For many conditions (including autoimmune diseases) symptoms can be very similar or even exactly the same, so how are you and your health care team supposed to figure out what is causing them?

For example, a personal friend of mine was almost diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Why almost? Well, she came down with a lot of the symptoms, but doctors could not figure out why. So, as a last-ditch effort, they were going to diagnose her with hypothyroidism… until they learned that her boyfriend had the same exact symptoms. Turns out, there was mold in their apartment! The mold caused all the symptoms… all the same symptoms of hypothyroidism. The kicker is, I just heard an almost identical story from someone else.

So what else could be causing the symptoms you are having?

Feeling COld
Anemia
Diabetes
Blood vessel disorders (such as Raynaud’s disease or Atherosclerosis)
Low body weight
Poor circulation
Vitamin B12 deficiency
Fatigue
Anemia
Anxiety Disorders
Depression
Diabetes
Fibromyalgia
Emphysema
Stress
Multiple Sclerosis
Sleep Apnea
WEight Gain
Depression
Insomnia
Menopause
Cushing’s Disease
POS
Sleep Apnea
Edema
Diabetes
Steroids
Metabolic Syndrome
Muscle Aches
Fibromyalgia
Lyme Disease
Rheumatoid arthritis
Injuries
Stress
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Electrolyte imbalance
Depression
Chronic Pain
Heart Disease
Lupus
Diabetes
Certain infections
Hair Loss
Hormonal Changes
Alopecia
A diet lacking in protein, iron and other nutrients
Certain medications
Stress
Physical or emotional shock

These are only abbreviated lists, and if you ever experience any symptoms or just don’t feel like ‘yourself’ always make sure to consult with your doctor or other medical professional.

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health care provider 

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