Top
10
Doctor insights on: Does Sjogrens Syndrome Go Hand In Hand With Lupus

Share
1

1
My wife is 42. Recently she has been diagnosed with sjogren's syndrome. What is this?

My wife is 42. Recently she has been diagnosed with sjogren's syndrome. What is this?

Autoimmune disease: The most common symptoms in Sjögren's syndrome are dry eyes and dry mouth because white blood cells get "confused" and attack and destroy glands in the body that make tears, saliva, vaginal secretions, and other secretions.Inflammation in Sjögren's can cause rashes or arthritis, and even liver, kidney or brain disease. Can also cause saliva gland cancer (lymphoma), so getting treated is important. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
2

2
In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

Yes: The three conditions all share a common underlying mechanism, that of autoimmune inflammation. Each condition manifests this mechanism in a specific organ or gland, namely the salivary gland, skin, kidneys, etc. ...Read more

3

3
Does sjogrens syndrome come in flares like lupus? What is easier to control-lupus that affects organs or sjogrens that affects organs ?

Does sjogrens syndrome come in flares like lupus? What is easier to control-lupus that affects organs or sjogrens that affects organs ?

Yes: Sjogren's can have flares just like sle and there is frequently overlap between the two. Neither is desirable when organ involvement occurs since these are very difficult to treat or reverse. ...Read more

4

4
In sjogrens syndrome related to lupus. What does it mean?

In sjogrens syndrome related to lupus. What does it mean?

Possibly: Sjogrens syndrome will typically presenst with dry eyes and dry mouth. It is not uncommon for sjogrens to occur with other rheumatic illnesses such as lupus. We call this secondary sjogrens and tends to cause the above issues. We still treat the underlying illness and in your case lupus. Sjogrens can occur by itself and we call this primary sjogrens and may have more issues then secondary sjogrens. ...Read more

5

5
Which the difference between sjogrens syndrome and lupus which is worse?

Which the difference between sjogrens syndrome and lupus which is worse?

They: Sjogren's is in some ways a milder disease but it can have significant organ involvement. Sjogrens's typically affects the moisture glands in your body causing dryness, whereas lupus does not. Sometimes they can coexist together. Lupus can have significant organ involement compared to sjogren's and often is worse than sjogrens in terms of organ involvement. ...Read more

6

6
What the difference between sjogrens syndrome and lupus? Which is worse?

They are similar: Both are autoimmune diseases and to varying degree, they have overlapping symptoms. Patients with lupus can have symptoms of sjogrens and vice versa. Both can lead to very serious, life threatening disease. More often, however, they are relatively well managed. In summary, severe lupus is probably worse than severe sjogrens, but there are exceptions. ...Read more

8

8
Any more risks with having lupus/sjogrens overlap syndrome than having lupus alone? Is it possible with good diet & exercise to be very healthy?

Any more risks with having lupus/sjogrens overlap syndrome than having lupus alone? Is it possible with good diet & exercise to be very healthy?

Yes: Diet, exercise, a good nights sleep are very important with this disease. It is also important to be monitored for kidney disease, to treat the dryness symptoms, and to take meds (plaquenil) to protect your future. Good luck to you. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
I don't take my medication for my sjogrens syndrome... What can happen?

I don't take my medication for my sjogrens syndrome... What can happen?

Carious Lesions: Xerostomia is one of the components of sjogrens syndrome. The best thing to do would be supplement your oral hygiene regimen with Fluoride based agents and if you want to be proactive xylitol based gums, rinses etc would be helpful in keeping you cavity free. See your dentist for regular checkups. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers