Diagnosis Tips

What can we do to help the doctor with a diagnosis?

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) recommends the following to help your doctor with correctly diagnosing your condition. Download the two-sided PDF here to share with your loved one’s Diagnosis Tips & Do you know your family AQ?

  • Do your own family medical history
  • Keep a symptom list
  • Seek referrals to good physicians
  • Obtain a thorough clinical examination
  • Get a second, third, and even fourth opinion
  • Partner with physicians to manage your disease
  • Learn to deal early on with the long-term effects of autoimmune disease
  • Remember: Getting a diagnosis can be a challenging journey

Do You Know Your Family's AQ?

How likely you or a loved one is to develop an autoimmune disease?

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) wants to help you learn your family’s AQ. AQ is a play on IQ that stands for Autoimmune Quotient. It’s about knowing how likely you or a loved one is to develop an autoimmune disease, based on the prevalence of these diseases and your family history.

Download the two-sided PDF here to share with your loved one’s Diagnosis Tips & Do you know your family AQ?

Determine your family's autoimmune quotient

  • Understand that autoimmune diseases constitute a major U.S. health crisis
  • Get educated
  • Be aware that autoimmune diseases target women
  • Know that autoimmune diseases run in families
  • Do your own family medical history
  • Keep a “symptoms” list
  • Realize that getting an autoimmune disease diagnosis is often challenging
  • Hold the power to protect your family’s future health and well-being in your hands

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