When I was pregnant with my first child, I didn’t expect the labor to go perfect. I had heard enough labor horror stories to know better. However, I didn’t expect to have a seizure, either. I’ve always prided myself in being the perfect specimen of health. I used to brag to nurses when I got my yearly physical that I was “medically boring.” I had
Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune condition that mostly affects women. The condition occurs when white blood cells go after and deplete moisture-producing glands. Symptoms include dry eye, dry mouth, and skin dryness. Sjögren’s can also affect the primary organs such as the kidneys, blood vessels, lungs, liver and pancreas. In this section, we will cover managing Sjögren’s Syndrome through pregnancy, breastfeeding and while raising kids both as a primary condition and paired with other autoimmune diseases.
From Medically Boring to a Seizure During Pregnancy: the Story of a Sjögren’s Syndrome and Lupus Diagnosis
“I have what?! How do you even spell that??” That was my first reaction when I was told I had Sjögren’s syndrome. Few people have heard of this particular autoimmune disorder, but I suspect it’s because it goes undiagnosed in many. After all, the primary symptoms are pretty innocuous. Dry eyes, dry mouth, dry everything. The textbook definition describes Sjögren’s as an autoimmune disorder in which your
Sjögren’s syndrome is a common inflammatory autoimmune disorder, predominantly seen in women, characterized primarily by dry eyes and dry mouth, although it can affect a wide range of other organs and organ systems. In Sjögren’s, the immune system attacks a variety of different lubricating glands, and it can present as simply dryness in certain areas, joint pain and fatigue, or in serious cases, debilitating disease.
Cogan syndrome is rare autoimmune-mediated rheumatic disorder characterized by recurrent cornea inflammation, fever, weight loss and hearing loss. It can lead the patient to blindness or deafness if not treated properly. In 1945 D.G. Cogan first described this term. People of 20s, 30s and children are mostly affected by Cogan syndrome. What causes Cogan syndrome? The exact cause of cogan syndrome is still unknown, but