Many people are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease every day. Autoimmune disease is when the body’s own immune system begins to attack it’s own tissues. Autoimmune diseases are very unpredictable and can cause life long damage to the body.
Every day, a person who suffers from an autoimmune disease faces an intensive battle in which the immune system is thinking it is fighting hard to protect you when in reality, it is destroying your cells, your tissue, and your health.
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease where our immune system fights against tissues and cells that produce mucous.. This affects all the moisture-secreting glands beginning with the eyes and mouth — resulting in decreased mucous and moisture such as tears and saliva.
Sjogren’s disease can happen any time, but seems to target those over 40 years old.
There could be other symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome present that are commonly found in those diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome such as….
- Persistent dry cough
- Swollen salivary glands – mainly the set that is located behind the jaw and in front of the ears.
- Prolonged fatigue
- Skin rashes or very dry skin
- Vaginal dryness
- Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
There is really no real known cause of Sjogren’s syndrome, but Scientists do feel there could be certain genes putting one at a higher risk. There does seem to be evidence of a triggering mechanism — such as a bacterial or viral infection that could set off this self immune attack.
Many researchers and functional health providers target the gut as a high suspecting cause of Sjogren’s syndrome. When there is an imbalance of the gut flora, one can be very vulnerable to the gut barrier breaking apart setting off a series of immune defense responses.
No matter what the cause, using a functional medicine for a personalized focus in the treatment will allow one to get to the root of the cause of the syndrome, once again putting your health back into balance.
If you would like more information on Sjogren’s Syndrome and how we can help you with a functional solution, book an appointment today and let’s sit down and discuss it!