The body’s immune system is supposed to search for dangerous tissues and cells, and then proceed to destroy them. In an autoimmune disorder, the immune system misfires and begins to attack the healthy cells and tissues, and then proceeds to destroy them. It is essentially a war going on inside the immune system causing a host of diseases, such as: hair loss, joint pain, rashes, mouth ulcers, sores, and more.
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) controls the functions that our bodies do not normally think about: heart rate, digestion, body temperature, pupil dilatation/constriction, blood pressure, and many other things. In Pots, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, the body is not able to control any of these things. This causes to tachycardia, a high heart rate, every time the affected individual stands. Orthostatic Hypotension causes a dangerous drop in blood pressure when standing vertically. Structural Autonomic Dysfunction is is a variant of Autonomic Dysfunction that is more severe meaning the cellular structure is damaged, such as in genetic conditions or mitochondrial diseases. These all lead to many issues that affect each thing an individual does throughout the day.
Ehlers Danlos is a condition that effects the amount of collagen your body produces. Collagen is basically the glue in your body that holds everything together. In Ehlers Danlos Classic type there is not enough collagen. This causes for joint hyper mobility, dislocations, soft/velvety skin, stretchy skin, atrophic scaring, and many other issues. Classic-Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos is a rare sub type caused by a genetic change in the TNXB gene, which builds all of the collagen in the body.
The human body is full of mast cells. Mast cells are the power cells that holds what causes an allergic reaction in the body In MCAS, these cells decide to let an allergic reaction happen at any time.The body can randomly decide to give a swollen face and the beginning stages of anaphylactic shock. This can occur randomly, but often times occurs when sudden temperature change happens, or an attempt to work out is done as the body can be allergic to the temperature change.
Gastroparesis is an illness that causes the stomach to not empty. In other words, the stomach does not move. This illness is very hard to treat, and in severe cases, patients are left unable to eat normally by mouth and rely on feeding tubes or parental nutrition.
Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction is a disease in which the intestines act as there is a bowel obstruction, even though there is not one. It is a very aggressive motility disorder that can attack the whole gastrointestinal system along with the bladder. It is considered to be debilitating and is on the FDA compassionate drug usage list, reserved for life threatening illnesses. The main treatments for CIPO are attempts at symptom management, G tubes for drainage or feeding, J tubes for medications or feeding, central lines, ostomies, and in the most severe cases: intestinal transplant. This disease greatly impedes on quality of life and is unknown to a majority of medical of medical professionals due to its rarity.