Auto-Immune Disease Therapy Specialist


Integrative Functional Medicine Physician & Medical Marijuana Specialist located in Naperville, IL & Chicago, IL

An autoimmune disease causes your body to start attacking itself. Because this means you can lose otherwise normal tissue and can wind up with permanent nerve damage, you need to get treatment. The caring medical doctors at 1Body1Life in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois, specialize in diagnosing conditions and getting you started on autoimmune disease therapy. Most patients start experiencing relief from uncomfortable autoimmune disease side effects shortly after their first visit.

Auto-Immune Disease Therapy Q & A

What are autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases or disorders leave you with abnormal activity in your immune system — meaning it may be over- or underactive. If your immune system is overactive, your body starts attacking and damaging your own normal, healthy tissues as a fighting mechanism to some unknown trigger.

If your immune system is underactive, you can’t fight foreign invaders, like harmful bacteria, as well as you should. This leaves you more susceptible to illnesses and infections. Examples of common autoimmune diseases include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Type I diabetes

What treatments are available for autoimmune disorders?

The ideal treatment for you depends on what’s causing your flare-ups and the severity of your symptoms. With an overactive immune system, found with vasculitis or rheumatoid arthritis, you may benefit from prednisone or another type of corticosteroid injection. These steroid injections help bring down your immune system activity so your body stops destroying healthy tissue.

Other possible treatments for autoimmune conditions include:

  • Medical cannabis
  • Thyroid hormone pills
  • Oral steroid medications
  • Blood filtering
  • Physical therapy

Surgery is a last-resort treatment in some cases, such as with Grave’s disease. With this condition, your hormone produces an excess amount of thyroid hormones. Treatment requires surgery to remove your thyroid gland, meaning you take a thyroid hormone medication for the rest of your life.

Can I get medical cannabis to help with autoimmune disease symptoms?

Doctors at 1Body1Life provide examinations and cannabis certifications for patients who have certain qualifying autoimmune diseases under the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. If you have a diagnosis that falls under the act, the experts at 1Body1Life can help you through the certification process so you can obtain medical cannabis for treatment.

Some of the qualifying autoimmune conditions are:

  • Lupus
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Severe fibromyalgia

Your dedicated practitioner lets you know if you have a disorder that qualifies for medical cannabis treatment during your first appointment.

If you are struggling to manage an autoimmune disease or disorder, schedule an appointment to find a treatment that works for you. You can call or use the online booking tool.