Do i have an autoimmune disorder?

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For about 2 years now i have been incredibly sensitive to shampoos, face creams and basically any chemicals (even ones that are made for sensitive skin). for some reason i get inflammation from it. most of the time its on my scalp. but when its not on my scalp it was in my wrist and knee, although recently its turned into more a rough throat feeling and constapation. i also get it from certain foods and stuff like orange juice, lemon juice ect ect. which is really strange.

I would go to a doctor but whenever i have, when you try and describe those symptoms, none of these seem to stand out and they just say to use certain shampoos (which don't help) or take allergy medication for imflammation . but it doesn't seem particualy healthy.

I have also become incredibly sensitive to caffeine, b-vitamins ect ect.

Its just getting so stressful and none of it seems normal or good for my health.

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    No, I do not believe you have an autoimmune disorder.

    It appears to be system-wide, possibly a hormonal imbalance. You might try seeing an endocrinologist. I assume you've seen an allergist.

    Otherwise, you may have to look into alternative medicine.

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      Ain't immune disorders system wide though? doesn't the immune system effect everything?

      I haven't seen an allergist. i have done a few hair fiber tests for food sensitivities.

      If its a hormonal imblance then i have had it a long time.

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      The immune system does affect most things. However, when you are dealing with doctors they break things into specialties. So for an immune disease you might see a rheumatologist or a neurologist, allergies an allergist, hormones an endocrinologist, etc. In my experience each one of these specialists is typically limited to seeing everything in relation to their area of expertise. I lucked out finding an endo that recognized I probably had an autoimmune disease and sent me to a neurologist who diagnosed my myasthenia gravis. The process took 7 years and I lost tract of how many doctors visits. I used conventional, Chinese , and Alternative medical practitioners.

      My GP at the time was not helpful so I picked the specialty I thought most likely contained the answer I needed and went forward. In your case I think an allergist might be the best starting point. Whatever you do keep good records.

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