Here's what I learned.
Sjogren's syndrome can create two types of symptoms, or manifestations: glandular and extraglandular. Many Sjoggies only develop glandular symptoms, but others like me are lucky enough to be blessed with both types of symptoms.
Glandular symptoms arise due to lymphocytic damage in lacrimal, or tear-producing, glands; and salivary, or saliva - producing glands. In other words, lymphocytes, specific white blood cells, mistakenly identify normal tear and saliva producing tissue as not belonging to the body, and destroy those tissues. The result?
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Altered sense of taste and smell
- Dry upper respiratory tract
- Voice becomes hoarse after speaking
- Development of oral yeast infections, or candidiasis
- Parototitis, or inflammation of the parotid salivary glands, and production of stones in the salivary glands
- Gastro-intestinal tract
- Neurological system
- Reproductive system
- Increased incidence of lymphoma
Excellent image above found on the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation website.