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Doctor insights on: Sjogren Disease Symptoms

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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

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My rheumatologist diagnosed with lupus/sjogrens overlap. Does that mean my symptoms don't fit into one disease category perfectly or that I have both?

My rheumatologist diagnosed with lupus/sjogrens overlap. Does that mean my symptoms don't fit into one disease category perfectly or that I have both?

Autoimmune: Autoimmune phenomena are frequently tough to diagnose health problems. It is common to have symptoms of more than one autoimmune disease. Overlap means you have symptoms characteristic of both SLE and Sjogrens that don`t fit into one disease category as you stated above. ...Read more

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Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. help control, reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. help control, reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Possibly: There is some evidence that anti inflammatory diets can help improve symptoms of auto immune diseases. Certainly eating an diet high in antioxidants will note harmful. But always check with your physician before you make a drastic changes to your diet. You should ensure that you get enough protein, carbs and fats along with micronutrients and vitamins. ...Read more

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Since sjogrens can damage the thyroid would tpo be produced because of sjogrens and cause hashimotos, or is hashi always a separate disease?

Since sjogrens can damage the thyroid would tpo be produced because of sjogrens and cause hashimotos, or is hashi always a separate disease?

Separate diseases: There is a significant co-existence of these two diseases but they are separate diseases. Both are auytoimmune in nature but the presence of sjogren's disease does not cause the development of thyroid antibodies nor the development of hashimoto's. ...Read more

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I was told i can't have sjogrens an Crohn's disease. My scopes come back fine but yet I have a low b12. Can I have crohns?

I was told i can't have sjogrens an Crohn's disease. My scopes come back fine but yet I have a low b12. Can I have crohns?

Not necessarily: There are many reasons for B12 deficiency. It can be as simple as being a vegetarian. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have both systemic lupus/sjogrens overlap & used to have idiopathic central diabetes inspidus. Could the diseases somehow be related?

I have both systemic lupus/sjogrens overlap & used to have idiopathic central diabetes inspidus. Could  the diseases somehow be related?

"Used to"?: Hi. I'm unclear...did your central DI spontaneously resolve? We don't expect to see that, and it makes me question the original diagnosis of DI in the first place. There appears to be an autoimmune cause of at least a subset of idiopathic central DI, and this is more likely in the setting of other autoimmune diseases (SLE, Sjögren's), but it doesn't spontaneously go away. Ergo, I can't say. ...Read more

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Can you build up your immune system, make it stronger with an autoimmune disease such as sjogrens?

Can you build up your immune system, make it stronger with an autoimmune disease such as sjogrens?

No: An autoimmune disease is actually from losing control of the immune system allowing the body to attack your own tissue. This does not improve your immune system since autoimmune disease is more like a rogue police force. ...Read more

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Could undifferentiated connective tissue disease (poss sjogrens +\or lupus) cause increased feeling of being winded when it is humid outside?

Could undifferentiated connective tissue disease (poss sjogrens +\or lupus) cause increased feeling of being winded when it is humid outside?

Difficult question: And one that probably can not be answered on this sit specific to you. Some kinds of connective tissue diseases can cause constriction and make you feel short of breath, others not. It is vert variable. The ones you mentioned probably not ...Read more

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If you have a auto immune disease such as sjogrens, does that mean your immune system is suppressed? Effecting your body ability to fight off cancer?

If you have a auto immune disease such as sjogrens, does that mean your immune system is suppressed? Effecting your body ability to fight off cancer?

Disordered immunity: The problem in most autoimmune disorders is not immune suppression, but immune confusion. Instead of just fighting invading organisms, your immune system also attacks your normal tissues, and this immune response is what causes inflammation and symptoms of the disease. With prolonged chronic immune stimulation, some of the cells may begin to reproduce uncontrollably, causing cancers like lymphoma. ...Read more

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