Indeed many people have only heard of it because Venus Williams suffers from Sjögren’s Syndrome.
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Welcome to the latest in our series of informational blog posts which look at different medical conditions
Today I’d like to focus on a condition called Sjogren’s syndrome.I first came across it a number of years ago when it was widely reported that Venus Williams, the Wimbledon winning tennis player, suffered from the condition.
So what actually is Sjogren’s syndrome? It is an autoimmune condition whereby the body’s immune system attacks those glands which can produce fluids. Examples of this include the saliva and tear glands.
It is worth noting that doctors see two types of Sjogren’s syndrome. Primary Sjogren’s syndrome when it is a “stand alone“ condition. And secondary Sjogren’s syndrome where it is combined with another autoimmune condition such as Lupus.
The condition is very common – with around 3% of us suffering from Sjogren’s syndrome. Interestingly 90% of people with Sjogren’s syndrome are women.
The main symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome are:-
a) Brain fog – and general cognitive issues.
b) Sinusitis and nose bleeds.
c) Dry mouth.
d) Tooth decay.
e) Difficulty chewing and swallowing.
f) Nerve pain especially in the limbs.
g) Dry eye. Eye infections are also common.
h) Vaginal dryness in women.
i) Gastrointestinal problems.
j) Bronchitis and pneumonia.
It you are in any way concerned about these symptoms and how they apply to you, it is vital you see your Doctor as soon as possible.
We are also very interested to hear from people who have suffered from Sjogren’s syndrome. It would be great if you could use the comments box below to share a bit more about your Sjogren’s syndrome journey. It might be useful for you to consider the following questions-
1) How long ago were you diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome?
2) What were your original symptoms?
3) How difficult was it to get a diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome? What tests were used?
4) What treatments have you received for Sjogren’s syndrome? How effective were these treatments?
5) What one piece of advice would you give to somebody who has just been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome?
Obviously we are interested in anything you have to say so these questions are really only a guide. Feel free to add any links you think will be of interest as well.