07-15-2005, 05:01 PM
Does anyone have any information about sojourn diease or know of a link that I can read about it?
07-16-2005, 12:33 PM
Do you maybe mean sjogren's? dry eye, dry mouth? If so, many of us with lupus also have varying levels of it.
Here's a bit from WebMD
Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic disorder that causes insufficient moisture production in certain glands of the body. It occurs when a person's normally protective immune system attacks and destroys moisture-producing glands, including salivary glands and tear glands. The lungs, bowel and other organs are less often affected.
Sjögren's syndrome is named after the Swedish eye doctor, Henrik Sjögren, who first described the condition.
Sjögren's syndrome may cause the following symptoms:
Extremely dry eyes causing a feeling of grit or sand in the eyes or a burning redness
Extremely dry mouth and throat causing difficulty with chewing and swallowing, decreased sense of taste, difficulty speaking, an increase in dental cavities, and dry cough or hoarseness
Enlarged parotid glands (located at the angle of jaw) and sometimes infection of the these glands
Aches and pains in muscles and joints
Less common features of Sjögren's syndrome are:
Irritation of the nerves in the arms, hands, legs or feet (neuropathy)
Thyroid gland abnormalities
Memory loss or confusion
Numbness or tingling
Inflammation of the lungs, kidneys, liver or pancreas
Cancer of the lymphatic tissue (occurs in less than 1% of patients)
What Causes Sjögren's Syndrome?
Normally, the immune system (the body's defense against invaders) protects the body from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.
In autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren's syndrome, the immune system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. This inflammatory response causes the body's white blood cells to attack and destroy certain moisture-producing glands.
... and it goes on from there.