Autoimmune Disorder (Thyroid, Lupus, Addison's)
Observing Autoimmune Disorder (Thyroid, Lupus, Addison's) in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with an autoimmune disorder:
- May become fatigued easily
- May have reduced physical strength
- May be frequently absent due to treatment or illness
- May have stiffness or pain
- May experience weight loss or weight gain
- May have reduced motor skills
- Isenberg, D. & Morrow, J. (1995). Friendly fire: Explaining autoimmune disease. Oxford: University Press.
- NIH, Medline Plus: Autoimmune Diseases
Related Functional Characteristics
Climate Sensitivity : Autoimmune disorders all manifest differently but many of them include symptoms of climate sensitivity particularly in cold weather.
Fatigue (Physical) : Students with autoimmune disorders experience physical fatigue due to pain, lack of sleep, medication side effects, stress, or flare ups of their disorder.
Motor Skill (Fine) : Autoimmune disorders can cause pain in the joints or muscles of the hands resulting in difficulty with fine motor skills.
Numbness : Numbness is a symptom of certain autoimmune diseases, such as pernicious anemia, and systemic lupus erythematous.
Pain Management : Students with autoimmune disorders may experience pain in the joints, muscles, or tendons caused by their disorder.
Personal Care/ Medical Equipment Needs : Students with autoimmune disorders may have personal attendants or need specialized medical equipment.
Risk for Injury : Students with autoimmune disorders can be at risk when exposed to fungus, infections and viruses when their system is suppressed.
Susceptibility to Infection : Any condition that impacts the autoimmune system makes a student more likely to contract illnesses or secondary infections.
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