Sjögren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases feature the abnormal production of extra antibodies in the blood directed against various tissues of the body, which tends to lead to inflammation. The hallmark symptom of Sjögren's syndrome is generalized dryness, typically xerostomia (dry mouth) and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes), known as sicca symptoms. Sjögren's syndrome may cause skin, nose and vaginal dryness and may affect other organs of the body, including the kidneys, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, peripheral nervous system or brain.
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General Discussion about topics related to Sjogren's Syndrome
We know you have a million questions. This section is to help you answer a few. Please don’t hesitate to ask your questions though. These are short articles written by experienced Sjogrens patients on range of topics for the newly diagnosed or those in process of being diagnosed. They are not highly technical, we leave that to others nor are they intended to be all-inclusive. We will be adding more so please come back often.
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Welcome to the Complementary Therapies forum! This is the place to discuss the array of complementary healing modalities that many of us rely on to help us live healthier lives with Sjogrens. Whether you're looking to do more to promote your own health while undergoing medical treatment, or are waiting to get medical treatment and are looking to do what you can to feel better in the meantime, this is the place to post your questions and information. We will discuss everything from acupuncture to nourishing our bodies, minds, and spirits. For some, treatment of the disease means more than evidence based medication alone - this is the place to discuss healing modalities that can complement medical treatment.
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This is the place to post links to scientific readings which enhance our understanding of Sjogrens and treatments for it. Not all the articles listed here have their roots in evidence-based research, nor have they been directly or indirectly peer-reviewed. Even peer-reviewed and evidence-based, articles and even studies don't always represent "fact". Articles and studies are largely the way scientists communicate ideas and opinions. They are a great basis for discussion and learning but rarely should they be the basis for medical decisions. If you post a link, please state the topic of the article in the subject line. If you are posting more than one article, make separate posts for each.
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