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Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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  • Aches all over my body

  • Cold fingers/toes

  • Burning joint pain

  • Raynaud's

  • Swelling in the area under my right ribs

  • Joint has heat

  • Discoloration of the fingers

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What is Sjogren Syndrome?

An autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the organs that produce tears and saliva, resulting in dry eyes and dry mouth. In some cases, internal organs can also be gradually affected. Disease severity is highly variable.

Typical Symptoms of Sjogren Syndrome

  • Pain across the entire body

  • Fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red when in the cold

  • Joints feel warm

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Right hypochondriac region swelling

  • Swelling below the ear/s

  • Experience of reduced tear production

  • Hair loss

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Sjogren Syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Do you have body-wide pain?

  • Do your fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red color in the cold?

  • Are your joints hot?

  • Do you have bloodshot (red) eyes?

  • Is the area near your ear swollen?

Treatmentof Sjogren Syndrome

Treatment aims to keep the eyes and mouth moist, preventing further damage to those organs protected by saliva and tears. This is done through regular eye drops and sprays. Some patients may also experience joint pains or rashes; these symptoms can be managed with anti-inflammatory medicine and creams.

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References

  • Ramos-Casals M, Brito-Zerón P, Sisó-Almirall A, Bosch X. Primary Sjogren syndrome. BMJ. 2012 Jun 14;344:e3821. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e3821. PMID: 22700787.

    https://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3821

  • Fox RI. Sjögren's syndrome. Lancet. 2005 Jul 23-29;366(9482):321-31. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(05)66990-5. PMID: 16039337.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16039337/#:~:text=Sj%C3%B6gren's%20syndrome%20is%20a%20chronic,infiltrates%20of%20the%20affected%20glands.

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Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Kaito Nakamura, MD

Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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