Sjögren’s Symptoms many patients experience are dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue, and joint pain. However, Sjögren’s can also cause dysfunction of organs such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. Patients also have a higher chance of developing lymphoma. Because it can affect so many different areas. Symptoms vary from person to person. Sometimes they look a lot like some other diseases, like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of this, it can sometimes be hard for your doctor to give you a diagnosis.
The two main symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome are:
Dry eyes. Your eyes might burn, itch or feel gritty — as if there’s sand in them.
Dry mouth. Your mouth might feel like it’s full of cotton, making it difficult to swallow or speak.
Some people with Sjögren’s disease also develop one or more of the following symptoms:
Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness
Inability to focus or ‘brain fog’
Swollen salivary glands — particularly the set located behind your jaw and in front of your ears