What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic (long-lasting) disorder that happens when the immune system attacks the glands that make moisture in the eyes, mouth, and other parts of the body. The main symptoms are dry eyes and mouth, but the disorder may affect other parts of the body. Many people with Sjogren’s syndrome say they feel tired often (fatigue). They also may have joint and muscle pain. In addition, the disease can damage the lungs, kidneys, and nervous system.
¿Qué es el síndrome de Sjögren? El síndrome de Sjögren es un trastorno crónico (de larga duración) que ocurre cuando el sistema inmunitario ataca las glándulas que producen humedad en los ojos, la boca y otras partes del cuerpo. Los síntomas principales son resequedad en los ojos y la boca, pero el trastorno puede afectar otras partes del cuerpo. Muchas personas con síndrome de Sjögren dicen que se sienten cansadas con frecuencia (fatiga). También pueden tener dolor en las articulaciones y en los músculos. Además, la enfermedad puede dañar los pulmones, los riñones y el sistema nervioso.
What is spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis happens when the spaces in the spine narrow and create pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that comes out of the base of the brain and runs down the center of the spine. The nerve roots branch out from the cord. In spinal stenosis, the narrowing usually occurs over time.
What are autoinflammatory diseases? Autoinflammatory diseases refer to problems with the immune system, which usually fights off viruses, bacteria, and infection. The problem causes your immune cells to attack your body by mistake. This can cause swelling that produces fever, rash, joint swelling, or serious buildup of a blood protein in your organs.
What is acne? Acne is a common skin condition that happens when hair follicles under the skin become clogged. Oil and dead skin cells plug the pores, and outbreaks of lesions (often called pimples or zits) can happen. Most often, the outbreaks occur on the face but can also appear on the back, chest, and shoulders. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties, but some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.
What is scleroderma? Scleroderma is an autoimmune connective tissue and rheumatic disease that causes inflammation in the skin and other areas of the body. This inflammation leads to patches of tight, hard skin. Scleroderma involves many systems in your body. A connective tissue disease is one that affects tissues such as skin, tendons, and cartilage. There are two major types of scleroderma: Localized scleroderma only affects the skin and the structures directly under the skin. Systemic scleroderma, also called systemic sclerosis, affects many systems in the body. This is the more serious type of scleroderma and can damage your blood
What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a long-lasting disorder that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body. It also can cause you to feel overly tired (fatigue) and have trouble sleeping. Doctors do not fully understand what causes fibromyalgia, but people with the disorder are more sensitive to pain.
¿Qué es la fibromialgia? La fibromialgia es un trastorno crónico (de larga duración) que causa dolor y sensibilidad en todo el cuerpo. También puede hacer que se sienta demasiado cansado (fatiga) y que tenga problemas para dormir. Los médicos no comprenden completamente qué causa la fibromialgia, pero las personas con el trastorno son más sensibles al dolor.