What is Sjogren's Syndrome? - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorders/diseases

What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?

Sjögren’s Syndrome (pronounced “show grins”) …is a chronic, inflammatory, multi-system, auto-immune disorder that is progressive. This means those who have Sjögren’s have it for the rest of their lives and it may affect many parts of their bodies.  Auto-immune refers to a process whereby the cells that are usually directed to fighting infections are actually attacking our own cells, creating inflammation and damage to tissues, in particular the mucous membranes (moisture-producing tissues/glands). This damage is slowly progressive (gets worse with time).

Sjögren’s predominately affects woman (90% of people with Sjögrens are women: 10% men).

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What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?

SYMPTOMS OF SJÖGRENS SYNDROME
The two main symptoms of Sjögrens syndrome are:
• Dry eye (keratoconjuctivitis sicca) and.
• Dry mouth (xerostomia)

However, people who have Sjogren’s Syndrome usually have a varied mixture of many other symptoms, which may include:
• Extreme fatigue
• Muscle pain
• Arthritis (joint pain, swelling, sometimes deformity)
• Dry/itchy skin
• Dry nose with crusting and infection
• Dry vagina, recurrent thrush
• Gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn, indigestion)
• Difficulty swallowing, alteration of taste
• Painful mouth with ulcers, recurrent oral candida
• Rampant tooth decay
• Hoarseness, cough

Swollen salivary glands – The 3 main glands being:

  • The Parotid glands, which sit in front of the lower part of each ear (they are the same glands that swell during mumps)
  • The Submandibular glands, which sit on the jaw bone (mandible) in the lower mid section of each cheek
  • The Sublingual glands, which are found under the tongue.

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Question: How long have you had Sjogren’s Syndrome? Please leave your comment below.

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6 thoughts on “What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?

  1. Marguerite Martin says:

    I may have this. I am seeing a doctor in a few wks i hope for answers. I’m losing weight i have terrible sores on my tongue i get a very red nose my hands are becoming deformed im in terrible pain all the time. I can’t feel my fingertips my hands feel like they are on fire and keep me up most the every night. I’m miserable.

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    • Brenda Mueller says:

      I’m so sorry to hear this Marguerite. I’m praying for you that it is not an autoimmune disorder and it is something the doctor can give you an answer and the proper treatment for. Please keep me posted.

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