Sjogren’s Syndrome Often Mis-Diagnosed

Results from a recent survey of 400 Sjogren’s syndrome patients showed that half of those surveyed experienced common symptoms such as dry mouth or dry eyes for three or more years before receiving an accurate diagnosis from a healthcare professional.

Half of patients with Sjogren’s had experienced very common symptoms for 3 or more years before they finally received an accurate diagnosis.  These common symptoms include dry mouth or dry eye syndrome.  

The reason may be that these symptoms are quite similar to other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupis, and simply getting older.

Reported: Michael Brennan, DDS, MHS, Director, Sjogren’s Syndrome and Salivary Disorders Center, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.

Editor’s Notes: Supplementing with certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help reduce the symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome