Sjögren’s real lives

Sjögren’s real lives

Judith Falconer*

After reaching my 40s, I noticed my eyes were becoming increasingly dry, something I put down to long hours at the computer. Then around 50 I developed a very dry mouth as well. At the time I was working hard to establish a new company based on technology transfer.

In August 2005 I started developing symptoms of what was later diagnosed as lupus, including the classic eye-mask rash, and shoulder pain.

It took nearly 18 months to get a diagnosis of lupus with central nervous system involvement, and of Sjögren’s syndrome. My family doesn't have a strong history of autoimmune disease, although my sister had severe excema and asthma. I now know autoimmune diseases are often concomitant.

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