Sjögren's (pronounced show grins) Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder. Like all autoimmune conditions, it attacks the body. Sjögren's focuses on attacking moisture producing glands such as tear ducts and salivary glands, but can affect moisture throughout the body.
As with other autoimmune conditions, symptoms include fatigue and chronic pain.
Symptoms that are unique to Sjögren's include parotid gland pain and dysfunction, chronic nosebleeds, dry eyes, and advanced tooth decay.
Sjögren's sufferers can also have digestive issues owing to the lack of moisture in the body.
With Sjögren's comes a lower quality of life, though most with the condition live as long as the average.
Some notable people who have the disorder include: Shannon Boxx, a U.S. Olympic soccer player; Carrie Ann Inaba, a singer and actress; Venus Williams, a world champion tennis player; Stephen McPhail, a professional soccer player; and the singer, Halsey.
If you want to read more about my own struggles with the condition, you can find those posts here.
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