Sjögren’s Syndrome & the Top 4 Reasons Why it is Difficult to Diagnose

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In our last article we shared a little bit about Sjögren’s Syndrome and Eye Eco’s long standing commitment to support the efforts of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, click here to read the article.

Although there are an estimated 4 million Americans affected by Sjögren’s Syndrome an estimated 2.5 million have not yet been diagnosed. Even though Sjögren’s Syndrome is considered common it is difficult to diagnose.

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Two of the top symptoms for Sjögren’s Syndrome are dry eye and dry mouth. Which makes sense when you consider that Sjögren’s is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the glands that are keep body parts hydrated and lubricated. Body parts like the tear ducts in the eyes and salivary glands in the mouth.

Why is Sjögren’s Syndrome Difficult to Diagnose?
Here Are the Top 4 Reasons

  • Signs and symptoms of the disease can vary from person to person
  • Systemic diseases remain veiled while other causes for symptoms are explored first
  • About 50% of the time Sjögren’s occurs in the presence of another autoimmune disease
  • Symptoms like dry eyes and dry mouth can be caused by a number of other factors (allergies, changes in medication, menopause, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and many more)
Besides dry eye and dry mouth other symptoms include joint pain, dry skin, and fatigue. For some, having Sjögren’s Syndrome means mild discomfort. For others, the symptoms can be a debilitating force in their daily lives.

The serious disease can also cause dysfunction of organs such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas and the central nervous system.

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Typically, after an investigation of symptoms and a series of tests, it is a rheumatologist who will diagnose Sjögren’s Syndrome. Rheumatologists are doctors who study conditions caused by inflammation. Most people think of inflammation in the joints, but rheumatologists also work with autoinflammatory diseases and many autoimmune diseases.

Early diagnosis of Sjögren’s Syndrome is important. Proper treatment can help prevent serious problems and can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life.

Tranquileyes®, the original Eye Eco product, was dreamt up after hearing about life experiences from people with Sjögren’s Syndrome. A natural, drug-free treatment that provides immediate and lasting relief from dry eyes. Eye Eco is proud of the impact our product has had in helping those with Sjögren’s manage their dry eye symptoms, but we don’t stop there.

 

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From the very beginning Eye Eco has contributed to the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation. We share their mission to research new treatments for the disease, and we support their goal to find a cure.

For additional information about Sjögren’s Syndrome and helpful resources for living with the disease visit www.sjogrens.org.

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