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Malabsorption is the body’s inability to absorb nutrients from the digestive system into the bloodstream. Normally the digestive process converts nutrients from the diet into small units that pass through the wall of the intestine and into the bloodstream, where they are carried to other cells in the body. If the intestinal wall is damaged, digested ...Read more
Rx of Sjogren's: Most rheumatologists use hydroxycholorquine based on dosing of 6mg/kg of body weight. I also use auranofin with most patients. I treat fatigue and mental fog with modafinil. Some uncommon but serious problems that can occur in sjogren's have recently been treated with IV rituxan, (rituximab) with reasonably good results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There may be as many as a million folks with this, most of them undiagnosed. A person who must sip water first-thing-in-the-morning has dry mouth for some reason, and this and obvious dry eyes need a workup (labs in this case) though there's no magic pill for sjogren's as there is for many other illnesses. ...Read more
Sjogrens: Make sure you get an accurate diagnosis - it is very specific based on lab work or a lip biopsy. Then treated symptomatically based on severity of symptoms. Artificial tear drops for dry eyes. Drink plenty of water for dry mouth. There is 'artificial saliva' and medication available called secretagogues (mild cholinergics) to stimulate natural salivation. ...Read more
Yes: Upper GI series will show dysphagia but it wont necessarily show the cause. In sjogrens disease the cause of dysphagia can be due to dry throat, but can also be caused by inflammation in the brain stem. The latter might also cause other symptoms besides just dysphagia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Etiology: Sjogren's is classically described as dry eyes and dry mouth. The dry eyes is specifically due to decreased tear production from an auto-inflammatory source. General dry eyes refers to just the lack of tears on the eye surface, and can be due to many different etiologies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry eyes can be from: different conditions that are manageable, and can be easily treated locally. Whereas, Sjogren's is part of an autoimmune disease spectrum involving severe dryness of the eyes, and can involve joint disease, and dry mucous membranes as well and is system wide. Management is more complex. ...Read more
Sjögren's is a cause: Dry eye is an umbrella term with many underlying causes. Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease associated with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and is a result of the immune system attacking the lacrimal and salivary glands resulting in severe dry eyes and dry mouth. It can be tested by blood tests or biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sjogren's Syndrome: Itis a disease of the exocrine water producing glands of the body. Since the places where vyou produce the most are the mouth and eyes, dry mouth( increased caivities), and decreased tear production are the most common. However, sweat production minimizes with time (bad for heat regulation), as does brochial and vaginal moisture production. Mental fatigue is common. See the rheumatologist! ...Read more
Dad (65yrs) gets headache if don't take prednisolone (15mg/day). Doctors suspect idiopathic meningitis or sjogren syndrome. How to stop prednisolone?
Sometimes i get red and purple dots and edema in my ankle and legs, also my ESR is 113 and I have sjogren syndrome. Are those symptoms related ?
Female 47, lupus/sjogren syndrome .recently found out that I've a mass the size of dollar piece. With flank pain/tinging pain in the groin area ?
Check it out: It may be that this is an enlarged lymph node which is common in lupus/Sjogren syndrome due to the hyperactive immune system. Still you need to check this out with your local physician in case you need further work up. ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: Sjogrens is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body starts to " attack" itself due to an alteration in the ability to identify its own tissue. It " perceives" the target tissue as a foreign invader and tries to eliminate it. This leads to signs and symptoms of whatever organ is being attacked. Like many autoimmune diseases, there are genetic factors that predispose someone to be affected. ...Read more
Baby bottle syndrome is dental caries resulting from prolonged use of baby bottles especially with juice or other sugary drinks. The distribution of the caries start in the central middle teeth- central incisors- where teeth are in contact with the bottle nipple. If severe can result in loss of baby teeth and sometimes ...Read more
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