Sjögren’s syndrome walkabout

Sjögren’s syndrome foundation's walkabout in Sarasota was a success.
Written by Dan Kusnetzky, Contributor

I enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the Sjögren’s syndrome foundation's first walkabout here in Sarasota. A great time was had by all and, more importantly, a substantial donation was given to support research into the disease.

My sister-in-law has been dealing with this disease for a while. From my observation, she's not having much fun at all.

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Here's what the foundation's website has to say about the disease:

Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which people’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Today, as many as four million Americans are living with this disease.

Although the hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth, Sjögren’s may also cause dysfunction of other organs such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. Patients may also experience extreme fatigue and joint pain and have a higher risk of developing lymphoma.

With upwards of 4,000,000 Americans suffering from Sjögren’s syndrome, it is one of the most prevalent autoimmune disorders. Nine out of 10 patients are women.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it might be wise to seek out a physician who has some experience in treating this disease to learn more about treatment options.

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