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Fibro's get other ailments
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Lyle Anderson - January 19

We've had some postings on FM and Gulf War disease and on Raynaud's disease so I thought I'd post my response to both in a separate string. I went to the doc yesterday and the nurse also has fibro. She told me about recent literature and other diseases we are likely to get. We can get Raynaud's disease---she has it---that's where the blood vessels constrict and your fingers or toes get really cold. Gulf War is supposed to be a lot like FM and there's also Sjögren's syndrome. I ggogled this "Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own moisture producing glands. Sjögren's is one of the most prevalent autoimmune disorders, striking as many as 4,000,000 Americans. Nine out of ten patients are women. The average age of onset is late 40s although Sjögren's occurs in all age groups in both women and men.

About 50% of the time Sjögren's syndrome occurs alone, and 50% of the time it occurs in the presence of another connective tissue disease. The four most common diagnoses that co-exsist with Sjögren's syndrome are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis (scleroderma) and Polymyositis/Dermatomyositis. Sometimes researchers refer to the first type as "Primary Sjögren's" and the second as "Secondary Sjögren's." All instances of Sjögren's syndrome are systemic, affecting the entire body.

The hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth. Sjögren's may also cause dryness of other organs, affecting the kidneys, GI tract, blood vessels, lung, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. Many patients experience debilitating fatigue and joint pain. Symptoms can plateau, worsen, or go into remission. While some people experience mild symptoms, others suffer debilitating symptoms that greatly impair their quality of life."

Point is either we get lots of other things or FM is a constellation of other things to begin with. Either way, we should keep track of all our symptoms because who knows what obscure disease we contracted due to the FM.

 

BRENDA - January 21

Lyle, thanks for this info!! I have FMS, lupus, Grave's diesease & have been experencing the symptoms like the one's you describe here! These symptoms of... dry mouth & eyes (I wear contacts) are SO very annoying!! I have also been having symptoms of scleroderma. Where did you get this info? I will do more research! THANKS

 

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