Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects more then 4 million people world wide. Nine of ten affected are women. It is a chronic illness where the white blood cells attack the moisture producing glands, and mucous membranes of the body. The chief complaint of Sjogren’s is dry eyes, and dry mouth. Though the entire body is affected.
You can suffer from primary Sjogren’s that usually affects a person in there 40′s. You can also suffer from secondary Sjorgren’s that is paired with another autoimmune illness, such as lupus, scleroderma, or another connective tissue disease. This is a serious disease. There can be significate complications including loss of vision, tooth decay, and as much as a 44x higher rate of lymphoma.
There are some lovely information organizations online. The first one I visited Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation has information about the disease, how to live with it, how to follow up and treat the symptoms. They have an updated list of replacement lubricants.
I also visited Sjogren’s World This is a support and information organization. You can find forums, e-pals, articles. In fact under the links section I found a Very accurate description of what I am going through. Lynne’s page about Sjogren’s syndrome this link is to her story.
I am awaiting the results of my CT scan upon doing research I think it highly likely my lumps along my jaw may be directly related to Sjogren’s. I will find out later this week. Thank you everyone for your prayers and God bless!