors and specialists that need the test, pediatrician, psychologist, psychiatrists, all kinds of people where the drugs didn’t work anymore. All right? So, remember there’s always options you’ve got, but the symptoms in the early onset can be very vague and this is what will make your doctor send you home with an aspirin and say, “Give me a call in the morning when it’s all better.”
So, don’t be alarmed if that happens because it’s common. And sometimes it’s very difficult to pick up an autoimmune disease, sometimes for a few years until it’s well established. But that doesn’t stop you from going to a few people to get a few opinions and maybe some testing. If you’ve got some issues with your gut, you could do some stool testing, for example, to see what state your gut is and get it up to a higher level.
So, make sure that you see the doctor and ask the right questions and get checked out. Stay tuned, we’re going to go further with autoimmune disease. We’ll talk about what tests are available and things like that in the next video. But just remember nondescript, vague, fatigue, maybe a low grade fever. There can be another one for some people as their immune system goes a bit funny. They could be a bit sweaty or hot or think, “Well, it’s not quite right.” It’s actually winter time I’m feeling a bit sweaty here in bed at night. I’m throwing the covers off.”