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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 stress increase lupus/sjogrens symptoms like fatigue and joint pain?

Can stress increase lupus/sjogrens symptoms like fatigue and joint pain?

Yes: Stress causes the body to release cortisone compounds and adrenaline compounds. When the stress stops your body feels a drop in these like steroid withdrawal, thus the increase in symptoms. There are other hormonal mechanisms in place as well. ...Read more

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How do u treat sjogren syndrome?

How do u treat sjogren syndrome?

Sjogrens: A rheumatologist is who you need to see. Usually, medicines to suppress your immune system are used. These can include low dose chemo meds, immune modulating drugs or prednisone. ...Read more

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How do you treat sjogren syndrome?

How do you treat sjogren syndrome?

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 more

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Is there any one who suffers from sjogren syndrome?

Is there any one who suffers from sjogren syndrome?

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

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Anyone out there with sjogren syndrome?

Venus Williams: While sjogren's is not a common disease, there are several million in the us that have this condition. ...Read more

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I have sjogren syndrome so my doctor is sending me to a rheumatologist. What can she do?

I have sjogren syndrome so my doctor is sending me to a rheumatologist. What can she do?

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

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I want to know about the solution for Sjogren syndrome (foods, pills, etc.).

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

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