Sjögren’s Syndrome is currently the only autoimmune antibody that has come back positive. I want to give you a quick background on the disease, but there’s not much to tell. What I am experience far exceeds Sjögren’s, which is why we are still searching for answers. However, I am experiencing some of these symptoms and will continue to later in life.
What is Sjögren’s?
In my house, we call it “shoshin shyndrome”. When I was diagnosed, I didn’t know how to pronounce it when I called my parents so I went with that. Keeps us smiling and laughing over at the Chambers’ house. So feel free to ask me how I’m doing with shoshin shyndrome next time you see me.
Sjögren’s is an autoimmune disease that attacks the moisture-producing glands in the body. The hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth, however, like other autoimmune diseases, it is not limited to this part of the body and can affect everyone differently. Because it is a disease of the immune system as a whole, it can progress to cause damage to vital organs such as the kidneys, intestines, and liver.
Conventionally, doctors tell me it’s going to be forever and I will be prescribed immunosuppressive drugs to help “manage” the disease. On the functional medicine side, I am told to drink lots of water, supplement with Omega 3s to reduce my inflammation and keep my tissues moisturized, and use eye drops. The eye drops are working well for me and I just got a prescription for a mild immunosuppressive drug that should hopefully help get me off these steroids in a couple of weeks. My goal is to be able to wane off that medication one day once I get my body all cleaned up and inflammation free.