Research about the overlap of interstitial cystitis (IC) and Sjogren's Syndrome is very limited. Care reports are beginnning to pop up in the clinical literature. And, the Social Security Administration (SSA) lists Sjogren's Syndrome in the Social Security Disability Insurance guidelines and highlights IC as one of many overlapping conditions experienced by people with Sjogren’s.
Sjogren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes dryness in your mouth and eyes. It can also cause dryness in your nose, throat and skin, and affect your joints, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, digestive organs and nerves. In Sjogren's syndrome, your immune system mistakenly attacks the glands in your body that make tears and saliva.
Sjogren's Syndrome is more common in women and people over 40. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms such as dry mouth and dry eyes.
For the latest information on Sjogrens, please visit the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation website.
Revised December 16, 2010