If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, you may be frustrated about the treatment options available to you. Many patients find that eye drops and mouth preparations give them relief from the dry eyes and mouth that are a hallmark of this disease, but they may be reluctant to begin a treatment plan of heavy medications to relieve the rest of their symptoms.
Unfortunately, Sjogren’s syndrome causes many other problems besides dry eyes and mouth. It’s an autoimmune illness, which can cause the following symptoms:
- Increased dental decay
- Joint pain
- Digestive problems
The good news for sufferers is that there are several alternative treatments available for patients who want to take a proactive approach to their health care.
Treating Dry Eyes and Mouth Naturally
As mentioned earlier, the main symptoms of this disease are dry eyes and mouth. In fact, the disorder is named after a Swedish ophthalmologist, who was the first to describe the condition. Therefore, treating this issue is generally the most important part of relieving Sjogren’s symptoms. Although artificial tears and saliva are a good way to alleviate the discomfort of this disease, natural methods are a good way of stimulating your body’s own lubrication production. The three key oils for dry eyes are:
- Fish oil (preferably in the form of salmon or tuna each day)
- Sea buckthorn oil (2,000 mg. per day)
- Evening primrose oil (3,000 mg. per day)
It’s very important to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. However, with permission you may find that the above are very helpful for alleviating dry eyes. In addition to the above supplements you may want to consider adding magnesium and B-complex vitamins. These may be able to alleviate dryness in the eyes and the mouth.
Treating the Pain and Fatigue
Many Sjogren’s patients have other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia or lupus. This can result in pain, fatigue and an overall feeling of being unwell. For symptoms like these, chiropractic care can be a great resource. Chiropractors are able to alleviate the swelling of joints and keep the body aligned properly so that the immune system is able to work properly. This can lead to the reduction of insomnia symptoms that many Sjogren’s sufferers have to cope with.
Your chiropractic team is well versed in alternative and complementary treatments for autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome. If you’re looking for a way to manage your symptoms without resorting to NSAIDs and prescription pain medication, contact your chiropractor. He or she will be able to help you get the relief you need without pills.
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