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    hello to everybody, my name is sabrina and well, I am not the one who is suffering from lupus, my mother is. I am from argentina but I am at the moment in the USA. My mother was diagnosed with lupus 20 years ago when I was only one year old. At first, none of the doctors that she contacted could help her figure out what was going on with her, until one day one of them said: "ok I think this is lupus". So she went under hundreds of tests in order to find the right drug for her. She has been taking cortisone and deltisone for 20 years. The disease didn't flare for almost 18 years, until one day that she started to have certain pain in her right wrist. Now she can barely move her right hand. Few months ago, doctors diagnosed her with the sjogren syndrome. She does not produce saliva, so she has to take prescribed drops in order to feel better, but at the same time these drops make her fell drowsy. It is a pleasure for me to have joint to this group, I hope that you can help me help my mother and thank you all of you to be here.
    do you think this sjogren syndrome has something to do with lupus?
    thank you very much and I hope to hear from you soon.
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    Sagries;
    Sjorgren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which immune cells attack and destroy the glands that produce tears and saliva producing dry mouth and dry eyes.
    Sjoren's syndrome occurs in two ways;
    1. Primary - by itself and not associated with any other disease.
    2. Secondary - occurs with rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS, polymyositis and some forms of scleroderma.
    Sjogren's syndrome can also cause problems in other parts of the body, including the joints, lungs, muscles, kidneys, nerves, thyroid glands, liver, pancreas, stomach and brain. It may also cause skin, nose, and vaginal dryness and, in very rare cases, may cause blindness.
    for more detailed information - go the the Lupus Foundation of America's web site: www.lupus.org/education/brochures/sjogren
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    Thank you so much for your information, it was very helpful. I'd like to hear form people who have experienced this disease in particular so that I can learn more about it. do you think someone in this forum knows something about it. Do you know if it is some cure for this syndome or what kind of medication is better to at least relieve the pain?
    sorry that I am bombarding you with so many questions but I am new to this and I really don't know any other way to do it.
    What is your case? I mean... you have lupus, don'y you?
    thank you very much for everything. I hope you are ok.
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    Thank you so much for your information, it was very helpful. I'd like to hear form people who have experienced this disease in particular so that I can learn more about it. do you think someone in this forum knows something about it. Do you know if it is some cure for this syndome or what kind of medication is better to at least relieve the pain?
    sorry that I am bombarding you with so many questions but I am new to this and I really don't know any other way to do it.
    What is your case? I mean... you have lupus, don'y you?
    thank you very much for everything. I hope you are ok.
    sabrina

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    Sagries; How is your mother doing? Sorry you did not get any response from anyone suffering from Sjorgren's - I guess no one else has that illness.
    Hope that all is well
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    hi there I thought I would drop you a line I have sjogren's and suffer from a very dry mouth as well. The medication that my doctor has me on is Evoxac it's a capsule that works wonders at least for me it has been my new best friend, not as many mouth sores from cotton mouth so it might be worth mentioning it wouldn't hurt! Take care!
    Beth

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