Sjogren’s syndrome – the Symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome
Sjögren’s syndrome

The most commonly reported symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome are a dry mouth and eyes, which can lead to other associated symptoms.

However, these symptoms can be common in old age, and most people with dry eyes or a dry mouth do not have Sjögren’s syndrome.

Many women also experience vaginal dryness, which can make sex painful.

Associated symptoms of dry mouth

dry mouth can lead to:

tooth decay and gum disease

dry cough

difficulty swallowing and chewing

hoarse voice

difficulty speaking

swollen salivary glands (located between your jaw and ears)

repeated fungal infections in the mouth (oral thrush) – symptoms of which can include a coated or white tongue

Associated symptoms of dry eyes

Dry eyes can lead to:

burning or stinging eyes

itchy eyes

a feeling that there’s grit in your eyes

irritated and swollen eyelids

sensitivity to light (photophobia)

tired eyes

mucus discharge from your eyes

These symptoms can get worse when you’re:

in a windy or smoky environment

in an air-conditioned building

travelling on aeroplane

Other symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome

In more serious cases of Sjögren’s syndrome, the immune system can attack other parts of the body, causing symptoms and conditions such as:

dry skin

tiredness and fatigue – which are common and can lead to total exhaustion

muscle pain

joint pain, stiffness and swelling

vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)

difficulty concentrating, remembering and reasoning

Sjogren’s Syndrome Awareness Butterfly – please like and share


Sjogren’s Syndrome
Sjogren’s Syndrome

Donne Spencer has produced this brilliant Sjogren’s Syndrome Awareness Butterfly. Please like and share to help us raise awareness of Sjogren’s Syndrome. To find out more about Sjogren’s Syndrome and the early signs and symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome please go our previous blog post on the subject here.

There you can read the stories of people who have been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome.


Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month – April is Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month


This month is Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month.

Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune condition which affects around 1% of the population.  You can find out more about it’s signs and symptoms at our previous post – http://patienttalk.org/tag/symptoms-of-sjogrens-syndrome/.

Indeed many people have only heard of it because Venus Williams suffers from Sjögren’s Syndrome.

To show our support for Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month and to help raise awareness for the month we have produce the picture below.  It would be great if you could like and share it to help us promote Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month.

Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month
Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month


Sjogren’s Syndrome – what are the early signs and symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome? Share your Sjogren’s Syndrome story!

Sjogren’s Syndrome
Sjogren’s Syndrome
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.

 

Many thanks in advance.