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Sjogren’s Syndrome, or Sicca

Fibro Daily January 9, 2013

Sjogren’s Syndrome, or Sicca, is a little known condition that affects some fibromyalgia patients. I found this info about Sjogren’s Syndrome related to fibromyalgia on Adrienne Dellwo’s blog:

Sjogren’s, also called sicca, is an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system is attacking your own tissues — in this case, those tissues are moisture-producing glands. The primary symptoms are dry eyes and mouth.

However, it also comes with chronic fatigue (the symptom, not the syndrome), and possibly painful inflammation of joints, muscles, nerves, organs or other parts of the body. In addition, other areas, such as the vagina and the skin, can be abnormally dry.

This dryness isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be a real health hazard. A chronically dry mouth can lead to oral infections, tooth decay, mouth pain and difficulty swallowing. Chronically dry eyes can develop ulcers.

When Sjogren’s overlaps with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, it can be hard to spot. The key is to pay attention to dryness and ask your doctor about a it. Sjogren’s is hard to diagnose, so expect an array of diagnostic efforts including an examination of your mouth and eyes, blood tests and possibly a biopsy of your salivary gland.

As mentioned above, it is true that sicca symptoms can be hard to spot. One does’t have to have fibromyalgia to have sicca, but it is common for a person to suffer from both conditions and some of the symptoms crossover. Also, if you have both conditions, your fibromyalgia can worsen if sicca doesn’t receive the proper treatment. Sicca treatments vary depending on the patient. Not every sicca patient presents the same symptoms.

And just so you know, Serena Williams suffers from sicca. It can strike anyone.

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