How to Build an Autoimmune Care Team
Updated: Jun 8
Autoimmune diseases can be a challenging and draining experience for those of us who suffer from them. These conditions occur when the immune system fails to recognize our healthy cells, tissues, and organs as safe and instead mount an inflammatory response against us.
Autoimmune diseases may impact any region of the body and manifest in a variety of ways. The symptoms can be mild to severe, and they can have a substantial influence on a person's quality of life. Building an autoimmune care team, on the other hand, can help control symptoms and improve overall health in people with autoimmune illnesses. Teamwork really does make the dream work!
Here are some tips for building an autoimmune care team:
Find healthcare providers who specialize in treating your type of autoimmune disease. You can ask other healthcare professionals or patients for recommendations, check their qualifications, and read reviews to help you choose the right provider. Creating a specialized treatment strategy that considers your particular requirements, symptoms, and medical background can be built with the help of a specialist. Your specialist can also guide you through the healthcare system and point you in the direction of other medical professionals who can assist you in managing your symptoms. A primary care physician, a gastroenterologist, a dermatologist, an endocrinologist, and a rheumatologist can all be members of your healthcare team. Each of them can assist you in managing various symptoms associated with your disease.
Communicate effectively with your healthcare team: Communication is key when managing autoimmune diseases. Be open and honest with your healthcare team about your symptoms, concerns, and questions. Consider ahead of time what you need to communicate at your next appointment. Write down your questions ahead of time.
Utilize technology to your advantage: Health apps like the Aila app are great tools to track your symptoms, medications, and appointments. Ask how to set up your patient portal Connect with your healthcare team and access educational resources. There are several health apps available that can help you track your symptoms, medications, and appointments — and the Aila Health app can do all these! It can also help you connect with your healthcare team and access educational resources to learn more about your condition.
Stay organized: Keep a record of your medications, appointments, and symptoms. You can stay organized and monitor your progress by doing this.
Join communities or support groups: They can help you connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Support groups can provide emotional support, practical advice, and access to educational resources.
At Aila Health, we provide a safe space where you can communicate with your fellow autoimmune warriors and join our weekly live Autoimmune Circle for free!
Building an autoimmune care team is essential for managing the symptoms and improving the overall health of individuals with autoimmune diseases. Finding a healthcare provider who specializes in autoimmune diseases and building a team of healthcare providers who can manage the various symptoms of autoimmune diseases is key. Utilizing technology and staying organized can also help manage the condition effectively.
Remember, you are not alone, and joining a support group can help you connect with others who understand what you're going through.
Download the Aila Health app now and join our weekly autoimmune circle!