What kind of doctor do you see for autoimmune disorders?
You might need to visit a specialist, depending on the type of disease you have. Rheumatologists treat joint diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis as well as other autoimmune diseases like Sjögren’s syndrome and SLE. Gastroenterologists treat diseases of the GI tract, such as celiac and Crohn’s disease.
How do you test for autoimmune disease?
Tests that may be done to diagnose an autoimmune disorder include:
- Antinuclear antibody tests.
- Autoantibody tests.
- Comprehensive metabolic panel.
- C-reactive protein (CRP)
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
What are the most common autoimmune diseases?
According to The Autoimmune Registry, the top 10 most common autoimmune diseases include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis.
- Celiac disease.
- Graves’ disease.
- Diabetes mellitus, type 1.
- Rheumatic fever.
- Pernicious anemia/atrophic gastritis.
How does a rheumatologist diagnose autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune diseases may be difficult to diagnose, and treatment choices are very complicated. A rheumatologist is specifically trained to diagnose and treat these illnesses. New biologic medications specifically target parts of the immune system to stop/turn off the inflammation causing damage.