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What could this be symptoms listed below. A 67 year old woman symptoms are dry mouth, sore mouth, difficulty swallowing, sometimes nausea and vomiting. Has been going on for a couple of months. She has disfiguring arthritis, colestral problems,

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine

In brief: The

The symptoms listed are very non-specific, and could represent many different processes, and may or may not be related.
She could be dealing with a thyroid disorder, autoimmune disorder, diabetes, cancer. The disfiguring arthritis suggests possible rheumatoid arthritis. The cholesterol problem needs to be managed to avoid coronary artery disease. It sounds like she has many different issues going on that need prompt care by a medical provider. She should see a doctor right away for evaluation and treatment.

In brief: The

The symptoms listed are very non-specific, and could represent many different processes, and may or may not be related.
She could be dealing with a thyroid disorder, autoimmune disorder, diabetes, cancer. The disfiguring arthritis suggests possible rheumatoid arthritis. The cholesterol problem needs to be managed to avoid coronary artery disease. It sounds like she has many different issues going on that need prompt care by a medical provider. She should see a doctor right away for evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Joy Jackson
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Dr. Stephen Christensen
Family Medicine

In brief: If

If the "disfiguring arthritis" you mentioned is rheumatoid arthritis (ra), this 67-year-old woman may have sjogren's syndrome, which frequently accompanies RA and other autoimmune diseases.
Sjogren's syndrome is characterized by dry mouth and dry eyes; people who have sjogren's typically don't make enough saliva to keep their mouth moist or swallow their food efficiently. Alternatively, this patient could have scleroderma, another autoimmune condition that is associated with sjogren's syndrome and arthritis. People with scleroderma also develop "stiffness" in the esophagus, which interferes with swallowing. In any event, this individual needs to see her doctor, who can identify the precise nature of her problems and recommend appropriate treatment. Good luck!

In brief: If

If the "disfiguring arthritis" you mentioned is rheumatoid arthritis (ra), this 67-year-old woman may have sjogren's syndrome, which frequently accompanies RA and other autoimmune diseases.
Sjogren's syndrome is characterized by dry mouth and dry eyes; people who have sjogren's typically don't make enough saliva to keep their mouth moist or swallow their food efficiently. Alternatively, this patient could have scleroderma, another autoimmune condition that is associated with sjogren's syndrome and arthritis. People with scleroderma also develop "stiffness" in the esophagus, which interferes with swallowing. In any event, this individual needs to see her doctor, who can identify the precise nature of her problems and recommend appropriate treatment. Good luck!
Dr. Stephen Christensen
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