What is Sjögrens Syndrome?
Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease that is becoming more known every day thanks so much to word of mouth. Simply speaking about something can begin an urgency.
“Although the hallmark symptoms are dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue and joint pain, Sjögren’s may cause dysfunction of other organs, affecting the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the nervous system. Patients also have a higher risk of developing lymphoma. . .
All instances of Sjögren’s syndrome are systemic. Symptoms may plateau, worsen, or, uncommonly, go into remission.
While some people experience mild discomfort, others suffer debilitating symptoms that greatly impair their functioning. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are important — they may prevent serious complications and greatly improve a patient’s quality of life.”
Research has begun happening (more) within the past couple of years on Sjögren’s Syndrome. The following image is only the basic symptoms. Thanks to the normalization of people talking about Sjögren’s, so many more symptoms have been tied to this disease through research, which has aided in finding treatment for patients who suffer from Sjögren’s. The following image shows all that was known about Sjögren’s Syndrome just five years ago when I was diagnosed (2015). Research has brought patients with Sjögren’s much more relief in the years following 2015, and we will only learn more as we continue to speak about a commonly undiagnosed disease that makes everyday life difficult for many of the people who unknowingly suffer with this disease.
Sjögren’s Related Lung Disease is found in 3/4, possibly more, of Sjögren’s patients. Exocrine glands are the moisture producing glands in our bodies that Sjögren’s mistakes as an “enemy”, such as it would a virus or bacteria. These glands are attacked by the immune system until they fail to work – leading to the dry eyes and dry mouth that we know Sjögrens to cause. However, if you’re finding yourself short of breath, having reoccurring respiratory infections/problems, or even possible chest pain, this link could lead you to your possible reason why.
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UPDATE: October 26, 2019
UPDATE: October 26, 2019
After recently searching “Sjögren’s Syndrome” on Google, I was suddenly ELATED! So much research has been done within the past several years (I was diagnosed in 2015)! Here are a couple of DEFINITE‘s that, before this day, sat as EHHHHH MAYBE’s aka: IT MAKES SENSE….
With YOUR HELP, we are making the research possible to find new treatments, new causes, new related symptoms, and more! We have come SO FAR! THANK YOU!
Thanks to all who have contributed to the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, research has multiplied, the information and treatments available have widened – though there is still quite a ways to go when it comes to finding a treatment for Sjögren’s, itself, rather than treating symptoms that arise. Since I was diagnosed five years ago, headway has been made! This is truly a huge example to say “every penny counts!”💚
Check out this amazing website. It’s full of anything and everything you could ever want to know about Sjögren’s Syndrome: