“What’s an autoimmune disease anyway?”

So glad you asked 😉

So the technical definition first:

A disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells.

My definition:

So one day your cells are all chill and happy doing their respective jobs moving oxygen, making tissue and keeping their organelles all satisfied. Then out of the blue for reasons unknown (it truly is unknown lots of theories but no concrete “Here’s the reason” exists) a group of your cells see their long time neighbors and are like “Who are you jerks? You don’t belong here!” And the neighbors are like “WTF we’ve lived next to you for years Andre?” And Andre says “Your not Sheila your an imposter and must DIE!” AND then BOOM it’s on! 

Yup it’s a cell rumble in the jungle and the apartment building (that’s you and your jacked up body) are going down! 

See isn’t mine better 😜

Here’s a statistic that will blow you away-ready?

According to some really scientific study done in 2011 (I honestly can’t remember which one but it was totally legit-I promise)

1 in 12 women and 1 in 20 men will

develop an autoimmune disease in their lifetime.

SAY WHAT???????? 

There’s currently like a butt load of autoimmune and autoimmune related diseases recognized- LOOK!

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

Acute necrotizing hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis

Addison’s disease


Alopecia areata


Ankylosing spondylitis

Anti-GBM/Anti-TBM nephritis

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)

Autoimmune angioedema

Autoimmune aplastic anemia

Autoimmune dysautonomia

Autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune hyperlipidemia

Autoimmune immunodeficiency

Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)

Autoimmune myocarditis

Autoimmune oophoritis

Autoimmune pancreatitis

Autoimmune retinopathy

Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ATP)

Autoimmune thyroid disease

Autoimmune urticaria

Axonal & neuronal neuropathies

Balo disease

Behcet’s disease

Bullous pemphigoid


Castleman disease

Celiac disease

Chagas disease

Chronic fatigue syndrome**

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)

Chronic recurrent multifocal ostomyelitis (CRMO)

Churg-Strauss syndrome

Cicatricial pemphigoid/benign mucosal pemphigoid

Crohn’s disease 💩💩💩

Cogans syndrome

Cold agglutinin disease

Congenital heart block

Coxsackie myocarditis

CREST disease

Essential mixed cryoglobulinemia

Demyelinating neuropathies

Dermatitis herpetiformis


Devic’s disease (neuromyelitis optica)

Discoid lupus

Dressler’s syndrome


Eosinophilic esophagitis

Eosinophilic fasciitis

Erythema nodosum

Experimental allergic encephalomyelitis

Evans syndrome


Fibrosing alveolitis

Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)

Giant cell myocarditis


Goodpasture’s syndrome

Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA) (formerly called Wegener’s Granulomatosis)

Graves’ disease

Guillain-Barre syndrome

Hashimoto’s encephalitis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Hemolytic anemia

Henoch-Schonlein purpura

Herpes gestationis


Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

IgA nephropathy

IgG4-related sclerosing disease

Immunoregulatory lipoproteins

Inclusion body myositis

Interstitial cystitis

Juvenile arthritis

Juvenile diabetes (Type 1 diabetes)

Juvenile myositis

Kawasaki syndrome

Lambert-Eaton syndrome

Leukocytoclastic vasculitis

Lichen planus

Lichen sclerosus

Ligneous conjunctivitis

Linear IgA disease (LAD)

Lupus (SLE)

Lyme disease, chronic

Meniere’s disease

Microscopic polyangiitis

Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)

Mooren’s ulcer

Mucha-Habermann disease

Multiple sclerosis 👹👹👹

Myasthenia gravis



Neuromyelitis optica (Devic’s)


Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid

Optic neuritis

Palindromic rheumatism

PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus)

Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)

Parry Romberg syndrome

Parsonnage-Turner syndrome

Pars planitis (peripheral uveitis)


Peripheral neuropathy

Perivenous encephalomyelitis

Pernicious anemia

POEMS syndrome

Polyarteritis nodosa

Type I, II, & III autoimmune polyglandular syndromes

Polymyalgia rheumatica


Postmyocardial infarction syndrome

Postpericardiotomy syndrome

Progesterone dermatitis

Primary biliary cirrhosis

Primary sclerosing cholangitis


Psoriatic arthritis

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Pyoderma gangrenosum

Pure red cell aplasia

Raynauds phenomenon

Reactive Arthritis 💆

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Reiter’s syndrome

Relapsing polychondritis

Restless legs syndrome

Retroperitoneal fibrosis

Rheumatic fever

Rheumatoid arthritis


Schmidt syndrome



Sjogren’s syndrome

Sperm & testicular autoimmunity

Stiff person syndrome

Subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE)

Susac’s syndrome

Sympathetic ophthalmia

Takayasu’s arteritis

Temporal arteritis/Giant cell arteritis

Thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)

Tolosa-Hunt syndrome

Transverse myelitis

Type 1 diabetes

Ulcerative colitis

Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD)



Vesiculobullous dermatosis


AND I apologize if I missed a few…

Disclaimer-My true cells names were changed to Andre and Sheila to protect their identities. Like I would really publish their true names-this is the Internet!!!


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