Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder characterized classically by dry eyes (xerophthalmia) and dry mouth (xerostomia), secondary to white blood cell attack on the moisture producing glands and mucous membranes. Patients may also experience skin, nose and vaginal dryness as well, and sometimes suffer other symptoms in common with many autoimmune diseases, such as joint/muscle pain and chronic fatigue. There is no cure for Sjögren’s,
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.
January 2013, I turned 40. I had planned on celebrating, but I was too sick. One month later I finally learned what caused the dizziness, severe sudden fatigue, joint stiffness and pain, losing my upper teeth and a few of the bottom teeth, hair loss, light sensitivity, dry nose and eyes and my severe multiple food allergies that came on suddenly. I have primary Sjögren’s
From Medically Boring to a Seizure During Pregnancy: the Story of a Sjögren’s Syndrome and Lupus Diagnosis
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
“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.