Sjögren’s syndrome is a common autoimmune disease, affecting as many as 4 million Americans, 90 percent of them women. Dry mouth and dry eyes are its hallmark symptoms, a result of the body’s own white blood cells attacking the glands that produce saliva and tears. The dryness can lead to constantly burning eyes, tooth loss, acid reflux and trouble swallowing.
But the burden of the disease does not stop there. Many patients also report fatigue, depression, anxiety and trouble with concentration and memory.