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LUPUS &  SJOGREN'S SYNDROME

These two autoimmune conditions seem to occur together quite often. In Systemic Lupus Erythematosus SLE) antibodies attack multiple organs, commonly the joints, skin, kidneys, brain, lungs and heart. Fatigue can be the most debilitating aspect of SLE and Sjogren's

According to the American College Of Rheumatology, at least four of the following eleven criteria are present for Lupus to be diagnosed:

1) Malar Rash: A butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose

2) Skin Rash: Raised and red (also burning in my experience)

3) Photosensitivity: Strong reaction to sunlight, causing rash or flare-up

4) Mouth or nose sores

5) Arthritis in two or more joints

6) Cardio-pulmonary involvement: Inflammation of the heart and/or lung linings

7) Neurological disorders: seizures and/or psychosis

8) Kidney involvement: increased protein or red blood cell clumps in urine

9) Blood disorder: anemia, low white blood cell or platelet count

10) Lab tests showing increased autoimmune activity : antibodies against normal tissue

11) Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test.

For Sjogren's Syndrome to be diagnosed two of the following three criteria are required:

1) Anti SSA and/or Anti SSB antibodies in the blood

2) Rheumatoid Factor

3) Positive Antinuclear antibodies in the blood.

Many Sjogren's patients experience dryness of mucous membranes of the eyes and mouth.

Some of the above criteria for lupus and Sjogren's overlap