Have you ever heard of Sjogren’s syndrome? Most people will say no – and yet it’s suspected to be a very common condition that can affect as much as four million people in America alone; that leads us to assume that worldwide statistics are even more and that the number could be even higher if more people were to realize that they suffered from Sjogren’s. Some of the more common symptoms can include dry eyes and dry mouth, but that’s not all Sjogren’s effects in the body. If you’ve ever experienced any of these symptoms on this list, it could be time to visit your doctor and take this list along – the symptoms you have been experiencing might very well be due to Sjogren’s.
1. What is Sjogren’s
First off, let’s talk about just what Sjogren’s syndrome is: It is most commonly described as being an autoimmune disorder whereby the body attacks primarily the glands that produce the body’s “moisture” – which is what leads to the most common symptoms people experience when they think they might have Sjogren’s: The dry eyes and mouth that we’ve already talked about here – and will go on to describe in a little more detail later on in this article.
Sjogren’s affects your immune system first, and it might go hand in hand with some other autoimmune disorders like arthritis, vasculitis, and other connective tissue disorders. There are many people who have Sjogren’s and have no idea that they do – if you fit some of these symptoms then you should visit your doctor as soon as you can with this list so that you can be treated and have a better quality of life.