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My husband has been diagnose with Sjogrens syndrome and he

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My husband has been diagnose with Sjogrens syndrome and he gets incredibly tired, sore cold hands and repeated blephritis. What is the epected life of a patient with this Syndrome and will he end up in a wheelchair or disabled in a big way?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Customer:

Hi

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I am really sorry to know about your husband. The syndrome in itself rarely, if ever, shortens lifespan but it can cause major problems and symptoms like you mention.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

what medications is he on at the present moment?

Customer:

ok

Customer:

I cant remember name of meds but he is on an anti malaria medicatoin

Dr. Shahzad MD :

What kind of doctor is he following up with?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hydroxychloroquine I think he must be on.

Customer:

that sounds about right

Customer:

a specialist at hospital who annually review

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I think that since his symptoms are pretty severe right now he needs to be reviewed again by a rheumatologistl.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I do not think an annual review is sufficient.

Customer:

ok

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Repeated blepharitis is most likely due to dryness of the eyes which is something that happens in this syndrome.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

artificial tears should be used, which I think he must be using.

Customer:

yes he was told so

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Also dryness of the mouth is also something very common with this and artificial saliva should be used frequently.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Dryness of mouth is actually something that leads to ulcers.

Customer:

they were so severely hit with blephritis he had to attend hospital and I had to take him everywhere as he was unable to see

Customer:

he has several; drops

Dr. Shahzad MD :

He must use artificial tears very frequently and have it daily with hiim.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

He should try his level best not to let his eyes dry out.

Customer:

he does

Dr. Shahzad MD :

And if thats not working too well then he should get an appointment with his doctor sooner rather than later.

Customer:

ok

Customer:

the coldness he feels in his hands is troublesomer

Customer:

is it poor circulation

Dr. Shahzad MD :

yes could be poor circulation and could be a low thyroid level.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Has he had his thyroid levels checked.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I mean the thyroid hormones.

Customer:

yes not a problem

Dr. Shahzad MD :

ok good, then its most likely a bit of poor circulation.

Customer:

is there anything we should no about this condition

Customer:

know

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes please wait as I give you a good article to read for this problem.

Customer:

thanks

Dr. Shahzad MD :

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sjogrens-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20020275

Customer:

thanks

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You can read this wonderful article which will give you all the details in a simple layperson language that you need.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Any more questions?

Customer:

you have been very helpful

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Any more questions?

Customer:

no I don't think so thnaks

Dr. Shahzad MD :

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