Patient Comments: Sjögren's Syndrome - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with Sjögren's syndrome.

Published: July 21

I was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome due to dry mouth. I have some dry eyes, but it was the dry mouth that was the most uncomfortable. I have been taking Pilocarpine, which has made me feel almost normal until a couple of months ago. All of a sudden, my mouth went totally dry, my lips became swollen, cracked and bleeding. This is extremely difficult to deal with. I have seen two doctors and am waiting to see the rheumatologist. My sense of taste is distorted. I cannot tolerate any spice as it causes a strong burning sensation in my mouth. My mouth is very dry and has a burn in it almost all the time. The dryness is affecting my speech and the severely chapped lips are sore and embarrassing when they begin to bleed without any notice.

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Published: July 01

I was diagnosed three years ago with Sjogren's syndrome by a rheumatologist. I have never been a person who took medication until now. My doctor put me on Plaquenil to maintain inflammation, Evoxac three times a day for dry mouth, and Restasis eye drops twice a day. The Restasis takes at least 6 weeks until you still start feeling the relief from dry eyes. I also had tear duct plugs put in. I must say, my eyes are no longer red with pain, and my mouth has some relief. For once, I feel like a new person.

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Comment from: aw042634, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 13

My eye doctor does serum eye drops for me. They are very helpful for the dry eyes from Sjogren's syndrome.

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Comment from: Sobeya F, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I have been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome since about 7 months. But, I have had this for some time I know. I get severe itching all over my body especially my arms. This itch is spreading all over my body.

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Comment from: af36, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I have been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome and on Plaquenil for about 6 weeks. I have developed anxiety attacks and need to know what is a good medication with mild side effects to treat the anxiety that will not cause worsen my condition (cause dry mouth). I am currently on Xanax and don't want to keep taking it.

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Comment from: anu, Female (Caregiver) Published: April 22

Five years ago I found myself facing this Sjogren's disease. It was very difficult, if I didn"t have the will power to live I could not have been cured so today I'm sensitive to other people with this problem.

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Comment from: Lyla, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I wonder if anyone has had problem with their hearing that may be caused by Sjogren's syndrome. I lost most of my hearing and with no hope for a remedy. It has changed my life to such a degree I hardly have any social life at all and I can"t handle any business I have over the phone.

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Comment from: SS Info, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I was originally diagnosed with primary Sjogren"s syndrome by a rheumatologist but went on to get another 2 autoimmune diseases. I presume this means I now have secondary Sjogren"s.

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Comment from: Dale, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

I have advanced metastasized prostate cancer, which has gone outside the prostate, I also have CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy) and Sjogren's, and I am in pain all day and night long, my feet and legs feel like they are on fire, I am wondering if the prostate cancer has spread into the lymph nodes since they are outside the prostate.

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