A Body Out of Balance

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One of the most common yet underrecognized autoimmune and rheumatological disorders.  Sjögren's (pronounced SHOW-grens) syndrome, or SjS, affects more people than rheumatoid arthritis and lupus combined.  Difficult to diagnose, SjS is characterized by symptoms that shift almost daily, usually beginning with vague discomforts such as dry eyes and dry mouth, then advancing to more severe concerns such as joint pain and swollen glands.  A Body Out of Balance provides a comprehensive guide to the wide ...

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Overview

One of the most common yet underrecognized autoimmune and rheumatological disorders.  Sjögren's (pronounced SHOW-grens) syndrome, or SjS, affects more people than rheumatoid arthritis and lupus combined.  Difficult to diagnose, SjS is characterized by symptoms that shift almost daily, usually beginning with vague discomforts such as dry eyes and dry mouth, then advancing to more severe concerns such as joint pain and swollen glands.  A Body Out of Balance provides a comprehensive guide to the wide array of symptoms, traditional and complementary treatments, and invaluable coping methods, so patients may devise a personal treatment plan.  Co written by a woman living with the disease and by a physician who has treated countless SjS patients, this indispensable resource will enhance awareness and demystify this often-misunderstood disorder.

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"Having SjS is a bit like having a demanding, exacting, unpredictable but needy two-year-old in your life-forever nagging for your attention," writes Fremes, leader of a Sjogren's Syndrome (SjS) support group. Known as the "dry eyes/dry mouth" disease, this autoimmune and rheumatological disorder can affect other organs and systems with devastating consequences. About four million people in the United States, primarily women, have it. With rheumatologist Carteron, Fremes has written a consumer's guide that covers all the basics: a brief overview of autoimmunity, diagnosis, medical treatments, self-care, genetics, and current and future areas of research. Encouraging a wellness lifestyle and good nutrition, the authors suggest conventional and complementary therapies to bring back balance and to cope with diminished quality of life. Especially valuable is their detailed advice on various products and medications for dealing with lack of moisture. However, the authors do not always present their technical information in understandable terms-no glossary is provided, and there are few real definitions. Libraries already owning Teri P. Rumpf's The Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Guide could probably pass. Otherwise, recommended for consumer health collections needing current information. (Index not seen.)-Lisa McCormick, Jewish Hosp. Lib., Cincinnati Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583331729
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 410,946
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Fremes, M.A., the author of nine books on health and nutrition and is the leader of a Sjögren's Syndrome support group.

Nancy Carteron, M.D., is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology in San Francisco. Her extensive research on autoimmunity has appeared in numerous medical journals and publications.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
Introduction xvii
What You Can Expect from This Book xix
Chapter 1 Understanding Sjogren's Syndrome 1
Chapter 2 Discovering a Diagnosis 17
Chapter 3 You, Your Doctor, and Sjogren's Syndrome 31
Chapter 4 Dry Eyes 44
Chapter 5 Dry Mouth, Nose, and Throat 63
Chapter 6 Extraglandular Involvement 76
Chapter 7 Pain and Fatigue 93
Chapter 8 Special Considerations 101
Chapter 9 The Emotional Toll of Chronic Disease 110
Chapter 10 Medications for Sjogren's Syndrome 120
Chapter 11 Nutrition and Autoimmune Disorders 135
Chapter 12 Complementary Medicine 145
Afterword 155
Appendix Clinical Guidelines for Oral Treatment and Dental Caries Prevention in Patients with Chronic Dry Mouth 157
Resources 165
Notes 174
Index 180
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