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While many patients experience dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue and joint pain, Sjögren's can also cause dysfunction of organs such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. Patients also have a higher chance of developing lymphoma.

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Symptoms vary from person to person but may include:

  • Neurological problems, concentration/memory-loss, dysautonomia, headaches
  • Dry eyes, corneal ulcerations and infections
  • Dry nose, recurrent sinusitis, nosebleeds
  • Dry mouth, mouth sores, dental decay, difficulty with chewing, speech, taste and dentures
  • A change in taste or smell
  • Dry or peeling lips
  • Dry or burning throat
  • Swollen, painful parotid/salivary glands
  • Difficulty swallowing, heartburn, reflux, esophagitis
  • Recurrent bronchitis, interstitial lung disease, pneumonia
  • Interstitial nephritis, renal tubular acidosis, glomerulonephritis
  • Respiratory issues like shortness of breath, cough
  • Stomach upset, gastroparesis, autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Abnormal liver function tests, chronic active autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable bowel, autoimmune gastrointestinal dysmotility
  • Arthritis, joint/muscle pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy, Raynaud's
  • Vaginal Dryness, vulvodynia
  • Fatigue, vasculitis, lymphoma
  • Inability to focus or 'brain fog'
  • Skin sensitivity to UV light

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