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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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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Sjogren's Syndrome (Definition)

Sj_gren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease characterized by dry eyes, dry mouth, and ...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