Re: Autoimmune diseases!! :( please help!!
Hi and welcome! I'm just a patient, but here are things I'd seriously consider, if I were you.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. Which one(s) were diagnosed or suggested as possibilities? Unfortunately some do require meds, there's no way around that, really. The reality is that some AI's can, over time, take down major organs, and that's NOT a good thought.
DOCTORS. What kinds have you seen? GP's? Rheumatologists? Gastros? Hematologists?
PERNICIOUS ANEMIA. What was recommended? Monthly B-12 shots?
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE. What's causing? If Celiac disease is the sole cause, I think the remedy for Celiac is strict dietary changes, not meds.
OSTEOARTHRITIS. I see that term as meaning run-of-the-mill arthritis, not "inflammatory arthritis". I'd want to know if "inflammatory arthritis" was tested for and ruled out! For example, if your tests showed elevated ANA (anti-nuclear autoantibody), elevated sedimentation rate (ESR), or elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), I'd see those findings as possibly suggesting conditions that typically require treatment.
MEDS. Which were suggested? (I'd feared big meds, but I've been lucky & only need an mild antimaliarial---in other words, no big deal.)
I'm not trying to dismiss your concerns about meds, etc., just encouraging you to ask questions about your diagnoses, to read, and to not make up your mind prematurely about anything. That's because I was dx'ed with lupus in my mid-40's after decades of problems, which was ridiculous. You're so young. I want you to GRAB everything that could help get back on track.
I hope you post more and that others here chip in---we're always here when you feel like talking. With hugs & my best wishes, Vee