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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
Depends: On the course of the disease, organ involvement, baseline health status, the aggressiveness of the condition, and many other factors (response to treatment, etc.). ...Read more
Does infectious disease specialist treat or study systemic scleroderma. Undifferentied diffuse connective tissue disease,raynauds?
No: these are generally dealt with by rheumatologists. Good luck. ...Read more
The Mighty Vitamin D: You may do better in warmer climate closer tot he equator for 2 reasons: more vitamin D and more exercise . Receiving more sunlight would naturally raise your vitamin D levels. Adequate vitamin D is essential for fibromyalgia relief, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.More exercise, especially light walking or yoga on the beach would add to the benefit of vitamin D. ...Read more
Many: There are many that can have flares. That is a hard question to answer if you are looking for a diagnosis based on just having a flare...? ...Read more
Treatable killer: This may be the most treacherous of all diagnoses. 1 in ~60000 people have this defect in copper metabolism that may have no symptoms or look like something else until it ruins the liver and brain. It's picked up on lab testing and even these are fraught with pitfalls. Diagnosed, it's very easy to treat. I wish you luck and hope your workup is done well. ...Read more
Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. reverse autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?
Is polymyositis rheumatica an autoimmune disease? My dad has this and I have a sytemic autoimmune connective tissue disease as well. Genetic?
Autoimmune Disease: Henrik sjogren described patients with sicca features (dry eyes, dry mouth) and swollen lymph glands. Sjogren's can also cause pulmonary, neurologic and articular disease due to inflammation as well as fatigue. It is an autoimmune disease: primary disorder or secondary to systemic lupus (sle) or ra. Likely viral and genetic facctors initiate. Treated topically (eyes) and systemically like lupus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare: Sjogren's is accompanied by a diminution in the flow of tears. This can cause discomfort and eye redness, and sometimes scarring of the front of the eye if treatment is not given or is ineffective. It would be very rare and sort of neglectful if someone were to have profound vision loss from this condition. ...Read more
Do people with secondary sjogrens have the ssa or ssb, or is this only with primary? I understand 2ndary occurs with already existng ctd.
Primary, usually!: Primary sjogren's is usually associated with ss-a positivity, but both ss-a and ss-b combined is even more specific. But both can be false positive without clinical disease occurring! ...Read more
I have a negative SS-A but positive SS-B diagnosis on my ENA test. I have symptoms consistent with Sjogrens but wondering if it could be anything else?
See details: Usually a positive SSB by itself is not clinically significant. If you believe you have Sjogrens, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
An autoimmune diseas: Sjögren's is an autoimmune disease where the body "turns against itself" and makes antibodies against the mucous secreting areas of the body- the eyes mouth respiratory and genitourinary it is mostly associated as the dry eyes dry mouth syndrome .Other features may include arthritis and kidney disease. It is vital that you see a rheumatologist to evaluate yourcsymptoms make the correct diagnosis a. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune disease: Sjogrens is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body starts to " attack" itself due to an alteration in the ability to identify its own tissue. It " perceives" the target tissue as a foreign invader and tries to eliminate it. This leads to signs and symptoms of whatever organ is being attacked. Like many autoimmune diseases, there are genetic factors that predispose someone to be affected. ...Read more
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
There are many: Sjogrens syndrome most often is a benign condition in the sense that it usually doesn't cause serious internal organ damage. However, it can cause severe dry mouth leading to dental problems, dry eyes leading to corneal abrasions, vaginal dryness leading to painful intercourse. It can also have more serious consequences with skin, nerve, lung, heart, joint, bone marrow, and other organ injury. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers