A Body Out of Balance: Understanding the Treating Sjögren's Syndrome

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Penguin, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 184 pages
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One of the most common yet underrecognized autoimmune and rheumatological disorders.  Sjögren's (pronounced SHOW-grens) syndrome, or SjS, affects more people than rheumatoid arthritis and lupus combined.  Difficult to diagnose, SjS is characterized by symptoms that shift almost daily, usually beginning with vague discomforts such as dry eyes and dry mouth, then advancing to more severe concerns such as joint pain and swollen glands.  A Body Out of Balance provides a comprehensive guide to the wide array of symptoms, traditional and complementary treatments, and invaluable coping methods, so patients may devise a personal treatment plan.  Co written by a woman living with the disease and by a physician who has treated countless SjS patients, this indispensable resource will enhance awareness and demystify this often-misunderstood disorder.

 

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"Having SjS is a bit like having a demanding, exacting, unpredictable but needy two-year-old in your life-forever nagging for your attention," writes Fremes, leader of a Sjogren's Syndrome (SjS ... Read full review

Contents

Understanding Sjogrens Syndrome
1
Discovering a Diagnosis
17
You Your Doctor Sjogrens Syndrome
31
Dry Eyes
44
Mouth Nose and Throat
63
Extraglandular Involvement
76
Pain and Fatigue
93
Special Considerations
101
Medications for Sjogrens Syndrome
120
Nutrition and Autoimmune Disorders
135
Complementary Medicine
145
Afterword
155
Clinical Guidelines for Oral Treatment and Dental Caries Prevention in Patients with Chronic Dry Mouth
157
Resources
165
Notes
174
Index
180

The Emotional Toll of Chronic Disease
110

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Ruth Fremes, M.A., the author of nine books on health and nutrition and is the leader of a Sjögren's Syndrome support group.

Nancy Carteron, M.D., is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology in San Francisco. Her extensive research on autoimmunity has appeared in numerous medical journals and publications.

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