Autoimmune diseases are rather common and are difficult to diagnose. In a nutshell, autoimmunity is when the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy cells and targets these as “foreign” objects. In the process, the body destroys its own otherwise healthy tissues.
There are certain autoimmune disease tests that can be conducted to accurately diagnose the specific problem. Since each disease and each symptom is different, the tests to diagnose these also vary.
Different types of autoimmune disease
There are several types of autoimmune diseases that have become fairly common, across the globe. The top common autoimmune diseases include Lupus, Hashimoto’s diseases, Rheumatoid arthritis, Celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes, and several more. In some cases, conventional blood tests can help find antibodies that work against healthy cells. Once the antibodies are found, medications such as immune suppressive drugs help solve the issue. Natural medicine can likewise dramatically improve the lives of patients. But in some cases, other tests will be needed to get a clearer diagnosis.
Other important tests
Two different patients with the same autoimmune disease might have different immune dysfunctions. This means the tests should be different and the medication might also be different. The key to getting the right diagnosis is to do a functional lab testing. The first important test is the TH1/TH 2 cytokine test, which will reveal that both TH 1 and TH 2 are in balance. If they are not in balance, then the dominant side can be identified and set right with medication. The second test is an analysis of the immune system, will help determine if any trigger is influencing the autoimmune attack. This test will also test if the system itself is dysfunctional due to nutritional deficiencies or stress.
Vitamin D test
Vitamin D is a hormone and not a vitamin. This hormone is very important for the balancing and modulation of our immune system. Patients with autoimmune disease have low Vitamin D levels or have genetic alterations, that do not allow the body to utilize available vitamin D. Hence the patients should take higher doses of vitamin D to function properly. The patients must get this test done every month till the optimal levels are attained.
Since good testing is the beginning of a successful treatment, the patients are advised to consult medical professionals and get their tests done regularly.