Patients tend to worry when they learn you have a lifelong disease, such as Sjorgren’s Syndrome, which will need regular treatments. These patients should keep in mind that the majority of people diagnosed with the syndrome never experience serious symptoms. Most should be able to continue about their normal lives, with treatment.
What is Sjorgren’s Syndrome?
Sjogren’s Syndrome is a disorder which typically appears during middle adulthood. One of the main features of this disorder are dry mouth and eyes. It is described as an autoimmune disorder, much like psoriatic arthritis, where the immune system begins attacking its own tissue and organs. Autoimmune disorders make your body go “out of whack”. It begins attacking healthy cells, instead of the ones which are invading bacteria and viruses. White blood cells begin attacking the glands in charge of producing moisture.
Symptoms of Sjorgren’s Syndrome
- Dry mouth and eyes. Eyes may feel as though they have sand in them.
- Other possible symptoms include:
- A constant dry cough
- Pain, swelling or stiffness in the joints
- Skin rashes caused from dryness
- Swollen salivary glands
- Vaginal dryness
As discussed, Sjogren’s Syndrome symptoms often involve dryness of the mouth and eyes. This has the ability to make the patient more susceptible to cavities in the mouth due to dryness. It is possible to also develop thrush, a yeast infection of the mouth. Also, dryness of the eyes could lead to blurred vision, light sensitivity and corneal damage.
Although there is no cure for Sjorgren’s Syndrome, there are treatment plans our doctors at Arthritis Consultants of East Tennessee can help set in place for you. We use typically use the following treatments (depending on how severe your case is):
- Chew sugarless gum to help your salivary glands produce saliva
- Medically prescribed artificial tears
- CBD Oils
- Systematic treatments where your doctor suppresses the body’s immune system.
Most importantly, you need to be seen regularly by your specialist to make sure your treatment plan is working properly for you. This will also help to prevent further complications from the disorder.
Contact East Tn Arthritis
Arthritis Consultants of East Tennessee specializes in rheumatologic care, which is the practice of assessing joints, muscles, and bones for pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. Contact us or call 865-503-2001 today to find out how we can help you get your life back on track.