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How Does Sjogren S Syndrome Affect The Quality Of Life?

My granddaughter was diagnosed with lupus-sjogren s disease two days ago. She is only 26 years old. What can we expect as far as any treatment, meds, possible cure, prospects of having children, etc.?? I want to be informed as a grandparent so I can afford the best possible outcome possible. Lupus-sjogren s disease doesn t define her, she is a competent adult who happens to have this disease!!
Wed, 19 Sep 2018
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Hi,

This is an autoimmune disease and it attacks the body's own cells and tissues. It targets tear glands and glands that make the saliva, triggering swallowing difficulty. It damages other organs (thyroid, liver, joints, nerves, etc) later, get her treated well.

She should be encouraged and well supported both emotionally and psychologically to cope up with the symptoms (discomfort, dryness, pain, fatigue, depression). Generally, these patients experience a decreased quality of life. You can take care of the quality of life and not let it get compromised (psychosocial life).

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Nupur K,
General & Family Physician
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How Does Sjogren S Syndrome Affect The Quality Of Life?

Hi, This is an autoimmune disease and it attacks the body s own cells and tissues. It targets tear glands and glands that make the saliva, triggering swallowing difficulty. It damages other organs (thyroid, liver, joints, nerves, etc) later, get her treated well. She should be encouraged and well supported both emotionally and psychologically to cope up with the symptoms (discomfort, dryness, pain, fatigue, depression). Generally, these patients experience a decreased quality of life. You can take care of the quality of life and not let it get compromised (psychosocial life). Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Nupur K, General & Family Physician