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When I first found out that I had Sjogren’s Syndrome I wanted to learn everything about it and how to get better. I searched the internet to learn the basics and for everything written about Sjogren’s. The hope of getting better has been dashed over the last two years.

My symptoms have gotten worse: dry eyes, blurred vision, eye pain, joint pain, and dry mouth. My trips to the dentist were filled with misery, because my teeth are cracking, crumbling, and decaying at a rapid pace. The lack of saliva in my mouth from Sjogren’s is costing me thousands of dollars in crowns.

Visits to the rheumatologist don’t bring any relief. I’ve been on Plaquenil for two years, but there has been no improvment. What else can I try to help my body fight this awful auto-immune disease?

I found this book on Amazon, A Body Out of Balance: Understanding and Treating Sjogren’s Syndrome. This book is the perfect read for newly diagnosed Sjogren’s patients.

Starting with an explanation of autoimmunity, this book covers all the basics. Because autoimmunity throws the body out of balance, it’s in a “constant state of conflict”. The author makes everything very clear.

There is a specific symptom chart and discussion of how a patient is clinically diagnosed. Sjogren’s can be very similar to Lupus, but the tests show how Sjogren’s is the culprit for all the patient’s health woes. Sjogren’s is a systemic disease.

Because it’s a systemic disease, it can prove to attack any organs or body systems. The book goes through each system in the body and explains how Sjogren’s can cause illness and pain.

Treatments are explained much better than the doctor does. Each drug is thoroughly reviewed and dosages are discussed. Even natural home remedies are provided. I’ve learned much about this and hope to question my rheumatologist at my next appointment.

Nutritional needs are covered in one chapter, and complementary medicine is also reviewed. This comprehensive book is definitely the handbook I’ve needed ever since my diagnosis.

If you are looking for a Sjogren’s guide, A Body Out Of Balance is perfect. I’ll be keeping it handy to reference all my symptoms, treatments, and dosages.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This review offers my opinions only. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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  1. This sounds like a really good resource for learning more about Sjogrens. I also have a chronic illness and although I do not take anything for it, I am increasingly worried that I am doing the wrong thing for my overall health.

    1. It covers things well and I learned a lot.

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