Recently I have got a few clients with chronic, unexplainable dryness / itchiness of the eyes, dryness of the throat, sores in the mouth and pain in the joints.
Usually these symptoms can last for years before people get properly diagnosed. Most of the time, clients have seen many doctors and TCM practitioners but it is not resolved cos autoimmune is not easy to diagnose and there is no cure. However the symptoms may be managed & prevented by having a better diet/lifestyle.
Today I wanna talk abt Sjogren’s syndrome.
Similar to rheumatoid arthritis, it is a chronic autoimmune disease whereby the body’s white blood cells starts attacking the exocrine glands, especially the lacrimal (responsible for secreting tears) & salivary glands.
It can also lead to rashes and pain in the joints due to the inflammation of blood vessels. It could lead to inflammation vital organs such as the lungs and kidneys.
2. Hormonal: Women are more likely to develop Sjogren’s syndrome due to the female sex hormone, estrogen.
3. Environmental: Exposure to mutagens such as radiation or a chemical substance which cause genetic mutation.
A bad lifestyle of late nights, alcohol, diet of processed foods and sweet drinks, stress and emotional problems, all contribute to upsetting the hormones & worsening of the condition.
If you have been plagued by symptoms of pain, dryness, itchiness, fatigue, depression, I urge you take a sabbatical leave & reorganize your life. 1 year in exchange of decades of wellness to come.
Many said they can't change their job or the situation in the family now. Well you don't have to do it now. Plan ur finances & exit e work place/department in the next 6 months or 1 yr if the environment is toxic. The fact that u can see the silver lining in time to come, mentally it is already a relief.
For family, you can't change your father, mother/someone, so u can only change how you look at them & constantly learn to be more loving. Prevent situations where you will clash. Find friends and hobbies that can help you feel happy & joyful to balance the emotions, u'll be better.
Jacelyn Tay 13/01/2021
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