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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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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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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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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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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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Could sjogren syndrome causes sever dysphagia and how this appear in upper GI series ?

Could sjogren syndrome causes sever dysphagia and how this appear in upper GI series ?

Yes: Upper GI series will show dysphagia but it wont necessarily show the cause. In sjogrens disease the cause of dysphagia can be due to dry throat, but can also be caused by inflammation in the brain stem. The latter might also cause other symptoms besides just dysphagia. ...Read more

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How are sjogren'syndrome and dry eyes different?

How are sjogren'syndrome and dry eyes different?

Etiology: Sjogren's is classically described as dry eyes and dry mouth. The dry eyes is specifically due to decreased tear production from an auto-inflammatory source. General dry eyes refers to just the lack of tears on the eye surface, and can be due to many different etiologies. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sjogren'syndrome and dry eyes?

Dry eyes can be from: different conditions that are manageable, and can be easily treated locally. Whereas, Sjogren's is part of an autoimmune disease spectrum involving severe dryness of the eyes, and can involve joint disease, and dry mucous membranes as well and is system wide. Management is more complex. ...Read more