April is almost done so before I forget I need to do my annual post about Sjogren’s Awareness Month.
Sjogren’s is pronounced SHOW-grins. It is a chronic autoimmune diseases which affects the moisture producing glands. It causes dry eyes and dry mouth, but has other symptoms that can be serious. The best place to learn about Sjogren’s Syndrome and how to live with it is the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation in my opinion. They also raise money for research and legislation to help people with Sjogren’s.
This illustration (from Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation) portrays the many ways that Sjogren’s can affect your body:
Often when you have been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, you have other connective tissue disorders also. That is the case with me.
There is no cure for Sjogren’s but there are many treatments available. Be sure to find a doctor that is your partner and treats you as a whole person since there are so many body symptoms that can be involved. Often a rheumatologist, an opthamologist and dentist are your primary doctors.
Please feel free to leave a comment about Sjogren’s Syndrome. I’m not a doctor, but I’m a person living with this disease.