Autoimmune diseases affect 1–5% of the World’s population and have varied symptoms and causes. Here we explore with Lois what it is like to live with the symptoms of autoimmune disease, including Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect people of all ages.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects any part of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as other parts of the body, such as the skin, joints and eye. Autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s often have systemic symptoms such as tiredness, pain and weight loss. Patients with autoimmune diseases are frequently diagnosed with the condition after years of suffering with non-specific symptoms.
In the latest Patient Perspective, we hear from Lois, who has lived with Crohn’s from childhood, as well as other symptoms of autoimmune disease. In her interview with Synergy Vision’s MD, Ffyona Dawber, Lois explains how having an autoimmune disease affects her life, and what treatment, support and information is available for her condition.