What is Sjogren’s?

Sjögren’s (“SHOW-grins”) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body.  Along with symptoms of extensive dryness, other serious complications include profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas.

Symptoms

Symptoms vary from person to person but may include:

  • Dry, gritty or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Dry mouth, burning throat or peeling lips
  • Difficulty talking, chewing or swallowing
  • Sore or cracked tongue
  • Change in taste or smell
  • Increased dental decay
  • Joint pain
  • Vaginal and skin dryness
  • Digestive problems
  • Debilitating fatigue

We encourage you visit the Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation to become more knowledgeable about your condition.  The knowledge of your disorder helps you in understanding the disorder and its treatment.  Each person is different so what applies to one patient may not apply to another. Reading and understanding about your disorder will help you be better prepared to discuss the disorder with your physician and understand the options that are available to help you. These links are not connected to Albuquerque Center for Rheumatology and are offered for your information only.