Autoimmune disorders (or autoimmune diseases) refer to the group of disorders, which involve an exaggerated response by the body’s immune system against tissues and organisms, which are not harmful, or not as harmful as the reaction would indicate. They typically significantly affect a person’s quality of life, but cannot always be physically seen by other people around them.
Autoimmune disorders can include things like lupus and other disorders that affect a person’s quality of life, energy levels, mental state, physical feelings, and fatigue issues, without showing the effects visually on the outside of a person’s body. This creates a heavy stigma for those with autoimmune disorders.
The causes of various autoimmune disorders are not entirely known. Some people assume environmental factors are an issue, though there is not at present, a psychological or medical consensus on this. Others believe autoimmune disorders have their basis in genetics and the human body relative to a person’s family tree, but not much is definitively known.
It will go a long way to sufferers to develop solutions to autoimmune disorders when the medical community can come to a consensus on the causes. Additionally, more women than men – by far – typically experience autoimmune disorders and diseases, and it primarily affects women of middle age and the elderly.
Symptoms of autoimmune disorders include incredible fatigue and difficulty in day-to-day activities. Energy levels typically lag extremely and differently compared to those without the disorders. Symptoms include the lack of desire and indifference to following through on goals and pursuing an energetic, high-energy life.
Many people suffering from the disorder also note symptoms of other varying intensities and experiences, including a loss of mobility and dexterity, shortness of breath, a possible link to food allergies, and other diseases, such as fibromyalgia.
Disability Tax Credits for Autoimmune Disorders
If you or a loved one has been suffering from an autoimmune disorder, there is help available. The Canadian government provides disability tax credits and benefits to those who qualify. If you have an autoimmune disease, you may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit under the categories of walking, feeding, dressing, vision, elimination (bowel and bladder functions), life-sustaining therapy, and mental functions. A representative from HandyTax will gladly walk you through the process. Don’t hesitate and contact us today!