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What are Autoimmune Conditions?

Your immune system is highly important in keeping your body healthy and protected against invaders like bacteria and viruses. It includes a complex network of cells, organs, proteins, and tissues that attack and remove harmful organisms. However, some people are susceptible to autoimmune diseases, where the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body. This can include areas like your joints, skin, organs, or other important functions of the body, causing pain and complications. Autoimmune diseases often have a very large impact on your quality of life, making it difficult to be active and healthy.

What Causes Autoimmune Conditions?

Because there are many different autoimmune diseases, it’s difficult to determine what they have in common that makes the immune system misfire. However, some people are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases than others. It’s also common for autoimmune diseases to run in families. We’ll focus in on your unique symptoms and therapeutic options for a full understanding of how stem cells can help you.

What are Common Autoimmune Condition?

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your joints are an elaborate and effective system of tissues that allow you to move. However, these joints can be subject to an autoimmune response called rheumatoid arthritis. This condition can cause pain during movement because the linings that help the joint glide and move become swollen. If the inflammation isn’t treated, it can affect tissues like cartilage or bones, causing further damage to the joints.


Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain, achiness, and fatigue all over the body. It occurs because the brain and nervous system misunderstand everyday signals from things like minor pain, pressure, temperature, and other sensory experiences, instead receiving signals as pain instead. This means fibromyalgia sufferers often have chronic pain all over the body and few relief options.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

CRPS is a condition that isn’t well understood. It’s characterized by severe, chronic pain in areas like an arm or leg which develops after serious incidents like injuries, stroke, heart attack, or surgery. Along with pain, it’s common to experience other symptoms like changes in skin color and texture; stiffness, swelling, spasms, and sensitivity to touch or cold.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infection caused by specific strains of bacteria that are most commonly transmitted by tick bites. Some of the early symptoms include a rash and overall illness, but later symptoms can include things like joint pain and severe neurological concerns.


Lupus is an extremely complex disease where the immune system attacks areas like the kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and circulatory system.  This can cause many different complications over time, resulting in poor health and many complicated therapeutic plans. Many people who experience lupus have it for most of their lives.

Diabetes Type I

Glucose, or sugar, is what your body uses for energy. When you eat something, your body processes the food into glucose so that it can power your cells. If you have type I diabetes, you most likely experience difficulty with this process. This is because the immune system mistakenly attacks the pancreas’s insulin-making cells. Insulin is responsible for helping glucose enter your cells from the bloodstream. When the body doesn’t have enough insulin, the glucose stays in the bloodstream and causes further health problems.

Chronic Kidney Disease

The kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste in your body and sending it out of your system through urine. Chronic kidney disease means the gradual loss of kidney function. It can have a variety of causes, but people with chronic kidney disease usually undergo dialysis regularly to help support their kidney function.

Autoimmune FAQs

Can I get stem cell treatment?

If you are suffering from an injury, osteoarthritis, a neurodegenerative disease, autoimmune disease, or other medical issues, stem cell treatment may be a good option for you. Our stem cell experts will evaluate your health and recommend whether you are a good candidate for the treatment.

Can vitamin D reverse autoimmune disease?

Studies have shown that active vitamin D can help to modulate immune function, effectively improving patients with symptomatic autoimmune disease. Vitamin D is often deficient in patients with depression, anxiety, and many neurodegenerative conditions as well.

Can autoimmune diseases be healed with stem cells?

Stem cell therapy is one of the most promising new treatment options for patients with autoimmune diseases due to the ability of stem cells to modulate the immune system and decrease systemic inflammation.

Learn More About how Stem Cells can Help

Autoimmune diseases can mean chronic pain, dangerous symptoms, and complicated treatment plans for some patients. Fortunately, adipose-derived stem cells can help regenerate important tissues and decrease inflammation triggered by an autoimmune response. Learn more about how stem cells collected from fatty tissue can help. 

Schedule a Consultation

At Axis Stem Cell Institute, we understand the toll that autoimmune conditions can take on you, your lifestyle, and your wellbeing. We strive to offer the latest in scientific methods and technologies to regenerate and rehabilitate the body so you can live your best life. We advocate for a healthy lifestyle as part of your treatment plan and can guide you through the lifestyle changes that suit you and your health goals best. Stem cells are a new and exciting field in regenerative medicine and speaking with our specialists is your first step. To schedule a consultation at our Seattle or St. Petersburg office call 206.823.0960 or fill out our online form.

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