Autoimmune Disease Specialist

The Lamkin Clinic

Functional Medicine & Hormone Replacement Specialist located in Edmond, OK

If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissues in your own body. An autoimmune disease can affect any part of your body and cause a wide range of symptoms, making it hard to diagnose and treat. Brian Lamkin, DO, at The Lamkin Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, takes an investigative and proactive approach to health, focusing on the root cause of your autoimmune disease to relieve your symptoms and heal your body. For a holistic approach to care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Autoimmune Disease Q&A

What is an autoimmune disease?

An autoimmune disease is an immune system malfunction. Normally, your immune system creates antibodies that attack and destroy the outside invaders like germs that are causing illness.

With an autoimmune disease, the immune system attacks your body’s own healthy tissue. Researchers are still investigating what causes the immune system to attack your own body, but they theorize it may occur from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. 

What are examples of an autoimmune disease?

There are more than 80 known autoimmune diseases. Examples include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Lupus
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Pernicious anemia

Autoimmune diseases may affect any part of the body. For example, in rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the joints, causing inflammation and pain. With Type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

Because an autoimmune disease may affect any body system or organ, symptoms vary in type and severity, making it hard to get an accurate diagnosis. 

What happens during an evaluation for an autoimmune disease?

The Lamkin Clinic takes a proactive and comprehensive approach to care. They combine the best diagnostic tools and technology from conventional medicine with emerging tests and tools from functional medicine to identify the root cause of an illness. 

During your initial consultation, your provider asks detailed questions about your health, lifestyle, and usual routine. They review specific health concerns and symptoms and ask about your health goals.

Your provider performs a physical exam and runs specialty lab testing that helps identify the underlying cause of your health issues. This comprehensive evaluation paints a more complete picture of your health and wellness needs so you get targeted treatment.

What types of treatments can help an autoimmune disease?

The types of treatments that can help your autoimmune disease depend on your diagnosis, symptoms, and results from your lab testing. Your provider at The Lamkin Clinic customizes a treatment plan that focuses on treating the root cause of your immune system malfunction.

Treatment may include:

  • Personalized nutrition care plan
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Exercise program
  • Medical weight loss management
  • Thyroid hormone balancing
  • Stress management
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Low dose immunotherapy (LDA)
  • Low dose naltrexone (LDN)

The Lamkin Clinic works closely with you in designing a plan that not only eases your symptoms, but heals your body. 

To get help with your autoimmune disease from a practice that focuses on you, not your disease, call The Lamkin Clinic, or schedule an appointment online today.