In 2011 at the age of 21, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune vascular disease called Takayasu’s. There is NO known cause. Doctors aren’t sure if this is hereditary. Only about 2 out of every 100,000 people are diagnosed with this disease a year. It mainly affects young Asian and Black women in their twenties.
- adjective | of, relating to, affecting, or consisting of a vessel or vessels, esp. those that carry blood.
Takayasu’s Vasculitis (also known as Takayasu’s Arteritis) is a rare vascular disease in which one’s blood vessels become inflamed and unable to carry blood properly from the heart throughout the body. The main artery that is affected is the aorta.
Signs: chest pain, rapid heart rate, aneurysms, rapid weight loss and gain, night sweats, numbness/tingling in limbs (due to decreased blood flow), low-grade fever, shortness of breath, affected eyesight, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, Raynaud’s syndrome, proneness to viral/bacterial infections, loss of pulse, chronic pain throughout the entire body