In the spring of 2017 after month's of joint pain, fatigue, dry eyes, and a chronic sore throat I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome.
Sjögren’s (“SHOW-grins”) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Along with symptoms of extensive dryness, other serious complications include profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas.
Although many patients experience dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue and joint pain, Sjögren’s also cause dysfunction of organs such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. Patients also have a higher risk of developing lymphoma. Today, as many as four million Americans are living with this disease.
I've started a gluten free lifestyle and exercise at least 6 hours a week to help with the inflammation. I'm just starting this journey but am determined to not let the symptoms bring me down.