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Monday, July 23, 2018

Sjogren's Disease

Sjögren’s (“SHOW-grins”) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Symptoms of extreme dryness, profound fatigue,  chronic pain, neuropathies, lymphomas and involves the major organs of the body. We have all experienced dry mouth, eyes, etc... from time to time but Sjogren leaves one with extreme dryness and fatigue. In addition the disease can often cause problems with kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, lives, pancreas and the central nervous system.

Symptoms vary from person to person but may include:

• a dry, gritty or burning sensation in the eyes
• dry mouth
• difficulty talking, chewing or swallowing
• a sore or cracked tongue
• dry or burning throat
• dry or peeling lips
• a change in taste or smell
• increased dental decay
• joint pain
• vaginal and skin dryness
• digestive problems
• dry nose
• debilitating fatigue

It is estimated that as many as 4 million Americans are living with the symptoms of Sjogren's. The disease is one of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases and one that affects nearly 9 out of 10 women. Sjogren's can occur with another autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or scleroderma or it may simply come alone affecting the entire body.

Individuals with Sjogren can see their symptoms get worse, stay steady or go into remission without warning. Mild discomfort is often experienced in the beginning with it gradually getting worse. Symptoms may become debilitating and greatly impair the individuals life. This is why it is important to get an early diagnosis and proper treatment The disease has common conditions and symptoms of other diseases and may be overlooked or misdiagnosed at times.

The disease was first I.D'd in 1933 by Dr. Henrik Sjogren. The disease can affect every race and ethnicity.

There is no known cure for Sjogren's but treatments may help improve various symptoms and prevent complications. Over the Counter drugs such as eye drops and mouth prep can help relieve dryness. If one suffers from Sjogren's they should see their physician on what medications they should use. The disease often requires a personalized plan of attack designed by a physician, dentist and eye care specialist as it affects so many different systems.

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