Autoimmune Disease

Rejuv Medical Louisville

Functional Medicine Specialist & Hormone Replacement Therapy located in Louisville, KY

The human immune system is a thing of wonder, but when that powerful force turns against you, wide-ranging problems can follow. Diagnosing and treating autoimmune disease is an area of specialty for John R Baird, MD, of Rejuv Medical Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. If you or a loved one is in need of top-quality care for an autoimmune condition, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rejuv Medical Louisville. Requesting a visit takes just moments online or over the phone.

Autoimmune Disease Q & A

What is autoimmune disease?

An autoimmune disease is a medical condition in which your immune system attacks your body by mistake. To understand these types of disease, it helps to think about how your immune system works to keep you healthy.

Whenever your body recognizes a potentially dangerous substance like a virus or bacteria, your immune system springs into action to fight off an infection. Specialized cells are dispatched to the site and go to work, destroying invading cells. Your immune system usually recognizes which cells are your own, and leaves those alone.

Autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system is no longer able to determine the difference between your healthy cells and potentially dangerous invaders. Proteins called autoantibodies are released and begin to attack your healthy cells.

In some cases, an autoimmune disease only affects a certain organ, but other forms of autoimmune disease cause damage throughout your entire body.

What are some common types of autoimmune disease?

There are many different types of autoimmune diseases. Some examples include:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Systemic lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Chron's Disease

This is far from a comprehensive list. Researchers continue to learn more about autoimmune disease, and the number of these disorders will continue to rise as modern medicine advances.

What treatment options are available for autoimmune diseases?

Dr. Baird begins by completing a thorough diagnostic work-up to determine the cause of your symptoms when you visit Rejuv Medical Louisville. He takes an in-depth personal and family health history and asks for details about changes you’ve noticed over time.

A functional medicine approach is a great fit for autoimmune disease. This style of health care focuses on identifying the root cause of your illness, not just on addressing individual symptoms as they arise.

Recent research has found the root cause of autoimmune to be correlated to leaky gut which can be triggered by food intolerances, toxins, mold, gut bugs or stress. Utilizing state of the art functional medicine testing, natural treatments to reverse abnormalities found and adding LDN (low dose naltrexone) improvements can occur in as little as 3 months. Recently peptide therapy also aids recovery.

Your customized treatment plan depends on the type of autoimmune disease you’re facing, as well as your overall health and lifestyle. Some options include:

  • Drug therapy
  • Natural treatments
  • Blood transfusions
  • Targeted supplements
  • Physical therapy
  • Specialized diet

Lifestyle changes can go a long way toward improving your quality of life and relieving the symptoms of autoimmune disease.

When you’re ready to learn more, call Rejuv Medical Louisville to set up a visit. You are also welcome to use the online request appointment tool to find a time that fits your busy schedule.