Fibromyalgia Symptoms Overlap with Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome

Severe Depression

Fibromyalgia is already known to share symptoms with those of Sjogren’s syndrome and both are linked to severe depression. Sjogren’s affects the salivary glands and has symptoms include dry mouth and dry eyes. However, the causes of Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease, are much better understood than those of fibromyalgia, whose origin is still not known. A study of Sjogren’s patients found that nearly 30 percent also suffered from fibromyalgia, as well as discovering many ways in which the two conditions overlap.

100 Sjogren’s Syndrome Patients

Researchers conducting a study involving 100 Sjogren’s syndrome patients found the comorbidity. Sjogren’s patients experienced fibromyalgia pain, inflammation of the muscles and nerves as well as throughout their bodies along with the dry mouth and eyes characteristic of Sjogren’s. Fibromyalgia’s symptoms can contribute to depression due to its mental and physical impact on patients.

Fibromyalgia is Similar to Arthritic Conditions

In terms of its symptoms, fibromyalgia is similar to arthritic conditions and is often treated as if it were a rheumatic condition, since it also affects soft tissue and joints. However, fibromyalgia patients also experience a constellation of other symptoms which may include stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive issues, difficulty sleeping, tingling or numbness in the extremities, sensitivity to temperature, light and sound, severe menstrual pain, headache and fatigue, among others.

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