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Sjogren’s Syndrome Signs and Symptoms

Sjogren’s Syndrome is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder in which the immune system produces autoantibodies that attack the tear, salivary and other moisture-producing glands, causing excessive dryness to the eyes and mucous membranes of the body. Nine out of ten people with Sjogren’s are females between the ages of 40 and 50. Sjogren’s Syndrome often accompanies other autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma.  We have put together a list of signs and symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome are as follows:

  • dry eyes and dry mouth
  • sensitivity to light, smoke and fumes
  • difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • recurrent cavities
  • sore mouth
  • dry cough
  • eye pain
  • reduced tears
  • joint and muscle pain
  • morning stiffness
  • increased thirst
  • nausea and stomach pain
  • great fatigue
  • enlarged salivary glands
  • itchy, sandy feeling in the eyes
  • burning sensation in the eyes
  • visual disturbance in the eyes
  • increased thirst
  • frequent infections
  • numbness or coldness in the hands and feet



Diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome

The key test for Sjogren’s Syndrome is called the Schirmer test, which measures the level of tears in the eyes.  Other useful tests include tests for anemia, antisalivary duct antibodies, rheumatoid factor, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESRs).

While the majority of cases affect the tear ducts, salivary glands and vagina, other mucous membranes that can become dried out include the windpipe and gastrointestinal tract.


Recommended – Test for Heavy Metals and Mineral Imbalances using Hair Tissue Analysis

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including Sjogren’s syndrome.

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Books for People With Symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome:

The New Sjogren’s Syndrome Handbook (Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation)
Daniel J. Wallace
The Sjogren’s Syndrome Survival Guide
Teri P. Rumpf


Positive Options for Sjogren’s Syndrome: Self-Help and Treatment (Positive Options Series)
Sue Dyson
Medifocus Guidebook on: Sjogren’s Syndrome
Inc. Medifocus.com

What Causes Sjogren’s Syndrome?

  • Viral Infections Including Herpes, Retroviruses, Cytomegalovirus, Eptein-Barr, and Herpes Virus Type 6
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Wearing Contact Lenses
  • Smoking Tobacco or Marijuana

Why Detoxification is Important?

If there is one thing that seems to be true, it is that autoimmune disease patients have a toxic body. The more discomfort you are in, the more pain you are feeling, the sicker and more toxic you are. Inflammation and irritation are classic signs of a toxic body. Although environmental toxins are not the only cause of the autoimmune process, it may be what is the root cause of the other factors such as candida, viral or bacterial infections.



Sjogren’s Syndrome Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation

Information about the foundation and its membership as well as explanation of this disease, links and news and events.

http://www.sjogrens.org/

  • About . com

Information on the cause, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment of Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s syndrome is a disease characterized by dryness, most commonly of the eyes and mouth.

http://arthritis.about.com/od/sjogrens/Sjogrens_Syndrome_Cause_Diagnosis_Symptoms_Treatment.htm

  • Sjogren’s World

A worldwide Internet Community created for those who have Sjogren’s Syndrome. It is a place for all to meet and share experiences and knowledge with others who live with Sjogren’s in order to improve quality of life. The loneliness and isolation that often accompanies living with this debilitating disease need not be.

http://sjogrensworld.org/

  • MD Junction

Sjogren’s Syndrome Forums. Discussions, Q&A and friends dealing with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/sjogrens-syndrome-discussions

  • Experience Project

Anonymously connect with people who share your experiences– like those who say ‘I Have Sjogren’s Syndrome’. Read hundreds of true stories, share your own story anonymously, get feedback and comments, chat in the discussion forum, help others, meet new friends, and so much more– all free.

http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Have-Sjogrens-Syndrome/21474



Medical Resources

  • Medicine Net . com

Sjogren’s syndrome causes symptoms that include arthritis, dry eyes and mouth. Read about Sjogren’s syndrome treatment , diagnosis, medications, and signs.

http://www.medicinenet.com/sjogrens_syndrome/article.htm

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this autoimmune disorder.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sjogrens-syndrome/DS00147

  • Web MD

Learn about Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes symptoms like dry mouth and dry eyes.

http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/arthritis-sjogrens-syndrome

  • Medicine Net . com

Sjogren’s syndrome causes symptoms that include arthritis, dry eyes and mouth. Read about Sjogren’s syndrome treatment , diagnosis, medications, and signs.

http://www.medicinenet.com/sjogrens_syndrome/page2.htm


Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation

Information about the foundation and its membership as well as explanation of this disease, links and news and events.

http://www.sjogrens.org/

About . com

Information on the cause, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment of Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s syndrome is a disease characterized by dryness, most commonly of the eyes and mouth.

http://arthritis.about.com/od/sjogrens/Sjogrens_Syndrome_Cause_Diagnosis_Symptoms_Treatment.htm

Sjogren’s World

A worldwide Internet Community created for those who have Sjogren’s Syndrome. It is a place for all to meet and share experiences and knowledge with others who live with Sjogren’s in order to improve quality of life. The loneliness and isolation that often accompanies living with this debilitating disease need not be.

http://sjogrensworld.org/

MD Junction

Sjogren’s Syndrome Forums. Discussions, Q&A and friends dealing with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/sjogrens-syndrome-discussions

Experience Project

Anonymously connect with people who share your experiences– like those who say ‘I Have Sjogren’s Syndrome’. Read hundreds of true stories, share your own story anonymously, get feedback and comments, chat in the discussion forum, help others, meet new friends, and so much more– all free.

http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Have-Sjogrens-Syndrome/21474

Medical Resources

Medicine Net . com

Sjogren’s syndrome causes symptoms that include arthritis, dry eyes and mouth. Read about Sjogren’s syndrome treatment , diagnosis, medications, and signs.

http://www.medicinenet.com/sjogrens_syndrome/article.htm

Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this autoimmune disorder.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sjogrens-syndrome/DS00147

Web MD

Learn about Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes symptoms like dry mouth and dry eyes.

http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/arthritis-sjogrens-syndrome

Medicine Net . com

Sjogren’s syndrome causes symptoms that include arthritis, dry eyes and mouth. Read about Sjogren’s syndrome treatment , diagnosis, medications, and signs.

http://www.medicinenet.com/sjogrens_syndrome/page2.htm