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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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Can people with sjogrens syndrome and severe dry eye syndrome have Lasix (furosemide) eye surgery?

Can people with sjogrens syndrome and severe dry eye syndrome have Lasix (furosemide) eye surgery?

Better not: Lasik surgery tends to make eyes more dry. In the setting of sjogren's syndrome, this could potentially be devastating. Patients who have severe dry eyes can have pain, fluctuating and even poor vision. And this will get worse with age. If you want surgery, you might consider refractive lens exchange, as this will be less drying to the eye and may also get rid of the need for bifocals. ...Read more

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Is lipiflow a good treatment for dry eyes due to sjogrens syndrome?

Is lipiflow a good treatment for dry eyes due to sjogrens syndrome?

Not likely: This treatment is not standard nor scientifically validated. It is not likely to be helpful for sjogren's syndrome because the problem with that is inadequate tear production. Punctal plugs, artificial tear supplementation and Restasis would be better choices for this problem. ...Read more

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I have sjogrens syndrome but lately my mouth has been extremely dry and my tongue feels numb, and my tongue hurts. My mouth tastes awful. What is it?

I have sjogrens syndrome but lately my mouth has been extremely dry and my tongue feels numb, and my tongue hurts. My mouth tastes awful. What is it?

Sjogrens syndrome: This appears to be a worsening of your Sjogrens condition. An otolaryngologist should evaluate and treat these symptoms. Discuss this with your rheumatologist,also. ...Read more

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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

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Is sjogrens syndrome connected to hereditary elliptocytosis?

No data to say so: I just did a search of all medical literature published from the 1970's on and did not find a single article connecting the two. ...Read more

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Can you treat sjogrens syndrome?

Can you treat sjogrens syndrome?

Yes, depends: The chronic condition is difficult to treat but may respond to topical eye and mouth treatments. In rare cases biological agents such as humera are prescribed to treat this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me aboiut sjogrens syndrome?

Can you tell me aboiut sjogrens syndrome?

Dry mouth and eyes: Sjogrens is an auto-immune disease where your body attacks your salvary glands and tear glands of the eyes. This is sometimes associated with other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. A blood test or salivary gland biopsy can give the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose sjogrens syndrome for sure?

How do you diagnose sjogrens syndrome for sure?

Bx and lab.: I do minor salivary gland bx, and really heavily on lab tests, looking for the presence of ss-a and ss-b autoantibodies. Almost 50% of sjogren's patients have a positive rf. Eelvations of gammaglobulins are common, especially IgG and igm. There is some heredebiity to this condition, albeit weaker than many forms of arthritis. ...Read more

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Can anyone here tell me about sjogrens syndrome?

Can anyone here tell me about sjogrens syndrome?

Sjogren's: Sjogren's is the most common of the (so called) connective tissue diseases in the lupus family. Ucsd and scripp's cliic researches suggest on the basis of autoimmine blood tests run on blood donors, 1/300 may have it, although it is closer to 1/500. Variable in severity, it causes loss of water secretions in mouth, eyes, colon, even perspiration, with time. Associated with ss-a, b antibodies. ...Read more

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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

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How often should I have blood work drawn if taking methotrexate for sjogrens syndrome?

See details: For stable dosages, lab needs be checked no more often than every 3 months. I personally check it every 6 months in patients on a stable dose. ...Read more