More Info on Sjogren's and Connective Tissue Disorders
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus causes joint and muscle pain, weakness, skin rashes, and, in more severe cases, heart, lung, kidney, and nervous system problems. As with RA, treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) depends on the symptoms and may include:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Other drugs
- High blood pressure medicine.
Vasculitits is an inflammation of the blood vessels, which then become scarred and too narrow for blood to get through to reach the organs. In people with Sjogren's syndrome, vasculitis tends to occur in those who also have Raynaud's phenomenon and lung and liver problems.
Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders
Autoimmune thyroid disorders are common with Sjogren's syndrome. They can appear as either the overactive thyroid of Graves' disease or the underactive thyroid of Hashimoto's. Nearly half of the people with autoimmune thyroid disorder also have Sjogren's syndrome, and many people with Sjogren's show evidence of thyroid disease.