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April Is Sjogren’s Awareness Month

Posted by Connie on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 11:24 pm and is filed under Chronic Illness, DisABILITY Advocate.
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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:

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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.

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  1. It is the overarching disease process that ties all or my symptoms together.According to the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, April is Sjogren’s Syndrome Awareness Month and on this day they run various event with the purpose that creates the awareness about this disease.

    comment by Rhinoplasty — May 5, 2010 @ 5:59 am
  2. Have been newly diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome…looking to converse with another on treatments and life style changes they have found to help with the painful.
    .-= barbiturate abuse´s last blog ..Pot For Pennies – How to Grow Your Own Pot =-.

    comment by barbiturate abuse — July 22, 2010 @ 2:17 am

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