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The Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Guide by Teri P. Rumpf, Katherine Morland Hammitt

Little is known in the medical community about Sjogren's (pronounced show-grins) syndrome, although it is statistically the most prevalent autoimmune disorder in the US, afflicting some 2 to 4 million people, the majority of whom are women. Sufferers often spend years going from specialist to specialist before being properly diagnosed. This debilitating illness, in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own moisture producing glands, results in dry eyes and dry mouth, and dryness of the skin, nose, and vagina. It can also affect the kidneys, GI tract, blood vessels, lung, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. This is the first and only book to provide a specific program of self-help strategies for sufferers.

Authors Teri Rumpf and Kathy Hammitt are both Sjogren's sufferers. Their book offers you the most current medical information about Sjogren's along with an in-depth explanation of the disorder, including how it is diagnosed. The book will teach your how to advocate for yourself within the health care system and how to team up with your physician to coordinate the necessary medical care. Learn the most effective ways to reduce symptoms, deal with pain, and cope psychologically with Sjogren's challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572243569
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/09/2003
Series: Unassigned Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 276,651
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Teri P. Rumpf, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice specializing in treating patients who suffer from chronic illness. Rumpf knows firsthand the challenges of living with Sjögren’s syndrome. She has published numerous articles on living with chronic illness for both the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation and the Scleroderma Foundation. She lives in Newton Highlands, MA.

Table of Contents

Forewordv
Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Sjogren's Syndrome: What Is That?1
2What Makes Up a Diagnosis?19
3How Do You Treat Sjogren's?33
4More about the Medical Aspects47
5Doctors and Patients67
6Reactions to Illness89
7Riding a Roller Coaster of Emotions101
8Family and Friends127
9Living with Sjogren's Syndrome151
10Healing169
11Work and Disability183
12Research: Hope for the Future199
Resources213
References223
Index229

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