Connective tissue disease
Connective tissue diseases usually present as a weakness or inflammation of the tissues. Many include an autoimmune reaction meaning your body’s normal defence system triggers an attack on the cells, tissues or joints causing pain and inflammation.
Connective tissues fill the spaces between your tissues and organs and support these areas. They are made up of cells and protein and vary in density depending on the area of the body.
The specific cause of connective tissue disease is unknown however it is thought that there may be genetic connect meaning the condition is passed to you from a member of your family. They can also be a result of an injury or infection. In some cases environmental issues may trigger forms of connective tissues disease.
Symptoms of connective tissue disease can include:
- Unexplained fatigue
- Joint pain
- Muscle stiffness or weakness
- Blood circulation problems
These symptoms could be a result of several conditions so it is important to get proper diagnosis and treatment.
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