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).
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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